France in July – DIY Embroidered Tea Towel Calendar

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I can’t believe I almost threw this away.  I was having one of those cleaning fits at work, you know the kind where you go a little crazy and start throwing everything away that’s not nailed down. Well, I came across this beautiful tea towel calendar I received as an Anniversary gift from Cavalini Papers.  It was from last year and outdated but I saved it because I loved it so.  And like I said, I was in one of those kind of cleaning fits and it was about to go from my “maybe” pile into my “goodbye” pile when a friend of mine convinced me to keep it.

“Make an apron out of it.” she said. Okay, I thought, I’ll keep it and stuck it on my craft room to-do shelf at home with a bazillion other of my someday to-do’s.

I was digging around for some fabric a couple weeks ago and ran across the calendar again.  Mu husband and I had been watching the Tour de France coverage and it reminded us of our wonderful vacation in France last year.  In 2013. Wait, what, is that the same date on the towel?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! It’s from 2013, it says Paris on the top and there is French writing in the background.  I had actually considered throwing this towel away! Sheesh.  So now, with a little embroidery I’ve turned it into a lovely memoir of our trip.  I’m thinking that I might have to start a collection of Embroidered Tea Towels and that an Embroidered Tea Towel Calender for a Wedding Gift would be cute idea too!

MATERIALS

Embroidered Tea Towel Calender Materials

  • Embroidery Floss
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Scissors
  • Thread Heaven – oh so helpful!
  • Tea Towel Calender

MARK YOUR EMBROIDERY LINES

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  • With a pencil, lightly trace a circle around the dates you want to embroider on.
  • I used my well worn Susan Bates “Knit-Check” as a template, but if you don’t have one of these, you could trace around the end of a pencil eraser or straw.

PREPARE YOUR FLOSS

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  • I used 4 strands of the 6 strand floss.  (The numbers were very close on my calendar, so I wanted a thinner line.  You may be able to use the entire strand.)
  • Divide out the strands you want to use and hold them in one hand.  With your other hand, gently pull your finger down between the strands, allowing the floss to untwist as you go.

Embroidered Tea Towel Calender Thread Heaven

  • Thread Heaven is a wonderful little product that conditions your floss making it easier to use and less apt to tangle.  Here’s a link to the benefits of Thread Heaven and more detailed usage instructions.
  • Run your thread over the Thread Heaven a couple of times to lightly coat it.

EMBROIDERED TEA TOWEL CALENDAR TUTORIAL

 

HOW TO EMBROIDER A TEA TOWEL CALENDER

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And I thought I’d share a few pictures…

STREETS OF PARIS

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SOUTH OF FRANCE

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We were lucky last year, the lavender bloomed late so we were able to see it in all of its glory.

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Above is a picture from the Saturday morning Market in Apt, France. Having never been to a market before I was unsure of what to expect, but it was rows and rows of stands full of fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses, spices, handmade soaps, clothing and everything else you can imagine French. It was an explosion of colors and aromas and a photographers dream. We brought back handmade soaps and lavenders, but if I could of have stashed away the strawberries and heirloom tomatoes in my suitcase I would have. To see more lavender and other photos from the market, here is a link to my Photobucket account.

TOUR DE FRANCE – HERE THEY COME!

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final lap

And the sun sets on our final day in Paris.  Sigh.

Comments

  1. Julie Foster says:

    What a great idea! The universe kept trying to inspire you and it finally worked!

  2. WOW! beautiful photos!!! Thanks for sharing. I will make it to France someday. :)

  3. Chrissy says:

    Another fun, creative project. Beautiful towel and I love how meaningful it turned out to be!

  4. Karen,
    Super cute project idea… We love to hear & see the projects, we’ve become apart of.
    Thank you for mentioning “Thread Heaven” in your blog post! We are happy to hear you like our product as well.

    By the way, beautiful images of your trip.
    One of our Thread Heaven family has been an avid cyclist here in Sonoma County, California for years, but has only dreamed of making it to the “Tour de France” himself. :)

    Cheers & Happy Stitching!

    Sandy

    • Thank you Sandy! I really enjoy working with your product and always happy to share “good tips and tricks” with others. My husband is the cyclist in our family and he’s dreaming of riding someday through California! :) Thanks again, k

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