Quirky Hands at Home

When I think about “hands at home,” I can fall into the trap of thinking of sweet old ladies, crocheting pink doilies, with a cat at their feet. But, really, some of the best handmade items are downright quirky and remind us that each person is really, truly an individual with a big personality.

One of my favorite dish towels is the one pictured here. I sold it about a year ago and have always sort of wished I hadn’t. I’d love to know the story on the person who embroidered this spooky little guy. Is it a gnome? A house elf? A space invader? Was the maker chuckling the whole time he or she stitched?


You’ll see lots of quirkiness in the handmade—some intentional, some accidental. It’s part of what makes it real!