Then a few weeks ago I saw the beautiful work of Kathleen, http://yesteryearembroideries.blogspot.com/2017/05/i-call-themembroidered-appliqued.html and just knew I wanted to do work like this.
That's when I remembered a pattern I had that would be suitable for applique and embroidery on the same designs.
The towels were purchased at Wal Mart (Amazon has them also, but the price is a bit more.) They're made from cotton and I think they will be very durable. These are my finished towels:
I used gingham checks for the dresses and bonnets; gingham checks say "country" to me and they were used for little girls' dresses in days gone by. I haven't seen checks in stores in years; do they not make them anymore? If not, what a shame!
This was a fun, but time-consuming project.