Lisa comes from a long history of sewing. Her family made quilts and their own clothes. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Lisa worked in a sewing factory during the summers to put herself through school. These napkins are reminiscent of these simpler times and are a labor of love. Most of napkins are small batch hand dye and then screen print. Some are on organic cotton that is milled and grown in the United States. Believing in living with beauty and being responsible for our environment Lisa started making napkins to replace paper products in her home.
Dyed napkins drying in the sun.
Small batch of dyed napkins
Pete's Hankies was the direction Lisa was heading for when she started making the napkins in 2010. It took her five years to find the perfect handkerchief fabric that could be dyed and screen printed on! Pete's Hankies are made from a lightweight and durable yet absorbent fabric that is 60% Cotton/40% linen. These handkerchiefs provide an artful alternative to the overpriced and wasteful paper products we use everyday.
Welcome to Pete's Hankies! Most of the themes of the hankies are old-timey with a nod to our fragile ecology.