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Tea Towels & Napkins
Here at Countryside Art we do not consider the tea towel to be a humble product in any way at all and we pour our heart and soul into making each tea towel we produce a beautiful item to cherish.
We cannot believe how many tea towels we sell every year. Even in the age of the dishwasher, and the fact we spend less time than ever in the kitchen preparing food, the tea towel continues to be an incredibly popular item.
In our opinion the tea towel’s enduring appeal is down to the fact it is so much more than just a piece of fabric used for drying dishes. A printed tea towel can be a work of art, advertise a message, or remind us of a lovely holiday or event. By our choice of design we also say something about ourselves in what we want to display in our home or sometimes an eye-catching tea towel is purely offering a delightfully colourful distraction from a mundane household chore.
William Morris, leader of the 19th Century Arts & Crafts Movement said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” We know our customers share this belief and it is the foundation on which we base the ethos of our company.
So as well as producing superb prints on top quality fabrics, we can add lots of lovely bespoke touches when we sew your tea towels, making them special not only for you but also your customers.
To also increase perceived value, and make your tea towels even more of a lovely gift, we have lots of imaginative packaging options too.
Printed Tea Towels – perfect for the designer market where the our superb printing and production skills will match your creativity hand-in-hand to produce a stunning result standing head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd
Minimum Order Quantities:-
Our minimum order quantity starts at just 25 tea towels for a digital print and 100 tea towels for a screen print up to orders of many thousands for volume runs
We are expert at mixing to any pantone colour required plus matching by eye to supplied swatches or existing products such as mugs etc. We always keep a sample from your first order. So when you place a repeat order we benchmark the colours back to the sample, ensuring excellent repeatability time after time.
Our standard tea towel size is 48cm by 76cm approx.
However, because we are unique in having all our cutting and sewing facitilies on site, we can also make bespoke sized tea towels at a competitive price (for larger orders only).
All our tea towels are heat-cured through huge gas dryers ensuring excellent colour-fastness.
Tea Towels For The Retail & Visitor Attraction Market – we produce beautiful, quality, eye-catching tea towels that your customers will not be able to resist – a great impulse buy at a great price
It is hard to depict how good our print quality is on a website so we always like to send out actual samples with our brochures so you can compare our products directly with our competitors and judge for yourself.
We are expert at producing the same superb quality using screen print as can normally only be achieved digitally. The benefit of this is, for many multi-colour tea towel designs, screen print is a far more cost-effective way of printing.
However digital printing is great for smaller runs and for designs with more than 10 spot colours.
As we are expert at matching digital to screen print, customers can start off with smaller digitally printed orders then, as sales increase, we can change to screen print allowing for greater cost savings.
Our very experienced Sales team will initially assess your design and produce a quote which not only guarantees the best results and the most efficient way to print your design, but is also the most cost effective way too.
We will also often quote for both screen and digital print, allowing you to chose the best option from a financial point of view.
Tea Towels For The Commemorative & Charity Market – whether our designers produce an attractive line drawing for your church, or we assist in developing a complete giftware range for your charity, our experience shines through every time
And because we find tea towels endlessly facinating, here are some facts about our tea towels you may find very interesting too:-
Every year the distance our sewing machinists stitch around the seams of our tea towels is equivalent to driving from Lands End to John O’Groats and back again (this doesn’t include all the other items they sew too)
One of tea towels we produced back in the Seventies for the iconic fashion chain Biba sold a few years ago on E-bay for £85 – making us wish we had kept more tea towels from back then
We have two sample tea towels we produced for Google, within three months of the company’s start up, depicting two of the first search pages – it would be interesting to know what these tea towels would fetch now for anyone who bought one back then and still has it in good condition
We are often sent actual tea towels and photos of tea towels we produced at least 25 to 35 years ago (usually well-used but still in very good condition) to ask if we still have the artwork on file. And amazingly the answer is ‘Yes – we do still have all of this artwork on record and can produce re-orders’
The furthest away we have ever exported a tea towel was to a small beach and surfing bar on the south-west coast of Australia
Tea Towels For The Trade & Promotional Market – you can rely on us to hit the mark every time where price coupled with superb quality are the key performance indicators
Below are a few crops of various types of actual tea towel prints which show the types of results we can achieve screen printing:-
Five Spot Colour Print – on premium cotton (screen print)
Single Colour Print – on unbleached cotton (screen print)
Six Spot Colour Print – on unbleached cotton (screen print)
Three Spot Colour Print – on standard cotton (screen print)
Full Colour Process Print – on premium cotton (screen print)
Full Colour Process Print – on standard cotton (screen print)
We also make napkins from all the the same fabrics that are available for tea towels
Napkins can be printed in exactly the same way as our tea towels and are available with either screen or digital printing.
Dimensions:- napkins can be as small as you want up to a maximum sewn size of 46cm square. (We find the 46cm size the most popular).
Napkins can then be packed as singles or in sets of 2s and 4s.
If you want to stand out there are lots of great packaging options such as wraps, ribbons and swing tickets.
Top Left – set of four napkins on unbleached cotton (screen print)
Bottom Right – napkins printed on standard cotton (screen print)
Set of Four Napkins – printed on 220gsm bleached panama (screen print)
Set of Four Napkins – printed on 220gsm unbleached panama (screen print)
Types of Printing On Offer
We offer various types of printing including all-over, edge-to-edge screen print in up to 10 spot colours, full colour process (in which we are acknowledged, prize-winning industry leaders), combined full colour process and spot colour, plus a wide range of metallic options including glitters.
In addition we have a full digital printing service; this is great for designs with more than 10 spot colours and for small full colour runs or short runs in general. All-over, edge-to-edge printing is available for all our digital textile products too.
All-over, edge-to-edge printing is available for all our digital textile products too.
All our tea towel fabrics are carefully sourced from various countries including Turkey, India and Pakistan and are woven and finished in the UK to our own specifications. This enables us to have complete control over the quality, colour-yield and provenance of the fabrics we offer.
Here are descriptions and images of our range of fabrics suitable for tea towels:-
(220gsm/sq mtr approx) – (weight 174gms/sq mtr approx) – A non-optic, pure bleach finish (the colour of double cream) designed to co-ordinate with our bleached 8oz cotton drill, calico and 10oz canvas.
(174gms/sq mtr approx) – A bright white finish designed to co-ordinate with our 220gsm and 280gsm bleached panama.
(174gms/sq mtr approx) – An unbleached, natural oat-meal finish with flecks of cotton seeds designed to co-ordinate with our unbleached 8oz cotton drill, calico, 10oz canvas and 220gsm and 280gsm panama.
Bleached Organic Cotton
(174gms/sq mtr approx) – An organic non-optic, pure bleach fabric (the colour of double cream).
Unbleached Organic Cotton
(174gms/sq mtr approx) - An organic unbleached, natural oat-meal finish with flecks of cotton seeds designed to co-ordinate with our unbleached 8oz organic cotton drill and 280gsm unbleached organic panama.
(200gsm/sq mtr approx) – A bright white optic finish 50/50 cotton/linen blend designed to co-ordinate with our 220gsm and 280gsm bleached panama.
For Heavier-weight & Digital Print Options
(220gsm/sq mtr approx) – A bright white optic finish designed to co-ordinate with our 280gsm bleached panama.
(220gsm/sq mtr approx) - An unbleached, natural oat-meal finish with flecks of cotton seeds designed to co-ordinate with our unbleached 8oz cotton drill, calico, 10oz canvas and 220gsm and 280gsm panama.
Pre-treated Standard Cotton for Digital Printing
Whilst our digital prints on our untreated fabrics are already bright and colourful – if you are after more vibrant reds and blues plus very strong blacks then we offer pre-treated standard cotton (for an additional charge).
Bespoke Sewing Options
One of the strengths of Countryside Art is we have a very large, well-equipped Sewing Unit so we can offer all types of bespoke add-ons in the manufacturing of your tea towels.
Our bespoke sewing options are as follows:-
Thread Colours - we have an enormous range of different thread colours enabling us to match to any colours for all-over, edge-to-edge printed tea towels.
Wash Labels – we can use our own standard labels or we can to include our customer’s own wash labels.
Hanging Loops – we offer a wide range of hanging loop colours or can sew in customer’s own provided hanging loops.
We can also provide diagonal hanging loops or multiple hanging loops which are popular on the continent. Again please just let us know what you want.
Customer’s Own Supplied Logo Labels – we can sew in supplied logo labels in either a standard position on the reverse of the tea towel or a special position such as on the front - the choice is yours.
Bespoke Packaging Options
In addition to making your tea towel a special gift, bespoke packaging strengthens your branding and can be an ideal platform to provide more information plus promote your website and on-line shop
We’ve listed all the options along with images to make it easy to choose the right packaging for your tea towel.
Bulk Packed – your tea towels will be supplied packed in poly bags of either 10 or 25 depending on the order quantity. For a small extra charge we do have the option of bulk packing in smaller quantities too
Individually Bagged – if you need to keep your stock protected when on display we offer individual bagging in clear polypropylene bags.
To further enhance presentation and promote your brand we can add the following packaging - all printed digitally in-house at very competitive prices:-
Tea Towel Individually Bagged With Inserts - can be folded in 8ths or 16ths, plus the inserts can be any shape or size
Tea Towel Wrap Individually Bagged With A Euro Hanger – folded in 8ths
Tea Towel Wrap Unbagged – folded in 8ths and can also be supplied individually bagged too
Tea Towel Wrap Unbagged - folded in 16ths and can be supplied individually bagged too
Set of Two Tea Towels – folded into 16ths (top left) and 8ths (bottom right) both can be supplied individually bagged
Swing Tickets – these are available as single or double sided prints on matt or shiny card. They can be any size and are attached with nylon kimbles, ribbon or string
Trays and Headers - available with individual bagging only. Euro hangers can be added
Card Header with Punched Euro Slot - great if you want to hang up the tea towel without a plastic bag. A swing ticket can make a nice addition to show the individual design if you want to use a generic header across a range of designs
Jute String or Ribbon – why not try something different. A swing ticket makes a nice addition plus we also have plastic hangers so the item can be displayed hung up
Set of 2 Tea Towels on a Plastic Hanger – again a swing ticket makes a nice addition to this option
Co-ordinated Sets – we can provided co-ordinated packaging across a range of products. The Cadbury range pictured here includes a tea towel, plus an apron and double oven glove in hanger bags
Barcodes – More and more retailers are calling for stock to be barcoded. We have the facilities to create any type of barcode and can either print them on to the swing tickets, inserts etc or we can print them on to peelable self-adhesive labels. We can also attach barcode labels provided by the customer
More Bespoke Options – if you require something different to the above please let us know. We are always open to our customer’s requirements and this is how some of our popular packaging ideas have come about. We are also happy to use packaging supplied by the customer.