Love my Bee

 I have been monogramming my tea towels since 1997.  I know it was 1997, because I date them too.

I’m in favour of doing anything that adds a little grace to the everyday.  I started on huckaback, then found plain piqué tea towels at Ikea, then found linen ones there too!  Not very good quality linen…

Poppy Fabrics of beloved memory used to stock narrow loom, high quality linen, and I was hooked – bought ten yards at a time and merrily cross-stitched away, making hand towels, glass towels and tea towels for my friends, although I noticed in house after house that they were proudly displayed in their pristine state: no-one wanted to use them!

Not so with my own, especially now I am using the natural linen, far more forgiving to the odd coffee stain than white.

I do have plain black cotton tea towels as well, and feel free to abuse them, because the linen ones are my favorites.  Hands down.

I use smaller off-cuts from the linen I use for my bedding, which is a little odd. Who coordinates their tea towels with their bedding?! Note to self: get out more, starting tonight, Farmer’s Market downtown San Rafael.

About Tricia Rose

Not distracted by shiny objects.
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28 Responses to Love my Bee

  1. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says:

    The bee design is adorable and I love your header.

  2. Liz says:

    Very Cute. I love the bee! :)


  3. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says:

    That is such a pretty tea towel with the bee on it. I would love to be able to do that.

  4. Anne Marie says:

    i really like your headboard! and the bee!!!

    thanks for you sweet comment today on my post of having children… many women can relate I think! to think you got frowns when only with three children – I don't remember that – but I could have blocked it out of memory!!

    Anne Marie

  5. Sarah says:

    Adorable. Now I want to know what you found at the Farmer's Market. ~ Sarah

  6. Vintagesouthernlife says:

    Cute! Love your little bee…and how smart to date them as well.

  7. Diann says:

    What a pretty tea towel! Love that you add the special details!

  8. Sweet Bee Cottage says:

    Lovin' your bee too! Did you cross stitch these or use an embroidery machine? These are SOOOOO stinkin' cute.

  9. Karna says:

    Ohhh love them, and LOVE linnen….Have a nice weekend!

  10. Patricia Torres says:

    Oh lovely!! the bee design looks gorgeous.. Im impressed (I could never do this on my own)

  11. brismod says:

    I use my linen tea towels but they are definitely not as handsome as yours. x

  12. HoosierHomemade says:

    I love the bee too! Really nice!
    I'd love for you to come join in the fun, on my other blog, It's A Blog Party. I host a different linky everyday, Fridays are all about decorating!

  13. Eric and Hannah Avery says:

    Very cute! I like that color of linen!


  14. Atticmag says:

    Your monogramming work is lovely. Instant vintage!

    We have a fantastic backsplash giveaway that might be useful to you and would be a perfect S&T item. Please stop by our Giveaway Friday! Jane F,

  15. Everything Coastal says:

    One of my best friends in Seattle is a bee nut! She would love these –


  16. sealaura says:

    Gorgeous work dear Tricia and that bee is so sweet. I am all about bees this summer. I have a pin that I have been wearing a lot. Thanks so much for your sweet comment about my Newman. We are very proud of him!

    Wishing you a great weekend and do get out and enjoy!

  17. Struggler says:

    Lovely bee! What a fun detail to add.

  18. Bella says:

    Hi Tricia, Love your sweet bees :-) )
    Thanks for visiting!

  19. awal.ny says:

    I love linen, my girlfriend has family from Irland and she has taught me how beautiful handmade linen can be. My favorite are the monogramed ones, I love your little bee and that you date them. I just wanted to let you know that the flowers in my corn stalks are not real. I wire and hot glue them in place. I have been lucky enough to remove the flowers and bows and use them for other projects.

  20. La Dolfina says:

    Your tea towels are lovely. Does Saffron & Genevieve carry these as well? She should.
    Have a wonderful long weekend Tricia Rose.

  21. Bonnie @ House of Grace says:

    So beautiful!!! Have a great weekend!
    Bonnie :)

  22. char72 says:

    I just bought a couple of towels with bees on them. That's why I bought them. because of the bees. I like bees. I did a post on bees a couple of days ago.

  23. allison tait says:

    I love these! I am in awe of anyone who can do useful things with sewing machines and other crafty tools. If my tea towels looked like yours, I'd coordinate my whole house around them.

  24. Googlover/keishua says:

    Sweet. I was embroidering tea towels earlier this year. It was such a therapeutic practice.

  25. Amy @MaisonDecor says:

    I love the little bee monogram! What kind of a sewing machine of you use? I make a lot of custom draperies but do not have a monogrammer..I was captured by your header, very unique! Also am following your blog now.

  26. Secret Garden Cottage says:

    Beautiful bee on a beautiful tea towel! :)

  27. Tricia Rose says:

    Amy, I monogram by hand, but also sew on a Bernina, a Pfaff, and a little workhorse Singer just for buttonholes. My handwork is really for relaxation.

    If you want to see outstanding monograms, go to Ludwiga's Linens: I think I love them all – she researches old patterns and adapts them.

  28. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    I am so happy that I have found your beautiful, lovely, fabulous blog! YOu are right about bringing grace notes to our homes by adding beauty to everyday things. I just love your attitude… and your tea towels.
    Wonderful to stop by!!!

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