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.