Genae also gave me an embroidered kitchen tea towel and a guest towel from the Kimberly House range that I will show you below. Having just been to a bridal shower and kitchen tea I thought what a lovely and special gift these hand embroidered towels would be for a new bride.
My tea towel is made of soft 100% cotton waffle-weave fabric and it is embroidered with satin stitch peas.
It's not easy to embroider on waffle-weave cloth, but as you can see in the close up photo of the peas above the satin stitch lies neatly and smoothly on the uneven surface. I'd love to be a fly on the wall and see how it is embroidered.
You can see the rest of the range of kitchen towels on the Kimberly House website here. (Don't you like the strawberries and the radishes?)
My guest towel is embroidered with a spray of lavender on a fine white linen fabric. Look at the elegant little touch of drawn thread work on the hem.
It's so pretty that I don't want to use it and have put it away for a very special visitor to use. The guest towels are available in both white and the chic natural colour linen shown here.
I had previously seen the Kimberly House website and liked their range of embroidered items, but I was particularly impressed by the finish on them when I actually saw the real thing. If you are looking for a gift for a new baby, there is also a sweet and stylish selection of hand embroidered gifts for babies here.
My ex-Zimbabwean readers may be interested to know that all the embroidery was originally done in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately the factory there no longer operates and the embroidery is currently done by hand by embroiderers in Vietnam. Genae is currently on a visit to the factory in Vietnam to find out more about it. I did drop some broad hints about accompanying her to carry her suitcase, but no luck there. I'm sure it will be a fascinating visit and I wish Genae much success.
Photos courtesy of Kimberly house.
Disclaimer: I received a gift of two towels, but I do not benefit in any way from publishing this review.