We made a Tea Towel!

The time has come to reveal something I’ve been extremely excited about for some time. The Kate Davies Designs tea towel!

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My pal Felix (AKA KnitSonik artiste extraordinaire, Felicity Ford) has been hand-drawing schematic illustrations for me for a while. Now, I may be able to design a sweater, but I really am totally rubbish at drawing them in any context. There is a reason why I have never shown you one of my preliminary sketches for my designs . . . and this is because they are so bad that Tom and Mel have, on, occasion, howled with laughter upon observing them. Happily, after producing a design, I am perfectly capable of drafting up a schematic on my Mac in Illustrator or Photoshop, but I do find there is something incredibly pleasing about a hand-drawn illustration of a hand-knitted item. And Felix’s drawings are particularly pleasing. She is good at drawing knitting, I think, because she is a knitter.

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Quite apart from their excellence and use as schematic illustrations in my patterns, I just loved Felix’s drawings, and there was just something so jolly about having all of my sweaters gathered together in illustrated form. It occurred to me how amazing such a gathering would look printed up on that most humble but necessary of textiles . . . the kitchen tea towel! When I suggested this to Felix, she jumped at the idea and got to work drawing more sweaters. After some help from Nic with the towel’s design and layout, we had a screen made up, and some nice folk in London printed and stitched them up for us! I have been very excited about their arrival, and now they are finally here I am even more excited, because they really are lovely.

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The tea towels are made from a good quality 100% Fair Trade cotton. They feature 11 of Felix’s illustrations of my sweater designs – perhaps one you knitted is there?

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So, if you fancy a nice new tea towel, you can find them in my shop here.

36 responses

  1. Omg… I am hollerin’ laughter ! This has got to be the most brilliant Kate Davies novelty ! Oh, and I’m loving a peek at your new kitchen…. LOVE your kitchen ! I can’t wait to see your tea towels in action, cradling some exquisite treat just out of that SMART looking cooking/baking ensemble :) x

    • So surprised to see another Dixie here! I’m in southern Pennsylvania, on the Maryland line; I’d love to know where you are!

  2. This tea towel is too nice to use! I want to frame it.

    Your kitchen tiles are wonderful, too, by the way. Thanks for giving us a close-up!

  3. The tea towel is totally perfect and I will order one immediately …. maybe two while I’m at it so I can give one to a friend. I know it will bring a face-lifting smile to my elderly and rather senile rayburn and kitchen!

  4. Dear Kate, this nearly brought tears to my eyes ( in the best possible way). This is like a family reunion portrait, all those charming, unique, well-loved characters. I love the towel and second the poster idea. Love Love Love. Well done, you two.

  5. They look lovely, Kate. Felix has done an amazing job on the illustrations! I find illustrations of knitted designs particularly pleasing, especially when I have some of them in my wardrobe.

  6. I will add the one I ordered to my stash to tea towels. I have high hopes of one day sewing them all together to make a lovely quilt/blanket.

  7. One does love a tea towel when one is the dishwasher of the house. And I’ve just moved house, so house warming pressie too! Ta!

  8. Love it! I have already ordered one for myself but I would like to order mulitples. Is this possible? I couldn’t figure out a way to do it other than one-at-a-time.

    Thanks,

    Lee Wittenstein

  9. As I knit a small project, socks, hats and such, I wrap them in a tea towel. This keeps the yarn and thin needles safe with the project and all easily removed from a project bag that has so much more stuff in it. I can pin needed bits and pieces to the tea towel too.

    What better way to wrap a work in progress than a tea towel with such lovely hand drawings of larger projects to dream about.

  10. Thank you for my lovely tea towel, which I ordered the minute I saw it on your website! It arrived just a few days later, so thanks for the speedy service! (And I couldn’t help but order a sock kit too. Oops!)

  11. I got my tea towels today and love them. I knew I would…which was why I ordered 2, so I could frame one. Just ordered the frame and can’t wait to hang it on the wall above a nice white wooden cabinet I got at a used furniture store, where I store my yarn! The other tea towel will come out at book group meetings! :)

    • I store my yarn in the cabinet…not at the used furniture store, though now that I think of it, that store would be just right for an expanding yarn stash! Heh!

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