1940s Embroidered Linen Tea Towel - Day of the Week Design - Saturday Baking
On Saturday afternoons, when all the things are done in the house and there is no real work left to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on the deck and look out at my garden. Maya Angelou
This vintage 1940s linen tea towel is so fun for a number of different reasons. First off, it was made from the fabric of a 1940s flour sack - a thrifty sewing project, created by someone who wanted to add a little color and a little functionality to their kitchen. Secondly, it is beautifully hand embroidered with a day of the week design, featuring a girl baking in the kitchen. Thirdly, the featured day of the week is everyone's favorite...Saturday!
Vintage day of the week tea towels and linens have been popular collectors items since the 1930s'. Each day of the week featured a different household chore that needed to be done (washing, sewing, ironing etc). Embroidery designs vary greatly with different chores or obligations - sometimes if you are lucky, you can find a whole set Monday-Sunday and other times it is just more fun to mix and match.
Vintage feed sacks and dry good staples were wonderful blank canvases to work with in regards to a wide variety of sewing projects. Back in the 1940's, while people were still recovering from the Great Depression, dry good bags were repurposed into clothing, quilts, toys, rugs, cleaning cloths, curtains and a host of other clever uses. These sewing projects became so popular that the distribution companies starting making their bags in a host of printed designs including stripes, florals and bright colors so that home sewers would have more variety of fabric to work with.
- Embroidery colors include: lime green, pink, goldenrod, orange, black and brown. Linen fabric colors include: red, grey, blue, yellow, brown and key lime.
- Soft linen material
- Embroidery design features a girl in a hoop skirt, baking at a kitchen table
Bright and very clean, there are no stains or spots except for a tiny little pumpkin colored dot of a spot below the girl's right shoe (please see photo). All the stitches are tight and there are no frayed edges.
Measures 23" inches (length) x 15" inches (width)
Vintage linens work great in a variety of situations... hang this pretty one on the handle of your oven for bold graphic display, line your bread basket or tea tray with it for fun conversation during party time, frame it behind glass for unique kitchen art or incorporate it into one of your own sewing projects and continue the art of crafting for another 75 years..