Mom saw a similar towel on Etsy that was done with machine embroidery. She sent me the link as a birthday idea. I sketched it out and traced it on to the fabric. After trying a split stitch, I settled on the basic back stitch so it wouldn't overwhelm the curly lines. If you are ever in the market for tea towels to embroider...buy Aunt Martha's! These are way better than other brands I have tried.