Monday, October 17, 2011

Tea Towel Review

I have two beautiful linen tea towels I received from  for review.   The first thing I noticed is how pretty the towels are.  They each have a striking design printed on one side.   

The two towels I picked out were 100% linen.  The fabric really was fantastic.  I washed the towels, at first by hand, to remove the natural starches as instructed by the care instructions.
I then washed them two more times and air dried them.  I also ironed them as per instructed in the care instructions and they ironed up really nice too.

I did a little research on the internet as to exactly what a tea towel is used for.  It is a dish towel.  It is used to dry your best dishes or any dishes.  So, I tried them out on some of my nicest things to see how they did.   I dried this plate and teacup with this tea towel and it did a wonderful job.  The fibers in this linen is extremely absorbent.  I have worked in a fabric store in the past and had some experience with linen and linen blends and this linen is of a very high quality.  The fibers of this linen even had a sheen after washing.  The towels also worked very well on Tupperware as well as stainless steel pots and pans.

So, how did they do on the finest of crystal and silver?  They did a great job with that too.  I dried my Waterford crystal goblet with this towel and not a bit of lint is left behind.   

I also dried my sterling silver.  The towel took all of the moisture away, left the silver dry, and no lint or water spots.  

So, in conclusion I would highly recommend these tea towels.  They were a joy to use and a great asset to equip your kitchen with. 

A big thank you to  for the opportunity to review these tea towels.  
Based in Northern Ireland, All Tea Towels has many fun and lovely designs of tea towels and will ship world wide.  Go and check them out.
I will link to these blogs:
Table Top Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life
Tea Time Tuesday at Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday at Breath of Fresh Air
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tea Party Tuesday  at Sweetology


Denise said...

Hi Sherry,

I really love Irish linens. They really are a superior quality, in my opinion. My MIL brought me a table runner from Ireland that I really treasure. My husband is there right now, in fact. I'm tempted to tell him about this place, but I doubt he'll have time to do much shopping :) I'm glad to know what tea towels are really used for; I've always thought they were just to put out for decoration.

Thanks for sharing.

Denise at Forest Manor

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Sherry,
The towels are pretty as well as useful. Pretty cup and teapot too. I spied the birdie teapot in your header. It really is adorable! I'm so happy I found mine! Thanks for linking up with me and have a delightful week.


Lavender Cottage said...

I haven't used linen tea towels for ages but remember how well they dried the dishes. Today in the stores are poor substitutes that don't absorb the water very well.
Great product review.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

They are so lovely and there truly is nothing like linen.

Carrie said...

Over the years I've pretty well stuck with using linen or cotton dish towels. The English linen tea towels seem to be a great product. Thanks for doing such a thorough job to testing them!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous tea towels and your table setting is beautiful too. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Terri said...

What a lovely white embossed tea cup! I love that kind!
The tea towels are really pretty. Back home in northern Ontario, we always used linen tea towels. They even get better with age. The ones you have sound like very high quality.

Zuni said...

Is there something not good about linen? :) I love linen, so I really enjoyed this post.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I love your post today. Great information on the linen tea towels. I will have to try them. I used them for decoration, because I hate to iron them all the time. Might be worth it. Blessings, Martha

Johanna said...

Hi Sherry,
those tea towels are supercute. And I fall in love with your white tea pot. So beautiful.
Best greetings, Johanna

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sherry...

Oooh...both tea towels are really beautiful! I love the texture of linen...the weave of the fabric. Well my friend, you certainly took some fabulous photos! I really do enjoy your beautiful vignettes and awesome photography! Thank you for sharing with us!

Warmest autumn wishes,

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The tea towels are very pretty Sherry, glad they're working out well for you-enjoy:@)

rosarod said...

Hi Sherry, which details! They look so pretty and delicate to accompany your drinks, porcelain and silverware! What you have today interesting addition is very true. I bought cloth napkins, which only serve as an ornament on the table, this looks like a delicate fabric, it seems linen? thanks for sharing. Rose M.

Queenie said...

Those are beautiful Sherry, and thanks for the extra info about tea towels too :)
Big hugs,

Shirley said...

I love these towels. The design is perfect for having to do a household task..but I never think of it as a task as cleaning the things we love is a pleasure..nice dishtowels..

Tracy F. said...

Sherry- Thanks for the link. Not only am I going to order some tea towels, but I'm having a wonderful time looking at all the different designs on their website. I've always liked drying my crystal with linen towels, because of the lack of lint.

bj said...

They sure are pretty...:)
xo bj

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Those are so lovely! I can see why you're crazy about them. My mother always used tea towels, and she liked to find pretty ones on her travels. I adore these. Thanks for sharing.



Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

Tea towels have been a staple of UK homes for decades...and Irish linen ones are the best. They are increasingly hard to find, as most makers are going to 100% cotton, which does not have the neatness, crispness or absorbency of linen. Those are lovely!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Such a beautiful all your gorgeous table linens and china...excellent. I am following you on your followers list, e-mail and Pinterest and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

Sarah said...

Sherry, these are lovely! I like to use linen towels and have acquired some over the years. I'll check out this site. Thanks!

Chubby N Chieque said...

OMG! Your teapot with your English tea towel? 120% perfectly fits in your tablesetting.

Absolutely romantic.

Love the ambiance of your home, warm and so welcoming. TY for letting me come in.

Thanks for sharing.

Greetings from a chilly Stockholm,

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

these are amazing towels. I love the colors for each and they look so crisp. Definitely something I want to add to my "tea time" collection.

CIELO said...

So happy to have found your blog! So pretty! I will add you to my blog list.

Nice meeting you


Micupoftea~ said...

What a nice review! Love your cup, and the table setting and scone look wonderful!