Fast, inexpensive, and easy to create, this Redwork Chicken Tea Towel makes a fun addition to your kitchen or a lovely, thoughtful gift.
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If you know me at all, you know that I have an entire room full of sewing, painting, drawing, and other craft projects to complete. (Don't even get me started about the writing projects that I have "in-progress.")
How about you? What's in your "Project Closet"?
Don't you ever just want to start and finish a project in the same day? That's how I've been feeling lately. So I started cruising Pinterest for some creative inspiration, and I ended up finding a huge board of old-fashionedlike my great-grandma used to do, including an adorable chicken pattern. Eureka!
A chicken tea towel was a perfect afternoon project! Fast, inexpensive, and simple to create. Plus - so cute!
These little ladies joined our family last week, so I've had chickens on my mind lately. Meet Mamie Eisenhower, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, and (for all you history buffs) Harriet Lane Johnston.
With just a quick search, I found a collection of free vintage embroidery patterns. Even better, the images themselves are from the 1940's and are all in public domain! I drew up my own version of "chicken & chicks" for this project, and you can download the pattern PDF here → FREE Redwork Chicken Pattern.
[NOTE: You are welcome to share this pattern with others if you link it back to this webpage.]
Here's my finished towel. Isn't this just adorable? If you want to make one of these lovelies, it will cost you just a few bucks and a couple of hours.
- Download and print the FREE Redwork Chicken Pattern. Transfer the pattern to the front of your flour sack tea towel. For a design this simple, I usually just trace the main parts of the design directly onto the fabric with a soft pencil or removable ink. You can do this by using a light table, or just holding it over a window.
- Hoop it up and embroider. Most of the needlework is done in a simple outline stitch using 2 strands of floss. The chicken eyes and the small flowers are worked in french knots, and the larger flowers are a french knot surrounded by lazy-daisy stitches.
Tea Towel - I used a cool retro tea towel that I bought at Joann’s (3 for about $5 with a coupon). You can also use a plain flour sack tea towel, or just make one out of muslin.
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