10 of the best tea towels made in Britain

September 3, 2014

10 of the best tea towels made in Britain

It’s hard to beat a crisp, beautifully designed new tea towel when it comes to finding easy ways to add interest to your kitchen. We thought we’d share our favourites with you.  Here are our pick of 10 of the best tea towels made in Britain and available from makers listed in our directory

10 of the best tea towels made in Britain

1 Embroidered linen tea towel by Charlotte Macey

embroidered linen tea towel charlotte macey

I love the beautiful simplicity of this linen tea towel embroidered with sprigs of leaves by Charlotte Macey.

If the thought of pristine white linen in your kitchen makes you slightly nervous (like it does me), this printed cow parsley number might be more forgiving. It’s also by Charlotte, the print taken from her original embroideries, and is available in two colours.

Cow Parsley Printed tea towel by Charlotte Macey

charlotte macey cow parsley printed tea towel made in britain

Buy Cow Parsley printed tea towel here

2 Allotment Vegetable Tea Towel gift box by Lottie Day

allotment vegetable tea towel gift box made in britain by Lottie Day

I love this set of three printed tea towels featuring original illustrations by Lottie Day and handmade in Norfolk. The three designs are Turnip (below), Swede and Parsnip and are screen printed by hand and machine washable.

turnip veg allotment hand screen printed tea towel made in britain by norfolk based Lottie Day and available to buy on not on the high street. Just one of my 10 favourite tea towels made in britain

Buy vegetable allotment tea towel gift box

Before I move on from Lottie Day tea towels, I couldn’t resist sharing this Feather and Egg design too. It’s available to buy here

feather and egg tea towel made in britain by lottie day available to buy on NOTHS

We love the way Oscar Francis takes ordinary ‘pattern architecture’ and makes it into something beautiful. The pretty colours of this Church Street design and all the slightly different shop fronts makes this a winning design for us. Just lovely.

Great British Biscuits tea towel by Death by Tea

great british biscuits tea towel made in britain

I love the quirky design of this tea towel and it’s the perfect gift for anyone who is partial to a cuppa and traditional biscuit to dunk… Designed by Holly Betton who works from her home studio in Sheffield, there’s also a matching mug that you can buy here

Buy Biscuits Tea Towel here

3 Hame Sweet Hame tea towel by Eat Haggis

hame sweet hame tea towel made in scotland by eat haggis

I love this tea towel – the design is lovely in itself with the twinkling stars above snow-capped mountains and cosy cabin, but I also love the Scottish humour  behind the wording. Printed in small runs from an original design by Allistair Burt, Eat Haggis designs are created from his Glasgow studio. By day Allistair is an architect, and he is committed to getting his products made in Scotland from s local and ethical a source as possible. 

Buy Hame Sweet Hame tea towel here

Beautiful Birds tea Towel by Alex Clark

british birds tea towel by alex clark

I had to include this beautiful design taken from Alex Clark’s original watercolour artwork. Since lockdown, I’ve had a real thing for noticing the birds around me and I love how Alex has really captured the personalities of the feathered friends featured here.

Made from 100% cotton and available to buy here

whilst we’re on the subject of birds, how about this beauty by Becca Thorne?

4 Garden Birds of the British Isles tea towel made in Britain by Becca Thorne

love this british garden birds tea towel by becca thorne

Beautifully printed on 100% unbleached cotton and reproduced from Becca’s original linocut chine-colle illustration. This very lovely tea towel features 9 species of bird commonly found in UK gardens, along with their common and latin names. Another great tea towel made in Britain don’t you think?

Buy Garden Birds of the British Isles tea towel here

5 Forager tea towels by Georgia Camden

seasonal forager tea towels made in britain

How gorgeous are these seasonal Forager tea towels by Georgia Camden? There’s one for each season – my favourite is probably Spring.

spring forager tea towel

6 Peacock flower screen-printed tea towel by Luca & Luca

luca and luca screen printed peacock midcentury design tea towel #teatowel #madeinbritain #peacock #screenprinted #handmade

Love the Art Deco inspiration for this floral print design by Luca & Luca. It’s inspired by Charles Voysey’s wall coverings and is hand printed on to 100% cotton and beautifully wrapped up before being sent out.

Buy Peacock flower tea towel 

7 Liberty print and organic cotton tea towel by Laura & Co

liberty print organic cotton tea towel made in britain

If, like me, you love a Liberty of London floral, this tea towel is a great find. It’s hand made by Laura Van Boven at her Grantham studio and you can choose from 9 beautiful Liberty prints.

Buy Liberty print tea towel here

7 Coastal Houses illustration tea towel by Jessica Hogarth

coastal houses tea towel jessica hogarth illustration cornwall seaside

Taken from Jessica Hogarth’s original illustration, this charming coastal houses tea towel is designed in Yorkshire and printed in the North of England.

Buy coastal houses tea towel here

8 Oxford Apples tea towel by Tracy Howell Botanical 

oxford apples tea towel made in britain by Tracy Howell Botanical

How pretty is this 100% linen tea towel printed with Tracy Howell’s botanical drawings of her local apple trees?

Buy apples tea towel here

9 Garden Flowers & Birds tea towel by Particle Press

garden flowers and birds tea towel made in britain by particle press from an original botanical drawing design #teatowel #madeinbritain #flowers #garden #birds

I really struggled to pick just one design from Particle Press to share with you. In the end, it was the bright and sunshiny colours of this Garden Birds & Flowers design that I went for. But how exquisite is this Long Tail Tit and Foxglove design?. Browse all the Particle Press tea towel designs here.

10 Classic linen union tea towels from Mitre Linen

linen union tea towel blue and white made in britain

I was very, very excited to discover this tea towel. It’s the timeless and classic Glass Cloth design made in high quality linen and cotton union fabric and available to buy at an amazingly low price of just £2.59 each. Also available in green and red.

Buy linen union tea towels here.

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hand printed vegetable allotment tea towel made in britain by lottie day

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