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Old 09-28-2004, 11:52 AM   #11
 
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Mudbug. It would probably be cotton huck. I go by the feel, of the fabric since I know what it is. Yes. I would ask for cotton huck.
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Old 09-28-2004, 01:14 PM   #12
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Wow! Cotton huck!!! I never thought of that, Choclatechef!! I just saw a 54" roll of this stuff at Joanne's and was admiring the even weave and heavy weight as a perfect embroidery/cross-stitch cloth. They had three different weights of this stuff, by the way...at the price of $1.49 a yard!!! I NEVER THOUGHT TO USE IT FOR TOWELS!!!!!!!!! Man! That's CHEAP!

Many, many thanks there, choclatechef! What a great Christmas Gift: Personalized Cotton Huck Kitchen Towels!!!!!

(Of course I'll never get 'em made if I can't stay away from here.....)
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Old 09-28-2004, 01:24 PM   #13
 
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Thank you. I was glad to help! Wow, I helped somebody!
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Old 09-28-2004, 02:26 PM   #14
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Believe it or not, a few years ago you could buy 'rags' at Walmart or Target that were perfect, lint-free towels at a fraction of the cost of kitchen towels. They were hemmed, with a herringbone weave and a blue stripe at the end. I bought up tons of them when I could. In the automotive department, they were for buffing cars!!! I agree that terry just doesn't cut it in the kitchen. I like to have stacks of towels. About half are flour sack, half these 'car rags'. When I'm cooking for a crowd, it isn't unusual for me to go through a dozen. Once a week I soak them in either bleach or oxi (prefer the latter, it doesn't wear things out as much). I don't think twice about grabbing a clean towel.
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Old 10-05-2004, 07:58 PM   #15
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Recently, a week or 2 ago I got some dish towels and some dish cloths from big lots. The dish cloths are as thick as wash cloths and I haven't noticed any problems with them, the dish towels are as thick as good hand towels and I havent noticed them leaving lint on my glass ware.
The dish cloths were 6 for 3
and the towels were 2 for 3 or $4.

So if I go to the Fabric store they will know what I am talking about?
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Old 10-05-2004, 08:14 PM   #16
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Never seen a flour sack towel. I used cloth diapers for a long time. Wore them right out and now can't find any to replace them. So...I cut up an old flannel sheet. Works great for me.

Toys r' us or Babies r' us carries cloth diapers used to be on the bottom shelf in with the "binkies n' stuff.
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Old 10-05-2004, 11:30 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info on cotton huck, choclatechef. Now that I know what to ask for ... I always feel a little self conscience going into a fabric store and being the only guy there that isn't a "tag a long" holding his wife's purse.

Audeo - my grandma used to embroidery/cross-stitch on flour and feed sacks all the time. She made kitchen towels, and covers for the sofa and chair arms, doillies, etc.
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Old 10-06-2004, 10:49 AM   #18
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A big MEGA DITTO on thanks for steering us to Cotton Huck, choclatechef! I went to the fabric store and bought 25 yards of the stuff for right at $40, then proceeded to cut 40 towels with a finished measurement of 24x36 inches, and 36 12-inch-square dishcloths. Nice rolled hems on all. The stuff even sews like a dream! I'm going over this afternoon to fetch my sister's fancy-schmancy embroidery machine and will have three lovely Christmas gift sets of 10 towels and 6 cloths wrapped by the weekend! (The rest is mine, mine, MINE!!!)

Michael, gather thy courage, pal, and get thee to Hancock's or Joanne's! By my calculations, making towels out of this stuff cost me about 80 cents per towel and 25 cents per cloth!!!

Michael, I also echo your memories of grandmothers and needlework. I have the same addiction, I'm afraid. But their craftsmanship was off the charts! Mine worked two solid years daily to create a magnificent crocheted tablecloth! And she did many others, along with cut-work and embroidery, and made tons of lace. I could never do that. Hmmm...I did spend two years making a quilt, though...never, ever again!
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Aw shucks! :D I am glowing with pride and happiness!

Glad you like the towels!
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I found the best for me from Walmart, long white with red stripes, soft, absorbant, CHEAP so I can use one everyday.
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