Vintage Embroidered Kitchen Linen Tea Towel with Daffodil Flowers
... And to dream the old dreams over is a luxury divine... James Whitcomb Riley
Hand-embroidered with a pretty trio of colorful flowers, this vintage kitchen linen features a unique color palette of coral, spring green, chocolate, pumpkin, and peach. Possibly someone's needlepoint whimsy for spring given the daffodil design, this is also a pretty arrangement of colors for fall and summer fruit season too. It looks gorgeous paired with peach, coral or pale green dishes, rustic wood cutting boards and servers, and a variety of foods including homey baked goods like brownies, chocolate chip cookies, pancakes, and muffins.
Thread styles include French knot, lazy daisy, cross-stitch, stem stitch, and backstitch, along with a chocolate stripe at the top and bottom edge and a patch of applique in the center of each flower petal. Thoughtfully executed with great attention paid to composition and design, there are two wonderful handmade hallmarks in the thread design. 1) a slightly non-linear cross-stitch segment below the center flower stalk and 2) a tie off of a French knot executed on the front instead of the back which is located just above the coral daffodil. These aren't condition issues, as the cloth is completely intact and all threads are tight, but they both are lovely nods to the fact that there was a real seamstress behind this design and not a machine.
Although unsigned and undated, we can only assume the time period in which this one line was made. Given the unique color plate, we would guess it to date to the late 1960s or early 1970s when rustic browns, oranges, and greens were fashionable.
So pretty for tea trays, dish drying, or kitchen display, this floral linen adds instant vintage charm to any setting.
- Hand-embroidered design on soft ivory linen
In lovely vintage condition. Contains no spots, rips or holes.
Measures 15" inches (width) x 19" inches (length)