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in-the-hoop towel toppers….2 more gift

Crazy K | Posted in Photo Gallery on

Hi all,  I have two more gifts nearly done.  I have to wash my towels, add velcro and they’re done.  The slow part is finished…..the embroidery.  The green towel is just laying there, the red one is ‘borrowed’ from a Santa topper from previous years.  The designs are from Emb. Library and stitched out beautifully.  The shading on the flowers is sooooo pretty.  I like to attach the towels with velcro instead of sewing them on.  That way the towels can be washed and the topper not.

Thanks for looking!



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    rodezzy2 | | #1

    Very nice.  Different.

  2. Josefly | | #2

    Yeeks, you're making me panic, with all you've accomplished! The towels are so nicely done, and will make terrific gifts. Everyone can use a new kitchen towel, especially one so pretty.

    Just curious - how long does the embroidery take on those designs?

    1. Crazy K | | #3

      The poinsettia one took about 2 hours, the b/fly one probably an hour or a little more.  I did ones before on felt but they didn't have much body.  I used cotton duck for these.  It's a bit harder to cut and get all the loose threads but I think it will hold up better.  I also used a heavy cut-away stabilizer on the back.

      I also made a pair of pillowcases today.  These are for us but I am going to get some nice broadcloth and make a set for my aunt and uncle, too.  I wanted to make one pair just to make sure I knew what I was doing!!  Put a nice little design on them.......from EL of course.  No pix of those yet.

      Now I have to get my towels washed and then I cut them in half and pleat or gather them to fit the topper, sew on velcro and we're good to go........... gee........I also want to make that FSL angel tree topper that EL had new last week.......got her for $1 and she's beautiful.........5 pieces and oodles of stitches..........better start that one early in the day!! ha

      Thanks for looking and the nice comments.


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    ThreadKoe | | #4

    Kay, those are pretty and practical!  I think I would be a very happy gift recipient if I got one of those.  You one smart lady.  Cathy

  4. scrubble4 | | #5

    Crazy K  These are absolutely lovely and so useful.  The quality of the towel material looks like it will last as long as the lovely embroidery tops.  I would love to see pics of your pillowcases once they are finished as well.  Thanks for showing these towels.  Scrubble4

    1. Crazy K | | #6

      Thanks for the kind words.  I have already sent out one set of pillowcases, minus a photo......oops!  I have one set that I made for us.......I used kona cotton for ours and they aren't as silky but the embroidery is pretty and they are very nice.  We've used them and they're waiting to be ironed.......I will take a pix and post that.  I find that making pillowcases is quick and easy........even with a light embroidery design.  No sense even considering buying them......unless they're in with a set of sheets!

      Back to the candy kitchen...........busy busy.........making those last batches of candy for 'goodie' plates for friends and neighbors.


      1. fabricholic | | #7

        Way to go, Kay. Those are very pretty. I like Emb. Library also. I want the design with the bears singing Kum Ba Ya. I always start singing that around the camp fire when we go camping and it drives everyone crazy, so I thought I would buy that design and put it on a pillow for the camper. How many batches of goodies do you make?

        1. Crazy K | | #8

          Thanks!  As for the goodies.....let's see, 2 batches of Lefse; a double of Choc. Covered Cherries, 3 batches of Butter Toffee (no calories in that!! ha ha), 4 batches of peanut brittle and 3 batches of caramels.  DD makes truffles of several different kinds and we share and then give plates/platters to friends and neighbors.  I usually make some cookies and quick breads but so far that hasn't happened this year.

          I've seen the camper bears.........it's very cute.  It was be darling in a camper!!  I love Emb. Library designs also........and I have waaaaaaay too many of them.  I'll have to sew and embroider for many years to use them all.  I have decided that my additional hobby is 'collecting' embroidery designs! ha ha


          1. fabricholic | | #9

            What is Lefse? Do you put the creamy stuff in the chocolate covered cherries or is it the clear stuff or what? This is interesting. I'll bet they are wonderful. Caramels - do you melt the sugar and butter or do you start off with caramels? Quick breads are interesting, also. What kinds? I can satisfy my sweet cravings through you, since I can't have them for real. lol

          2. Crazy K | | #10

            Lefse is an old traditional Norwegian thing........funny thing is I am German!! My former MIL who was norwegian taught me to make the stuff in the early years of my marriage.  Now my children all love the stuff as does present hubby (he's Swedish!) and I have the griddle, etc. so I make it.  You start with mashed potatoes, add flour and roll into thin 'pancakes' and cook/fry on a griddle made especially for that.  To eat, you butter and sprinkle with sugar and roll it up.  It's bland but it's a treat since it only is made at Christmas time.  At the Lutheran lutefisk dinners here in the midwest, Lefse is usually served. 

            The Choc. covered cherries are made with a fondant of pwd. sugar, cream, butter and almond flavoring.  Take small pieces and wrap around maraschino cherries.  Chill.  Then I dip in dipping chocolate.  It takes a couple of weeks for the fondant to liquify but somehow they never last that long!

            The caramels are made with sweetened condensed milk, butter and sugar and cooked to a certain temp. and then poured into a pan.  After they cool, I take the block out of the pan and cut into bite sized pieces and wrap in candy wrappers.  They are time-consuming but they are soooooo good.

            Quick bread favorite is a Cherry nut bread.......but I haven't made that one this year....Russian tea cake cookies are good but they are waiting as well.......not sure if they're get done or not.  We're  not having a big gathering here this year so I have to give away most of what I've made.  We would 'do ourselves in' to eat it all!!

            Hope this answers your questions......


          3. fabricholic | | #11

            Thanks, Kay. That is so interesting. I am German and Lutheran, also. The Lefse sounds good. Sweetened condensed milk, I should have guessed and the chocolate covered cherries, I would have never figured out that one. I know your family appreciated all you do.

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