Short Leaved Starflower


The Short Leaved Starflower (Calytrix brevifolia) is often found in heath and woodlands on sandplains in coastal areas of the Mid West and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. It has very small leaves with comparatively large flowers that range from deep pink to magenta with a yellow centre. It blooms between August and January. This image is from a photograph taken in the Kalbarri National Park.


This tea towel is hand printed using water-based inks on 100% unbleached linen  The fabric retains the natural colour of the flax fibre, and is produced in relatively small batches.

Linen ages very well but can be a bit unruly early on. After the first couple of washes the fabric will be quite crinkly, so just pull it into shape a bit before hanging up to dry. Ironing while still slightly damp or using a steam iron on the back gives excellent result. We recommend a hand wash the first time then gentle machine wash after that. Some shrinkage will occur given the fabric has not been pre-shrunk. Avoid tumble drying.

The tea towels measure 50 x 70cm and the printed area is approximately 41 x 55cm. They can be framed in a standard IKEA frame. If you’d like to read more about this, please go to our Questions page and see ‘Product Information’ for details.


Notes on flax

The flax plant (Linum Usitatissimum) can be grown with natural rainfall and requires minimal fertiliser or pesticide use. Flax has white to blue flowers that last for only a day or so, and the crops are rarely troubled by insects.

Following harvesting the flax is dried and all seeds removed. The fibre is soaked in water for a number of weeks, then a mechanical process separates the fibre from the straw. After this the fibre may be bleached or kept natural before being spun into yarn or woven to become linen fabric.


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