Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12

Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12

Regular price $40

It was the creativity of it all and the fact that she could make something beautiful and functional. DeDe S. on her mom's hand-sewing of these sailboat linens

{HISTORY}

During the 20th century, there was a woman of Italian heritage named Teresa who lived with her family on the Iron Range in Minnesota. A go-getter from the very beginning, Teresa made her skills in baking, sewing, and entrepreneurialism known right away as a young girl winning all sorts of awards and accolades for her talents during her school-age years.  After college and a degree earned in home economics, Teresa married, became a wife and a mother, and also a business owner, and a writer of a sewing column for her local newspaper. Making and designing clothing, draperies, and linens for area residents was Teresa's passion, and even though she was a devoted mom and a wife she was also devoted to her creative skills. This passion for self-expression is what fueled her sewing business, Teresina, which she ran while also raising her family through the 1950s. This pair of vintage applique sailboat linens, hand-stitched by Teresa during those passion years are just one example of her creative talents when it came to needlework. 

Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing Teresa's daughter who not only shared a bevy of stories about her mom's engaging life but also shared her linens. In an attempt to always credit sewers of the past whose needlework so often goes unacknowledged, we are completely thrilled to be able to attach a name, a face (her photo is included here along with a photo of her vintage shop ribbon!) and a story with these linens. 

Beautifully executed, their black, white and yellow (a shade that lies somewhere between gold, marigold and mustard) color palette is both timeless and elegant. Sized at 20" inches x 12" inches they offer lots of options in the styling department. We love them especially for bar cart styling, tray liners and table display. But we also equally love them for Teresa's story - threadworks of life in 20th century America that often go undocumented. Touched by hand, designed by heart, these are linens that bring history to life.

{SPECIAL FEATURES}

- Handstitched

- Matching pair of two

- Historic provenance

- Linen material with cotton with applique and embroidery threads

{CONDITION}

In gorgeous condition. No spots, stains, holes or pulled threads.

{SIZE}

Each linen measures 20.25" inches (length)  x 12.25" inches (width)

{LEARN MORE ABOUT TERESA}

More stories and photographs of Teresa will be coming to the blog In May as we share her daughter's full interview about her mom's intriguing life. Look for more of Teresa's needlework in the shop along with other vintage and antique linens that she collected over her lifetime. 

Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12
Vintage Embroidered Sailboat Applique Linen Kitchen Towels - Handstitched circa 1940s-1950s - Pair of Two 20x12