About a month or so ago I wrote in a blog post that I have a terrible time using dish towels that have been embroidered. I wrote about it in this post. I just hate to see them all stained!! About three years ago I bought a complete set of towels promising myself I would use them. I didn’t and ended up selling them. So I was at the thrift store and saw this towel.
In my mind I could hear all the comments that blog readers had written on the last post I did about dish towels encouraging me to use them…
JudyB wrote: “I love embroidered dish towels! I don’t have any problem using them as it’s what my Grandmother/Mother wanted, but I have a terrible time throwing them away after holes and stains develop.”
Brenna wrote: “My 97 year old grandmother recently moved out of her home. I was the recipient of several sets of embroidered towels. I’m fairly positive they had been in the chest where we found them for well over 50 years. I use the towels – what else should I do with them? They could sit in a box for another 50 years, or I can get a good decade of use out of them. It’s that, or my granddaughter finds them when they’re cleaning out my attic, at which point they’ll probably be falling apart. :) Someone I don’t know made them, but I’m going to appreciate her hard work hanging from my oven handles as long as I can.”
Joanne wrote: “I thoroughly enjoy buying and using embroidered items at sales. I think of the person who did the work and smile. I enjoy the connection to another generation. My friend’s mother always put her embroidered pillowcases away “for best”. I use every embroidered pillowcase and towel I find.”
ColleenM wrote: “Jo, you are not the only one who doesn’t want to use her “good” embroidered dish towels. I recently decided to start using the ones I made for my “hope chest” over 40 years ago!! What was I keeping them for? For some relative to throw them in a bag and donate grandma/aunt colleen’s silly dish towels to the Goodwill after I’m gone?! Nope, not going to save things for good any more. ”
Diane wrote: “I’m one of those that uses up nice embroidered dish towels that have been gifts. Love every minute of using them. Decided several years that what I leave behind maybe no one will cherish so why not enjoy it myself. I did save my mothers embroidered towels after she passed. I had been using them but put them away and they are going in a quilt I’m going to make for myself. It’s a memory quilt I’ve want to make for myself for some time now and one day coming soon will get going on it. Memories of my life.”
Susan the Farm Quilter said: “My grandmother had a set of the days of the week dish towels that were new – she just had to save them for good – so I got them and I use them all the time! Just like our quilts, I don’t want them to be saved for good – please, love them to pieces!”
Okay. YEP. I was going to buy this towel (for $1.50 by the way) and USE it. I was going to use this towel. It already had stains. I could use this towel. Yes. I could.
So…I got it home. I opened it up. I wanted to see how bad the stains were…
Wow…it was a genuine feed sack.
The writing is still on it.
Then a small note came fluttering out of the towel….See?
AH…. It’s happening all over again. Can I use this towel? I can bet that this towel belonged to the lady who made it. I can bet that as she aged she started to “put her house in order”…marking pictures, tossing junk, labeling things she thought was important. I’m sure she inserted this note into the towel. No one saw it…or no one cared.
YES! I can use this towel and I’m going to. Someone needs to appreciate her work. Someone needs to honor the pride she took in making it. That person is me. I can’t promise I’d use a whole set of towels but I am for sure using this one. Progress…people. That’s progress for me!!
Thanks so much to all of you who commented. I really do read each and every comment and so many touch me in ways you never know. THANK YOU for your time in writing them and sharing a bit of yourself.