Local Linens Made By Hand

If you’re looking for a special gift or a way to elevate your décor during the holidays, Kansas City boasts two entrepreneurs who create lovely linens.


Sharyn Blond Linens in the Crestwood Shops specializes heirloom-quality, hand-embroidered cocktail napkins and fingertip and guest towels. There are dozens of patterns, everything from anchors to zoological motifs.

For nearly three decades in Kansas City, Blond has been carrying on the legacy of Constance Leiter’s internationally known designs and has added her own. Blond also frequently collaborates with celebrated interior designers and tastemakers around the globe. Custom work including monograms are available.

The linens are hand-embroidered on the island of Madeira. Blond modifies designs and color ways to remain fashion forward.

This year, Blond has added new designs to her Christmas linen collection.


Green Bee Tea Towels is a Kansas City-based company that specializes in tea towels made from cotton flour-sack material, a textile originally used in the mid-1800s to transport and store grain, sugar and other food staples.

Owner Rena Krouse and her team handprint each towel from their production studio in Raytown. There are more than 200 designs, including Christmas and Hanukkah. The variety includes cheeky phrases (“Feeling Nauti” with an anchor) and motifs inspired by vintage Pyrex.

Green Bee Tea Towels are in more than 500 retail stores across the U.S., including all 50 states, and an online shop.

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