Twelve Days of Christmas organic cotton tea towel, lino cut print by Kate Guy
Christmas gift set The twelve days of christmas lino printed textiles by Kate Guy Prints
Twelve Days of Christmas organic cotton tea towel, lino cut print by Kate Guy
Twelve Days of Christmas organic cotton tea towel, lino cut print by Kate Guy
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The Twelve days of Christmas Tea Towel

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You could not help but feel Christmassy drying up with this tea towel decorated with my 12 days of Christmas lino cut prints. Even the drying up could be filled with festive fun as you can remind yourself whether its eight maids a milking or nine ladies dancing as you sing-a-long at the sink

The print depicts my humorous take on the traditional Christmas song where I challenged myself to fit each of the twelve presents given by ‘my true love’ into a square lino cut print. This became increasingly difficult as the presents mounted up. One partridge was simple sitting in its pear tree, two turtle doves as well, in fact until I reached eight maids a milking it was going swimmingly…

How to fit all eight maids and their cows in? - They must have their cows or they would not be milking - as you can see I came up with a genius solution!

After finishing all 12 prints I made this Christmas tea towel which has been consistently popular for the last few years. Along with the set of greetings cards this year I have added an aprona double oven glove and wrapping paper to the collection. 

76 x 48 cm - absorbent, hard-wearing and fully machine washable at 40 degrees

100% unbleached organic cotton, protecting your dishes and the planet

A fabulous gift for lovers of a traditional Christmas and a bit of a festive singsong, the perfect stocking filler!

All my textiles are printed in the UK on 100% organic cotton and finished by hand

High quality products that are beautiful yet practical (William Morris would approve),  hard wearing and machine washable at 40 degrees

The Origins of the Design; 
'The Twelve Days of Christmas' is a traditional Christmas song first published in England in 1780 but thought to be of French origin. It is a cumulative song where each verse builds on top of the previous. As the verses accumulate, so do the gifts; by the end of the twelve days the true love would have received 12 partridges, 12 pear trees, 22 doves, 30 French hens, 36 colly birds, 40 gold rings, 42 geese, 42 swans, 40 maids, 40 cows, 36 ladies, 30 lords, 22 pipers and 12 drummers! I have used the original ‘colly’ birds which is a traditional name for black birds rather than the often-sung modern version of ‘calling’ birds.

This tea towel is also available as part of a gift set