Monday, October 18, 2010

Redwork and Flour Sack Towels

I finished the redwork towels that will soon be finding a new home...they turned out very well if I do say so the pattern...its a vintage one from the Pattern Bee...
I also have listed 4 additional redwork towels in my selling blog....3 little redbird chicks

these are also from the Pattern Bee...she takes old patterns and makes new transfers from can also get them as a PDF file...
the towels themselves are very nice and of the highest took a while to find just the right many are cheaply made and thin..these towels are a nice weight, not too thin, and get softer as they are washed. They are also hemmed on all 4 sides and have a hanging loop. As most of you know, flour sack towels are the best for drying fine dishes and glassware...never any  lint...

Flour Sack.

In that long ago time when things were saved
When roads were graveled and barrels were staved
When worn out clothing was used as rags
And there were no plastic wrap or bags.
The well and the pump were way out back,
A versatile item was the Flour sack.
Pillsbury- Mother's Best and Gold Medal too
Stamped their names proudly in purple and blue.
The string sewn on top was pulled and kept
The flour sack emptied and spills were swept
The bags were folded, and stored in a rack
That durable practical, Flour sack.
The sack could be filled with feathers and down,
For a pillow or it would make a sleeping gown.
It could carry a book and be a school bag
Or become a sack slung over a nag.
It made a very convenient pack.
That adaptable cotton, Flour sack.
Bleached and sew it was dutifully worn
As bibs, diapers or kerchief unadorned.
It was made into skirts, blouses and slips.
And mom braided rugs from 100's of strips
She made ruffled curtains for house or shack
From that humble but treasured, Flour sack.
As a strainer for milk and apple juice,
To wave men in, was a very good use.
As a sling for a sprained wrist or break,
To help mother roll up a jelly cake.
As a window shade or to stuff a crack
We used a sturdy common Flour Sack.
As a dish towel embroidered or not
They covered up hot dough, helped pass pans so hot.
Tied up dishes for neighbors in need,
And for men out in the field to seed.
They dried dishes from a pan or rack,
That absorbent hardy Flour Sack.

from Mable Loch