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Date: 7/7/14 5:56 PM

I am looking for tea towels for my first embroidery project. So far, all I find is ones with nap or designs. Where do I look for a few towels so I can practice on something to learn my new module? I was hoping to find some plain ones.

If not tea towels, what should I try for a beginning project?

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Date: 7/7/14 6:41 PM

Check amazon. I bought some tea towels from there recently to do the same thing. Haven't actually embroidered them up though.

Search for "flour sack" towels and you will be on the right track. I think I got a dozen for something close to $20.

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Date: 7/7/14 6:41 PM

How about making an apron? You can embroider just about anything on an apron. Even if it doesn't come out exactly as planned, it's still nice to wear something pretty around the kitchen to protect your clothing. And if you don't cook much, I have friends who make aprons to wear when sewing, so all the little thread snips don't run out the door with them on the way to quilt guild!

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Date: 7/7/14 9:27 PM

If there is a walMart near you they have the flour sack towels there.

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Date: 7/7/14 9:40 PM

Our KMart used to have them, too, as well as Meijer here in Michigan.

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Date: 7/7/14 9:49 PM

Here is an example. They have some that come in multi color, and some that are blank, like these which look nice. Blank towels I find some of the flour sack towels too large or too thin, but there are good hefty ones out there. Make sure to wash and dry them before embroidering.
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Date: 7/7/14 10:33 PM

I'll check Walmart next time I go over there. I did not think to check there today.

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Date: 7/7/14 10:38 PM

Watch those flour sack towels from Walmart. I love them for general cleaning, but not to embroider on. They are thin, and huge. But, it's very possible you can find a good towel to embroider there. Just make sure it's not overly thin.

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Date: 7/7/14 10:40 PM

Joann's has great ones too.

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Date: 7/8/14 0:14 AM

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If there is a walMart near you they have the flour sack towels there.

That's where I buy mine. Don't use a design that's too dense....Redwork style ones are nice to use on flour sack
There's a tutorial on EM library
If you think the towels are too large, fold them in half and sew together.
I buy alot of terry dishtowels to embroidery at places like Ross.
To practice use your old car wash/dog towels.
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