I had to post a picture of my finished red-work kitchen towels--they're finally done. The vast majority of this stitching was done in the car on the way to and from Colorado in July, an effective means of distracting myself from the fact that my husband was driving SO FAST across the plains of Oklahoma that he actually ran over two birds AT THE SAME TIME, but that shall be a post for another day.
Anyway, what was I talking about? Oh yes, the towels--
Here's a close-up of the embroidery of each towel. I plan to do a binding (probably red and white toile) around each one, but it may take me a while to get to it. Plus, I'm shuddering at the thought of actually using these in my kitchen, home of muddy hands and melted Velveeta. These babies may be getting framed.
That last one was the hardest--the little strawberry leaves on the Sunday towel were quite tedious. If anyone is looking for an easy and satisfying handwork hobby, I highly recommend giving simple embroidery a shot.
*UPDATED TO ADD*
To answer a question a couple of you e-mailed, Heavens no, I didn’t do them in freehand! I transferred them onto the towels using an iron-on set I got at Wal Mart. The towel set cost, I believe, $5; the iron-on pattern was around $2. Embroidery thread is so cheap you could pay for it by searching your couch cushions. My kind of hobby.