I'm participating in the tea towel and pot holder swap from Down To Earth. My swap partner lives in Colorado in the US. I thought I would make something with an Australian theme so a quick hunt through some pattern books and I came up with the idea of gum blossom and wattle. So far I've just started the tea/dish towels. The pot holders with have a cut down version of the same pattern - I think!
I've stitched the design on a calico panel and this will be stitched to the bottom of the tea/dish towel as a bottom border. I still need to finish the gum blossom and the wattle in the bottom panel in the photo above and the top panel needs quite a bit more work.
I quite like the design but I'm concerned about how durable it will be - tea/dish towels do a lot of work and get washed often. I've cut out the shapes and used visofix to fuse them to the calico then blanket stitched around the shapes. The stems are backstitched and the gum blossom is made from colonial/french knots.
What do you think - will it be hard wearing enough or should I come up with an alternative idea?