I've been meaning to switch over to using more cloth towels in the kitchen, but I didn't want just plain white towels, so I broke out the embroidery box and got to stitching. It's all backstitch, except for the edging of the cake, which is done in about three rows of French knots. I will never fear French knots again after this project.
The original intent had been to make the cake slice a bit more detailed, but I hadn't really thought ahead, and made the design much larger than it really needed to be (takes up about a third of the towel). Also, this towel, while lovely and soft, was a bit looser of a weave than I usually embroider on. It's the first thing I've ever embroidered that's meant for actual use rather than being decorative, so I'm a bit worried about how it's going to hold up. All the ends have been well sewn in and reinforced with Fray-Check, so I've done all I can, I think. I just need to give it a good preliminary wash to get rid of my pencil marks, and it's good to go.
Next time I do a towel, I know two things to do differently, though.
1) Dig up my disappearing ink embroidery marker
2) Much smaller design - it's just an embellishment, not a display piece.