Tea Towel Display

I have always loved pretty tea towels .
I have a small collection and I have been trying
to come up with a way to display them.
When I saw this wire wall organizer at Home Goods,
I said to myself, "Hey, that might work!"
That's what I said alrighty.

So I brought it home and played
 around with it and guess what?
It worked!

I had also been looking for something for this wall
by the refrigerator so it seemed like the perfect
place for my new tea towel display.

I changed out the labels to coordinate with my towels.

~ love this towel with the little ruffle at the bottom ~

I found the star at Joann's a while back ~ 
isn't the floral pattern just so pretty?

I'm very happy with my little display.
This is the first thing I see when I walk in the house from the
garage so I love having something there that I really like.
I can change out the towels for different seasons too!

Here's a little tidbit for you:

I've always wondered if there is a difference between tea towels and dish towels ~
because, you know, I have lots of time to think about things like that!

A tea towel is about the size of a hand towel and its intended use is for drying dishes.
 Tea towels are different today from when they were first named, as some are
decorative wall hangings while others are just mundane utility cloths with a new name.

The name "tea towel," originating in mid-19th century England, referred to the linen towel
 used by the lady of the house to clean her china teapot and serving ware.
 She trusted only herself with the task of cleaning and taking care of these delicate and important pieces.

While sometimes still called a tea towel, they're more commonly known as dish towels
 and do not see a teapot as often as they used to.

So now we know ~ thrilling, right?

Do you love pretty tea/dish towels as much as I do?

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  1. Lovely display and the star is also very pretty :) Did you know there are many different teatowels for different material?? There is a dishtowel for dishes etc, a cotton or linen glassware towel for.....glassware and even a soft one for cutlery?? We in the Netherlands had a displayrack on which was written waht towel was for what material (in the olden days before the towels were made of linen or cotton as they are now :) ) Just a little extra titbit :)

    1. Wow ~ I didn't know that. Thanks so much for the extra tidbit!

  2. Very cute. Loving that star. Thanks for the explanation......

  3. I love your little tea towel hanging shelf and your beautiful tea towels. I'm especially glad to know about the tea vs. dish towels, it's been a question for me too, for way too long. Thanks for looking it up :) Love that star, I have a red one and I'm getting ideas from yours ... Hugs ~ Mary

  4. Beautiful and I love the star above. Did you make that?

    1. I can't take credit for the star. It came like that from Joann Fabrics. Thanks so much for visiting.

  5. Hi JoAnne, this is an awesome idea! You are so clever. I love seeing items used in different ways . . . the uniqueness of it is just so charming.

    Great Job!
    Have a marvelous day, Connie :)

  6. you know, I never asked myself that question...but that's good to know.Lovely display!

  7. I love your tea towels and how you have displayed them!

  8. Just lovely, I love tea towels too...I just filled a basket with Autumn tea towels ... your shelve looks so nice...Happy Fall with love Janice

  9. I love it, I love the star

  10. Hi joanne you have a little surprise in my blog

  11. I love your display and i too have always wondered about the difference in a Tea towel and dish towel.

  12. Such a great idea! I love the star!! What a nice view when you come home and walk in the door.

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  13. Thank you so much, this has got to be the most information, with help and tips through the whole of the internet. Its been truly appreciated.!!


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