This is the embroidery homework I was talking about after Christmas. My pattern distributor, Brewer Sewing Supply asked me to come up with an embroidery design that they could offer as patterns and kits. They suggested dish towels and I thought that'd be a fun challenge, that is until I drew a complete blank. I couldn't decide if it needed to be something kitchen themed or if it could be just anything. And the size and detail were tough to nail down. After much emailing with my friend Jennifer, who has impeccable taste in needlework, I decided I would stick with a kitchen theme for them. After sketching some fun dishes (seemed kinda dry) and some anthropomorphized spices (too kooky. although might have to come back to that…) I landed on the helpful kitchen gnomes. Just like their outdoor cousins, the garden gnomes, these three are there for you when you need a little assistance or encouragement in the kitchen.
I used lovely flour sack towels from Dunroven House, DMC floss and some woven ribbon I had on hand. The PDF of the pattern is available in the shop.