I can't claim this as my own. It's a vintage item that The Much Belovéd's mother sent from the US. I think it is such fun I wanted to share it with you all. I think it is the cutest tea towel I have ever seen and in some ways it's too good to use. I guess this dates from the late 1950s or early 60s.
A closer look reveals how deceptively simple this appliqué is. Each bird is made up of two contrasting strips of bias with the twig made of brown bias. the eyes, beaks and legs are back stitched with embroidery thread. Anyone feeling inspired to make a copy?
Also from the 1950s I leave you with some other singing birds - British ones this time though.