Friday, March 14, 2014

natural inspiration

I saw these leaves on a neighbor's tree on may 4, 2008. 
the shape inspired me, 
so I snipped them for my leaf collection.

I often revisit that collection, 
especially when designing for springtime.

the leaf turned into a pinwheel, and 13 stripes got lucky.
our newest designs for spring 2014 
are being screened and sewn right now.

coming soon :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

it's us in the march issue!

our studio, the garden we look out at, and my home,
featured in the march issue of 
better homes and gardens magazine.

read about the wonderful spot in san francisco 
I call home and work. 
see our light-filled spaces 
and our inspiration-filled walls.

many thanks to 
writer sally finder weepie, 
photographer david tsay, 
stylist michael walters.

look for the march issue in newsstands now :)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

pretty thoughtful

 our linen gift bags are back in stock 
and ready for just about anything.

give a party favor:
bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, weddings, 
charity events, graduations, anniversary parties 
and tea parties :)
fill with your favorite bottle of champagne, prosecco, wine, 
olive oil, artisan vinegar, maple syrup, sparkling cider, 
sherry, port, vodka or whiskey.
make something special… 
cookies, biscotti, brownies, caramel corn, peanut brittle, 
granola, jams and preserves, scones, banana bread, donuts, 
pasta, pickles, preserved lemons, chocolate sauce.
have bag, will travel:
lingerie, socks, boxers, scarves, handkerchiefs, jewelry, 
combs and brushes, slippers, cords and chargers, 
yarn and knitting needles, vitamins, first aid, 
tampons and condoms.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

how big is big?

our flour sack towels are big 
and strong and absorbent. 

connie holds one up here in our studio 
to demonstrate just how big big is.

this great basic white towel, a hardworking favorite, 
is available here.

Monday, January 13, 2014

be a hero...

 and make paper towels useless in your kitchen. 
you'll reduce unnecessary waste, 
and maybe even save a tree.

our 10 ways to use flour sack towels, instead:

oh, we couldn't resist a few more:

wash and dry vegetables, straight from the farmer's market or garden
wrap and store bread and baked goods 
that would otherwise get soft and mushy when stored in plastic
wipe surfaces clean
mop up spills
and of course, simply dry your hands

have another idea? please share!

Monday, December 23, 2013

our styling aprons

food stylist kim kissling 
and her 2 assistants, nicole paizis and emily garland, 
showed up at work last week
all wearing studiopatró aprons. 

one in oatmeal, one in bark, one in oyster linen. 
they were nice enough to take, and share, this lovely photo!

see kim's work here.

Friday, November 29, 2013

where the small things are

we're small
and we're still tying every ribbon here in our studio, 
before it gets shipped off to you. 

so to celebrate small business saturday,
we're offering free shipping all day saturday 
and sunday too.

november 30th and december 1st, 
use code "shipfree" at checkout, 
right here at

(applies to domestic shipping only!)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

our favorite wrap

this is our favorite wrapping, 
simply because it's such a perfect pairing.
a new cookbook makes a perfect gift 
for a seasoned or an aspiring cook. 
wrap it in a linen tea towel 
and you'll make it memorable, 
and usable too :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

presentation is everything


our linen gift bags. the perfect presentation
for a hostess or holiday gift.

get ready to wrap 
wine, champagne, artisanal libations, olive oil or vinegar, 
jams and marmalades, syrup, chocolate and caramel sauce, 
honey, homemade biscotti or cookies, 
weck jars full of treats, handmade breadsticks, 
or whatever else you can fit inside. 

made with our oyster and oatmeal linen, 
these bags have a sewn-in twill slate ribbon.
 and we love that they're re-giftable and reusable!

$14 each, or a set of 3 for $36.

available now, and only at 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

be prepared

everyone we know is talking about 
thanksgiving dinner. 

inviting family and friends, collecting recipes, 
deciding who brings a pie.

just don't forget to 
for the occasion :)

aprons and apron sets here!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

another way to "use me"

meredith swinehart 
wrote about her kitchen makeover 

and discovers another way to use a tea towel:
DEVOUR shades the morning sun.

we love her philosophy for approaching a rental kitchen rehab. 
"accept the things you cannot change 
and change the things you can."

Monday, September 23, 2013

our first customer

our very first customer from 4 years ago 
(and still a loyal fan of our tea towels) 
came by to model one of our new fall designs. 

 to Richard, shown with Cook Everyday.

orange frames, right on.


Friday, September 6, 2013

when pattern = inspiration

pattern inspires me.

it inspired our name:
the patró in studiopatró 
means pattern in catalan.

here's what inspired fall 2013 new designs:

a classic, never-gets-old, french ticking stripe fabric
for cook everyday and life is delicious.

the punched openings of the common metal kitchen colander
for colander, in noir and blanc.

beautiful old arabesque hand-painted tiles
for arabesque, in noir and blanc.

architect gio ponti 
and his ceilings and floors and walls and furniture
for gio, in slate and copper.

is all about seeing. 
seeing pattern and color and shape.
seeing texture and light and shadows. 
seeing words and photographs and clouds.
seeing architecture and bridges and street signs. 
inspiration is never ending. 

our 2013 fall collection of 
tea towels 
gift sets 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

a little interview

brooklyn-based matt and tom from 
have a passion for food, and search the country 
for unique treasures for pantry and table. 

they include studiopatro linens in their pantry, 
and posted a very nice interview on their blog :)

read more

Friday, August 30, 2013


have you discovered food 52 provisions?

they've assembled a very original and useful collection of kitchen gear 
including our aprons, tea towels and flour sacks :)

it's the best go-to site for recipes, ideas, information 
and now, provisions. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

saving summer

savor the last month of summer,
and save on shipping.

through august only
for orders over $100

shop now, start here

Friday, July 26, 2013

help yourself to seconds

for the first time ever, seconds for sale!
our seconds are just as hardworking 
but have slight marks or flaws 
from the handprinting process. 
buy them here in sets of two.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

sweet tweet

a tweet came our way today:

dear @studiopatro apron, you are the best. 
I splattered you with cherry juice yesterday, 
and you came out of the wash looking just fine!

katie writes a food blog, 
and the splatter happened while making
sour cherry frozen yogurt.
it sounded so good, we thought we should share 

  thanks for the treat, katie!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

why we love linen


is one of the oldest fabrics known to mankind.
       it is completely natural and fully biodegradable. 
of all textile fibers, linen is the most ecologically sound, 
and supports the ecosystem of our planet.

linen is woven from the flax plant,
and is grown for its fiber 
(the stem produces linen, paper and rope) 
and its seeds (for linseed oil). 
every part of the plant is used. 

the production of linen fabric uses 
5 to 20 times less water and energy 
than the production of cotton or man-made fibers.

linen is strong and sturdy. 
it is twice as strong as cotton.

linen absorbs moisture very rapidly 
and dries quickly.

linen launders beautifully and 
becomes softer with each use. 
it is highly absorbent, lint free and static free.

linen is extremely long lasting 
and is often passed on through generations.       

our linen tea towels are handprinted one-by-one, 
using ecologically friendly water-based inks.

use cloth not paper :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

the simplest picnic

fresh, no-prep, instant, delicious. 
here's "the-only-way-I-do-a-picnic" picnic:

assemble in a basket or on a tray. just add:
tea towels, glassware, a knife and a cutting board,
and down to the deck we go.

for more picnic food ideas,
our "go-to" recipe site is

happy international picnic day!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

in your words

our thanks to our customers who shared 
their favorite stories about men and cooking.

these 100% linen Café Aprons are long and wide, 
and look great on men of all sizes: $68.
FREE SHIPPING until june 11th!
order by tuesday june 11th, for delivery by father's day.
enter code "shipfree" at checkout. 

p.s. our café apron giveaway is still in progress... 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

men in aprons

what is it about men in aprons? men who cook?

share a story, win one of our 
café apron sets.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

handmade, everyday

reason #80

we love being a part of sunset magazine's 
100 reasons to love the west. 

to see the other 99 reasons, 
get the june issue, on newsstands now.

many thanks to 
regina connell of handful of salt
who curated this collection of artisan creations

Thursday, May 23, 2013

help, please.

we'd like your help.
we're looking for proof (we know it's not an urban myth)
that men can cook.

does your man, dad, grandad, boyfriend, brother or son 
like to cook? 

go to our facebook page, enter your answer, 
(be creative!)
and you may win one of our Café Apron Sets 
(perfect for Father's Day giving).
thank you,
ahead of time!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

cooking with kids

20 years ago I started cooking with my daughter Emma,
and I still use some of her favorite cookbooks and recipes.

and nicest thing of all...
her little bookmark drawings are still there :)

her favorites books were
Fanny at Chez Panisse by Alice Waters
(for pizza dough and roast chicken)
and Cooking with Children by Marion Cunningham
(for the step-by-step drawings).

we recently posted a giveaway with
this little street 
and asked families what was special about cooking with kids. 

here's some of their stories:

"my daughter's favorite part of cooking is using the measuring cups. 
after I wash them, I let her take them in the tub 
and she pretends to cook whatever we just made."

"I love to have my children help me with dinner daily. 
it is so important to me that they be a part of the process and 
I know they will always have fond memories of cooking with mama!"

"we love making pancakes together! breakfast on the weekends 
is the one time of the week that we are all together and 
love spending that time making a fabulous breakfast!"

"I love making pizza with my son. our whole family loves to eat it
and it's even more special when you’ve put love into each layer."

"I have so many memories associated with food. 
every time I smell porridge, I think of my dad 
getting up early in winter days to make it for me. 
I can’t wait to make memories with food with our kids."

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

teacher appreciation

 it's that time of year - the end of the school year - 
that always makes me think of teachers. 

 and it brings back some great memories.
it was the 70's, and I was teaching elementary school art.
the last days of school always came along too quickly, 
but it was a special time to celebrate.

my classroom was always creative and noisy and fun,  
so we built a "think tank" for anyone who wanted 
to draw or conceptualize a project quietly. 
it was fun to make and paint, and then we filled 
the inside with inspirational pictures.

now I like to design early in the mornings when it's quiet, 
before emails and meetings, before the business day begins. 
our studio walls are filled with inspiration and color, 
so the "think tank" concept continues.

it's that special time of year, again.
a great time to say thank you to all the teachers in your world, 
and to show your appreciation.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

famous moms

here's my famous mom. 
famous to 5 children, 3 grandkids, 1 great-grandchild (so far). 
"saint catherine" is 87, 
and is still hanging her towels out to dry 
in her backyard in arizona. 

the month of may belongs to all moms, 
so don't forget to celebrate
and send some love their way.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

this little street giveaway

at this little street
win the perfect gift for mother’s day – 
our kitchen and kiddot set.
see the details and 
enter here

our thanks to 
mom audrey and little olivia!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

martha stewart living

today is a good day. 
studiopatro is featured in the may issue of 
martha stewart living, in "unexpected heirlooms" by ayesha patel. 
we love maria robledo's photo of the towel over rising dough, 
and the sentiment that our linens will get passed down 
to the next generation.
 download the full issue here.


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