American Artisans: Thistle Rose Weaving




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handwoven dish towel

Thistle Rose Weaving is the fifth in my Sunday series featuring American Artisans. There are so many exceptionally talented craftspeople across the country who share a love of all things handmade, and this is my chance to introduce them to you. These artisans are creating beautiful and useful products that elevate the experience of everyday cooking and eating, and they’re using skills and techniques that might otherwise be lost in our era of throwaway mass production. Their work makes me happy, and I hope it does the same for you. Each feature will be paired with a giveaway to give you the chance to experience their work for yourselves. I’ll be doing these features every other Sunday for the foreseeable future, so be sure to check back, and enjoy!

Beautiful cotlin yarn handwoven dish towel

Hey all!  Today I’m excited to introduce you to Martha Witcher.  Martha weaves traditional Scandinavian style textiles from her home studio in Metamora Illinois, under the watchful eye of her Old English Sheepdog, Sam.  Martha is a completely self taught weaver, and yet Thistle Rose Weaving has been a Martha Stewart American Made Finalist for the past 2 years, and has won numerous other awards and distinctions.  It was her beautifully thick and colorful dish towels that first caught my eye, and I thought they’d be something that you, my fellow cooks, would love to see.  I think these towels, maybe more than anything else in this series so far, symbolize the whole larger issue of handmade vs mass produced products.   On the one hand a dish towel is the most lowly of possessions,  and you might be thinking, why would anyone spend time and money on something that is essentially a rag?  Well, read on…and as always, check the bottom of the post for the details on how to win one of these beautiful towels for yourself…

towel in progress, Thistle Rose Weaving

Why buy handwoven dish towels?  For starters, just like with most hand made things, you’re getting super high quality.  Martha weaves her textiles, one thread at a time, from pure cotton, and cotlin (60%cotton, 40% linen) yarns.   The weave is precise, making a long lasting and durable product.  For those of us who love to cook and spend lots of time in our kitchens, dish towels are in constant rotation, they get a lot of use and abuse.  They’re tools of our trade just like a cast iron skillet or a good knife, and it pays, over time, to use the best.

handwoven dish towle, American Artisans

I happen to love textiles, so for me, the most compelling reason to use these towels is because they are so beautiful.  They’re woven with an artist’s eye toward color and pattern and are striking enough to become part of your kitchen decor.  You can use them on the tabletop, too, as bread basket liners, for instance.  A stack of colorful, neatly folded dish towels front and center on my counter makes me feel organized and happy.  Every night before I go to bed I like to set out a fresh towel for the next morning and that little gesture helps me get closure on the day, and wake up to a fresh start.

American Artisan hand woven dish towel

Martha says “handwoven towels are perfect for those of us who aspire to pare down and simplify our lives, why buy several mass produced towels when you can buy high quality long lasting hand woven towels that will last far longer?”  I agree, and right now I’m in the process of clearing out the excess ‘stuff’ in my life.  I think it started because we’ve recently made several moves in a short period of time, and the packing and unpacking all of our possessions made me stop to re-evaluate what was important, and what was just dead weight.   I love the idea of replacing a pile of dish ‘rags’, or an endless parade of paper products, with a few of these beautiful towels.  It just makes sense.

brightly colored handwoven dish towel

Finally, it’s a rare pleasure to know the name of the person who made the things I use (or eat!) on a daily basis.  I love looking closely at the weave, and the colors, and imagining the process that went into making them.   It’s the same feeling I get when I buy produce from a farmer at the Sunday market, or eggs from a local farm.  I’m trying to incorporate those connections more into my life, and Martha’s wonderful towels are a part of that trend.

Scandinavian style handwoven tea towel - American Artisans
I asked Martha about the issue of stains, because personally, when I buy dish towels, I always look for deep colors to minimize any discoloration that happens over time.  She told me “If I do get a stain on my white towels I soak the towel in 1 cup of white vinegar in a sink full of warm water for about 20 minutes.  White vinegar is a great way to get rid of stains like ketchup, oil, and even blood.  I also use 4 heaping tablespoons of borax in every wash load – thrown in along with the Tide liquid detergent. Hot water for whites and warm for color.  For a really tough stain I have discovered Clorox gel stain remover – it’s awesome stuff.”

Thistle Rose Weaving Tea Towels
Martha says “I have heard many many times that my handwoven towels are too pretty to use and that my buyers would rather just admire them and not use them.  I can’t stress enough that the more you use my handwoven towels the softer and more absorbent they will become.  Enjoy your towels, they are meant to be used and enjoyed — I can always weave more!  ;-)”
So, I’d love to know — what are your dish towel habits?  Are yours rags to be hidden away under the sink, or do you proudly display them?  Are you a paper towel junkie or do you insist on cloth?  What do you think about the whole idea of buying quality versus quantity?

American Artisans hand woven dish towel, turquoise

Thistle Rose Weaving is generously giving away an exquisite hand woven towel of your choice to one lucky reader!

To enter, please visit Thistle Rose Weaving, HERE, and leave a comment below…

 

(Giveaway ends Friday April 3rd)

The winner of the giveaway is Catherine Cappiello Pappas from Living the Gourmet — congrats Catherine!

 

*I have not been compensated in any way by the artisans in this series.

139 Comments

  • Reply
    Meghan Girroir
    April 22, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Thank you, This was a fantastic post. Do the towels feel as wonderful as they look?

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      Sue
      April 22, 2018 at 8:38 am

      The towels are amazing, and get better with every washing!

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    CeciliaVV
    April 3, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    These towelsarebeautiful! I would enjoy using quality towels.

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    Jan R
    April 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    These are WAYYYY to pretty to use!

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    Beth M
    April 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Such wonderful comments. I’m so happy for Martha!

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      Sue
      April 3, 2015 at 6:10 am

      I’m happy for her too Beth. It’s nice to know my readers appreciate getting to know these talented folks.

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    Sybil
    April 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. It’s great to see that this kind of work is out there. Thank you for sharing.

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    Debbie
    April 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I’m so very happy when I run across handmade items such as these. It’s good to know that traditional crafts are still being carried out, and have not succumbed entirely to the modern age of mass manufacturing. Their beauty is in the details, and in the love that goes into each piece. It’s the way of an artisan.

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    Jaclyn Reynolds
    April 2, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Love the colors and patterns! One of my absolute favs are the brown and white pot holders!

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    JenniferB
    April 2, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I love all of the towels especially the kitchen towels

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    Rachel
    April 1, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

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    Karen
    April 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    What a wonderful find! I have the swedish striped one book marked. Thanks for sharing-not being much of a shopper, I would have never come across such amazing talent. And made in the USA! I loe the 50 states idea.

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    ikkinlala
    April 1, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I’m not sure if this is open outside the States (I’m in Canada), but those are gorgeous towels!

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    Sippitysup
    March 31, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I wish I had a loom. I’ve always wanted to learn to weave. These are so elegant. GREG

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    Kris H.
    March 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I love having nice dish towels in the kitchen and I am in need of some new ones. It was hard to choose a favorite but I really like the white with purple and yellow. Thanks for featuring this artist.

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    Diane
    March 31, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    These are gorgeous!! I, like you, am a textile person!!

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    Lacy
    March 31, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Beautiful weaving! I could use some new kitchen towels too…mine are pretty shabby ;)

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    Linda ach
    March 31, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Great quality and beautiful

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    Melissa
    March 30, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    What a joy to read about and then feast my eyes on such beautiful patterns, color combinations, and appreciate the talent and love behind each creation. I always use cloth napkins, and have more tea towels than the average person, but they represent all that is good in a home. Thank you for highlighting such gifted artisans and allowing us to beautify our homes with their wares!

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    Abbe+@+This+is+How+I+Cook
    March 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    You are finding the most incredible artisans. Totally love this feature. These are outstanding towels and I admire the artistry in them.

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    Alida
    March 30, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Each has its own unique personality. Wow!

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    Anita Karban-Neef
    March 30, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    These towels are beautiful!! Love the colors and the workmanship!

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    Jeri
    March 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    They are all so beautiful, it makes me want to learn to weave.

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    Martha
    March 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I am humbled and stunned by the generous and kind comments everyone has made about my handwoven towels and textiles. All your kind words make it worth every minute I spend at my looms weaving. Thank you Susan for sharing my work with your blog readers.

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      Sue
      March 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      You’re so welcome Martha!!

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    Jenny
    March 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

    These are stunning! Thank you Sue for sharing another fabulous artisan. I love the idea of keeping a couple of these on hang for lining bread baskets. The coasters are wonderful too!

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    Alison H.
    March 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

    These dish towels are absolutely gorgeous! I could never choose just one!!!

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    Helen
    March 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Using beautiful tools such as your hand woven towels when doing routine chores keeps a smile on my face and cheers up my spirit. Thank you for your work.

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    Kate
    March 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

    A beautiful complement to your site. These are just lovely. I will buy some for hostess gifts and of course, a few for myself! Thanks for sharing such beautiful talent.

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      Sue
      March 30, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Great idea to keep a few around as host/hostess gifts, I’d love to get one instead of a bottle of wine!!

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    Marilyn
    March 30, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship! Towels are lovely and I love your Sunday highlights. I would never have found some of these beautiful items! Thanks Sue!

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    Deb
    March 30, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Simply beautiful. What talent! Loved the greens – my favorite color – but they are all gorgeous.

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    TAMARA
    March 30, 2015 at 7:16 am

    SUCH BEAUTIFUL WORK I LOVED EVERYTHING. WHAT A TREASURE TROVE. YOU ALWAYS FIND SUCH WONDERFUL THINGS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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      Sue
      March 30, 2015 at 7:26 am

      A treasure trove is a good description, I hope I can keep you coming back for more, Tamara – Ive got some great things lined up!

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    Charis Kittelson
    March 30, 2015 at 6:08 am

    These are just lovely. Such a talent! These would definitely get used in our house. Love the tip on stain removal. Thanks!

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    sherry klusman
    March 30, 2015 at 5:49 am

    What a treat to see such fine workmanship. I’m not a paper napkin girl — love the touch and feel of fabric. What a fantastic giveaway. Hope to add these to my home.

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    Kim
    March 30, 2015 at 4:01 am

    I learned to weave while in college, and did have a loom for several years…until we moved and downsized and no longer had room. Never thought to make dishtowels on it! Would love to have one of these awesome dishtowels. Love the designs and colors.
    There are so many wonderful artisans…nice that you are featuring some of them and showing off their works.

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    Karen S
    March 30, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Love these towels. The patterns are beautiful and the projects are of good quality. The effort the maker put in each towel amazes me!

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    Kathy
    March 30, 2015 at 12:24 am

    The weaving is both simple and exotic. It is lovely in the purest sense of the word. Quilt like patterns and happy colors. Whoever wins them will smile whenever they use the charming pieces!

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    Patty Jones
    March 29, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    The items you have shown on your website are stunning. I can think of a dozen or more uses for such beautifully detailed pieces. Hope to be able to purchase in the near future. Thank you and congratulations on such wonderful items.

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    Kendall S Mann
    March 29, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Very nice! But shipping to Dubai was crazy expensive!

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      Martha
      March 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Kendall, have no fear I will only charge you what the post office charges and refund your card any overages.

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    Kelly M.
    March 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    The patterns are beautiful and done in such rich colors. So many different patterns on the site to choose from. Makes me want to try weaving again — enjoyed it in high school with yarn.

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      A lot of the artisans I’ve spoken to got their start in high school Kelly — maybe you should give it another shot!

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    Carol+at+Wild+Goose+Mama
    March 29, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Very generous of you to feature these fabulous artists. One of my dearest friends
    is a fabulous weaver. I am perplexed by the whole process, but deeply admire it. Lol.

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    Amy Hermann
    March 29, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    The craftsmanship is unbelievable and the colors are so rich! Something to be loved and used ;)

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    Virginia
    March 29, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the red and white one!

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    Gina Guthrie
    March 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I love the quality and beautiful prints of these handwoven towels.

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    jamie
    March 29, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    These are so beautiful! !

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    Heidi
    March 29, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Those dish towels are beautiful. I would definitely use them as they would go well with my colorful dishes. I also love the idea of using vinegar to get the stains out. I’m going to try that!

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    Nancy Lareau
    March 29, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Exquisite workmanship and quality. I love these towels and would use them daily.
    Thank you Sue for these giveaways and exposure to so many talented artisans.

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    Julie
    March 29, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Beautiful designs! I love cloth towels and definitely believe in quality over quantity.

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    Elizabeth
    March 29, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    These towels are beautiful! I would gladly use these but would probably save them for when company is coming. But you bet I’d use them! I’ve never even thought of seeking out artisan made towels like these.

  • Reply
    Kate
    March 29, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Such talent! Those are so pretty!

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    Karen Willis
    March 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Beautiful handiwork!

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    Amy Wilson
    March 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous — and I am absolutely one of those people who has not used things because they were too pretty and I didn’t want to dirty them…but I’m getting over this, and embracing the idea of having fewer, nicer things that we actually use, so our house isn’t just a storage facility for things we may use in the future…!

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    Paula Michalowski
    March 29, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I love towels such as these. I prefer to use dishtowels but my husband is a paper towel junkie. I try not to use paper as much.

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    Catherine
    March 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Dear Sue, These napkins are beautiful…the amount of detail and love in each is amazing. What a fantastic feature…I love this series you have created. Thank you for sharing…They have a beautiful store. xo, Catherine

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    Dawn
    March 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I love those towels! I’ve been looking for some green and white plaid ones to replace the ones I’ve had for years and hers fit the bill perfectly.

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    Rebecca
    March 29, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Stunning — would make any kitchen big or my tiny one a happier place to be. My husband always tells me to spend more on quality – you will have it a lot longer and these amazing woven items of beauty I would and will be welcoming into my home. Thank you for the brilliant blog.

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    Betty McPhee
    March 29, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    These towels are crafted with love. I really appreciate the creativity that has obviously gone into making each one. It would be a true gift to have one of these! Thank you.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    March 29, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Wow she is one talented lady! Self-taught is amazing. All her creations are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win – and have a wonderful trip to the Sunshine State!

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Yeah, there are a lot of arts that I think I could teach myself, but weaving isn’t one of them!

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    Charlene
    March 29, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    These are just beautiful ! The table runner are just great!

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    Melissa
    March 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful stuff! Great gift ideas!

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      I didn’t want to repeat myself from the last feature, but I do think these make great wedding shower gifts!

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    Joan Craig
    March 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Her work is beautiful! I would love one of her dish towels!

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    France
    March 29, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!! These towels make me happy, happy, happy!! :-)

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    Kristie P.
    March 29, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Wow, all of these are gorgeous! I’m particularly impressed with the rugs!

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    Robin
    March 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Beautiful! I like the traditional as well as the contemporary colors.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Carrol
    March 29, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Stunning beautiful treasured hand woven work there is so much care and love put into these wonderful weaving items congratulations you have a magical gift to share.

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    March 29, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    They are all so beautiful! Lovely and simple!

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    JoAnne
    March 29, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Lovely handwoven towels. Always a joy to use.

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    Peggy
    March 29, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Georgous. Wonder if she gives lessons?

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Wouldn’t that be fun :)

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    Pamela
    March 29, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    The items are just absolutely lovely but what I love more than anything is the quality you get with this sort of handwoven item. The problem is when I have items like pot holders, tea towels, even bath towels, now that surprised me, I’ve not seen that before in this type of item is that I enjoy it so much that I don’t want to use it to spoil it. I’m a fairly messy baker and cook and I’m especially hard on my dish towels and dish cloths as I tend not to use papertowels, instead I most often grab for a towel of some sort. It’s how I was raised and I’ve not changed much. Then these towels and clothes and potholders get put through an exceptionally hot wash (much hotter than normal to kill the dust mites which greatly affect my allergy) and are basically sanitized to be reused. I didn’t start out in life thinking of this as a “green” way to live, it just sort of ended up that way. None of my relatives, on either side, used anything but cloth. This is most likely the reason for my great appreciation of this hand woven items.

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    Leanna
    March 29, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I, too, love kitchen linens, and these are so beautiful!

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    Sevtap
    March 29, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Hi! I love kitchen towels and those are so beautiful! thanks for the opportunity :)

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    Diane F
    March 29, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful Towels, very talented weaver.

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    Dee
    March 29, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Such fine craftsmanship–as a new weaver, I can only aspire to be as good!

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    Holly
    March 29, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I love these dish towels – a beautiful piece of textile art that would be loved in any kichen! Well done Martha! Thank you for making such gorgeous hand woven products.

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    Janet Giugler
    March 29, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I am a weaver and I am pleased to say that I know Martha and she does wonderful work. She deserves all of the praise that people have given her. It is great to see this recognized for the beauty it has.

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    SusanR
    March 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    It’s so great that people still take the time to make beautiful, high-quality crafts. You can see the pride in each item. I’m in love with Fiesta plaid. Perfect for my kitchen.
    I try to spend a bit more for towels. The cheap ones are not absorbent and don’t last. I splurged at Pottery Barn years ago, and those towels still look new.
    Thank you!

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    Betty
    March 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    So beautiful! Some of her blue and white pieces remind me of the blankets woven by my great grandmother, who spun and wove out of necessity. They are truly works of art! :)

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Was your great-grandmother Scandinavian, Betty?

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    Donna Worth
    March 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    These are so beautiful! I would use these for guest towels, not my dishes! The blue ones are especially lovely.

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    Beth M
    March 29, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Martha does impeccable work. A true craftsman(woman)!

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    susan davis
    March 29, 2015 at 11:58 am

    My daughter learned to weave from a master weaver. She actually participated in the entire process, from carding, to spinning, to dyeing, and finally the loom. An art form that needs be perpetuated.

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      My daughter is into that too, it sounds like the next generation is going to carry on the tradition!

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    Kimberley
    March 29, 2015 at 11:57 am

    These are beautiful. So good to have something made by hand in the most used room in the home. Thank you for sharing her work.

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      That’s such a great point Kim, I should have mentioned that.

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    Vickie
    March 29, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Exquisite!
    So many beautiful textiles..what a gift to have.
    I would be hard pressed to pick one out if I won..but, I would.
    Beautiful table runners too.
    Thanks.

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    Lynz
    March 29, 2015 at 11:39 am

    So lovely! One of a kind design you cannot find in mass production.

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 11:45 am

      So true!

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    Darla
    March 29, 2015 at 11:38 am

    These are beautiful, and right up my alley…handmade, textiles, gorgeous colors! I would love to have these.

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    Susan
    March 29, 2015 at 11:38 am

    These are lovely and honestly MUCH more affordable than what I thought they’d be. Really pretty. I love these posts – giveaway or not. :)

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    Sarah Churchill
    March 29, 2015 at 11:35 am

    These are truly georgeous! Thank you for introducing me to her shop. My girls are starting their own homes and it’s so nice to be able to give them homemade, special products such as these.

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    Stephanie Dunphy
    March 29, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Totally amazing and gorgeous. I love her varied use of color to appeal to lovers of all styles. I so agree with her sentiment about using and not saving something. That’s was I tell the recipients of my quilts. They are meant to be used and not stored.

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    Jody Warnke
    March 29, 2015 at 11:29 am

    These towels are exquisite. What a pleasure to use! They would make a perfect housewarming gift. I like the red and white one.

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    suzy
    March 29, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Love, love, love, these towels.

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    Marsha Golem
    March 29, 2015 at 11:22 am

    towels are just lovely. They seem to get softer and more absorbent the more you use them.

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    Kathy
    March 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Thank you so much for introducing us to so many talented artists. I love all of her towels and it is so hard to choose a favorite.

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    Sharon
    March 29, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Wow. These are gorgeous! Thanks for the introduction to this shop. I love her things, especially the wool rug and these towels.

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    PurpleQueen
    March 29, 2015 at 11:15 am

    As always this post is so much fun, and needless to say, informative! My Mom would shop at Williams Sonoma for her flour sack dish towels. I am proud to say she passed the quality versus quantity habit on to me. One always gets what one pays for.

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    Susan
    March 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

    One towel is even pretty than the next! What a wonderful talent and I love her artistic designs. You are introducing us to so many great artisans, Sue!

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    Karen
    March 29, 2015 at 10:42 am

    How can I possibly chose????

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 11:08 am

      I know, I would love a stack of one of each…

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    JD Georgia
    March 29, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Absolutely love these towels. The designs are lovely and the work is so well done. Thank you for sharing them, and I’d love to win on!

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    judith
    March 29, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I look forward to this series every week, Sue. What I especially love about these towels is the variety of color and style….and the ethic that people make things to be used.
    How to choose?

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    kim
    March 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

    These are so beautiful in their simplistic way. What a treat to find them.
    I love all of them especially the ones with all the colors.

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 11:09 am

      I love the white ones, but I especially gravitate toward the colors…I think they’re more practical, too.

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    KathyH
    March 29, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Oh my, I just spent an hour looking at all the beautiful items in her Etsy shop! Gorgeous!

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    DANA GERARD
    March 29, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Sue,
    I am always looking for white towels for embellishments for food styling
    and entertaining. What beautiful table runners, kitchen and hand towels!
    Thank you! I look forward to your great posts.

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    diane hriczko
    March 29, 2015 at 10:24 am

    The towels are beautiful works of art. They remind me of the towels my grandmother had.

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    Lisa Evanoff
    March 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

    These towels remind me of my Ukrainian grandmother!

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    Katheryn
    March 29, 2015 at 10:20 am

    These woven items are exquisite. I marvel at how much texture is achieved in addition to the designs and color. As a quilter, I can appreciate how much each of these is the work of a master crafter as well as a labor of love. Thanks for sharing these various artisans with your followers. Just seeing them enriches my world.

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    Charlotte
    March 29, 2015 at 10:16 am

    these are all beautiful. I really like the yellow and blue towels. I would love to win one. Thanks for the introduction

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    Kay
    March 29, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Beautiful work! Love the color combinations. The artistry you highlight is first quality. I enjoy looking at the artists work you have located. Always amazed at what I see that I didn’t know I needed. Thank you for sharing.

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    Ori
    March 29, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Lovely, I am of baltic origin and this is a lost Art. Love Love it
    Thank you

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    Lisa
    March 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

    These towels are beautiful!!

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    wendy
    March 29, 2015 at 10:07 am

    These are also my kind of towels Thank You for bringing them back thought they were lost

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    Dana
    March 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

    These are stunning and I love them. Thanks for showing her work. Love!

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    jean miller
    March 29, 2015 at 9:50 am

    So beautiful. Thank you for highlighting these wonderful artisans on you blog. It’s a joy to know that they are still producing such gorgeous “hand did” (as my gran used to say) items.

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    Jill Jones
    March 29, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Wow! Simply gorgeous towels. I admire the talent and appreciate the time that goes into weaving just one! The red and white Scandinavian style is calling my name. Thank you Sue for introducing Martha and her beautiful works of art to me :)

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    Terry Covington
    March 29, 2015 at 9:33 am

    These are the types of towels I dream of. I so admire traditional crafts and arts, and it is wonderful that you are featuring them. I am preparing to pare down a lot of my possessions. My kids are grown and I have a lot of changes to face in my life, and I am tired of carrying around all the extra “stuff,” so I can totally identify with what you were saying about multiple moves. I also find that when I have had fewer possessions I can concentrate better; and to have a few exquisite things would be lovely. I have a limited income, but that is all the more reason, I think, to look for something beautiful and practical. I have a lot of old dishtowels, and do use some for rags later, but make it a practice to buy 4 new dishtowels about once a year because it is depressing to me to have old yucky stuff in my kitchen. Thanks for the chance to win one of these amazing pieces. Thanks also for the cleaning tips.

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    Tina
    March 29, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Absolutely stunning!

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    clare
    March 29, 2015 at 8:01 am

    These are so beautiful, and useful too! I just love this series so much!

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    Joan Hayes
    March 29, 2015 at 7:52 am

    These towels are gorgeous, original works of art. I love seeing handmade featured, you can never beat the quality. Weaving is becoming a lost art, with mass made being readily available and cheaper. I hope more people will realize the treasure of handmade.

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Joan, and I agree, what a shame to lose these skills! I am amazed at how inexpensive her towels are, considering the work that goes into them!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    March 29, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Absolutely beautiful and so true – there are so many talented artisans. It’s great to be able to share their work!

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 8:21 am

      I’ve got lots more coming, this is such a fun series to write!

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    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine
    March 29, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Love, love and love some more! Those red and white ones definitely have my name on the. I would be one of those people who saved them to look pretty on my towel rack when guests came. Thanks for the great tips about getting those, normally impossible, stains out!

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 8:22 am

      personally, I’m mad for plaid :)

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    Alberta
    March 29, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Love these towels, the workmanship and quality is amazing. Beautiful!

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    Susan
    March 29, 2015 at 6:57 am

    These towels are beautiful. I have enjoyed this series very much.

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    Heather Gorning
    March 29, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Such beautiful artistry. The handmade good is so wonderful to treasure and show off. Very talented!

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    Mary
    March 29, 2015 at 6:09 am

    I have always believed you get what you pay for. Quality always beats quantity.

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    Sami
    March 29, 2015 at 5:43 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I love all of the Sunday highlights you’ve been doing – it’s really cool to hear about different artists from around the country!

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      Sue
      March 29, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Maybe I can eventually represent all 50 states!

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