Tea or Dish towel

The people of Britain call it a tea towel, we in the States call it a dish towel. It is a very absorbent cloth that dries dishes, utensils, glasses…that have been washed.

The tea towel got its name during the 18th century in England. It was used by the Lady of the house for her expensive Tea set. She did this job herself as the feeling was servants couldn’t handle such a delicate job.
(How many pieces did the Lady herself break?)

Starting in the late part of the 18th century the Industrial Revolution started to take hold and manufacturing took the forefront. This is when tea towels started to become mass produced.

The dish towels above are not mass produced. I wove them in my weaving class, each one of them is more like a table runner then a towel, due to the length. I still have enough warp to make another three towels, maybe four since I plan to shorten them up to 1 1/2 times the width, rather than two+ times the width. The weave is the same on all of them and only the color and color placement  changes. The color changes really shake it up. I do have some ideas for the next few. We will see what happens. They are all 100% cotton.

Knitting examiner

Tea or Dish Towel part II