Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tea Towel Tour Complete

I recently wrapped up the Craftster Tea Towel Tour, and I couldn't be more pleased with what was returned to me. I started with a very pale green cloth napkin and asked for an underwater theme from my fellow swappers. I bound the napkin in a favorite Flea Market Fancy print that reminds me of seaweed. Here's a full shot of my towel:

My completed TTT5 towel

I started the tour by embroidering an initial design for myself to set the tone for the towel. I decided on this octopus design from the Badbird blog.

TTT5 | My design

The towel first traveled to SarahJ2001, who stitched up a cute little seahorse:

TTT5 | SarahJ2001's design

Sarah forwarded the towel along to IamSusie, who added this great little Nemo fish:

TTT5 | IamSusie's design

Susie then sent the towel across the pond to Kitten Wrangler, who created a coral made entirely of french knots. The texture on this one is amazing:

TTT5 | Kitten Wrangler's design

The towel then traveled back to the U.S. and landed in the Bay Area with ritapizza, whose contribution is this beautiful mermaid inspired by Heather Ross' Mendocino line of fabrics:

TTT5 | ritapizza's design

For its final stop, the towel made its way to PearliePie, who added another piece of undersea plant life:

TTT5 | PearliePie's design

I had such a great time participating in my first Tea Towel Tour. It has really helped me develop my embroidery skills and add a new dimension to my sewing and crafting. I hope to be able to rejoin the tour for round 6!


  1. How fun!!!! It looks awesome too. I love the sea coral with all of those french knots.

  2. Because you started this handstitching I was inspired to do something for my daughter's friend for xmas but I can't blog about it because she reads it!:) I can't wait to show it to you!:)

  3. it turned out beautiful!! what a great keepsake!!

  4. what a great idea! I love how it turned out!

  5. Hi John!

    Did you know that your blog made it into Quiltmaker magazine? It's listed on page 10 under "blogs to watch" (January/February 2010 issue).

    We all knew you were a "rock star" & now the entire world knows it too!!

    Have a great day,

    Sherry V.

  6. Hi Quilt Dad,

    I have been following your blog for a while. Your blog is really AWESOME! I enjoy reading your blog and also the tutorials you share.

    I really like this tea towel idea. This is fun!

    Thanks for sharing

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  8. Hi Quilt Dad! I love to embroider...and I appreciate yours! Keep up the great work! Isn't it fun! Just today my granddaughters where watching Nemo, and I was thinking what a great creation in either quilt or embroidery he would make...You bet me to it...LOL.

  9. it turned out beautiful!! what a great keepsake!!

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