(Totally random starting rambling . . . the word(s) potholder/pot-holder/potholder drives me nuts. I can't find a definitive answer online right now. It seems like everywhere I turn there is a different "correct" usage. I'm going to say that since there is disagreement I am free to use whatever version I prefer!)
|I finished this Green on Green Pot Holder|
last week. I really love the nine different
striped squares. Two colors + Under-over
weaving = So many possibilities!
I now have a higher quality metal loom. I love it! The metal spokes don't bend or give the way the plastic one used to. I've also been using Harrisville Design Loops, which are a lot better than the ones that I used as a kid. These are 100% cotton. They also go through a more rigid quality control process. I remember being frustrated by the number of loops that didn't fit on the loom as a kid--I've made about a dozen pot holders and have yet to come across a loop that doesn't fit. (Also, you have to watch out for the cheap imitation jersey loops. Those make pot holders that are for decorative purposes only. They offer little protection from heat. Even worse, when exposed to extreme heat--like a cookie tray, or something from the oven--they can melt. Yes, that's right MELT. Not a good characteristic of a pot holder.) Anther fabulous plus for making pot holders is that it is a project that from start to finish can be completed during Catherine's nap time. Which is great, because lots of colorful loops and a toddler don't really mix well.
Besides using "crafting time" to make a useful product and the soothing quality that weaving has, I absolutely love coming up with patters! It is amazing how many things you can come up with just doing a simple over and under weave. Combining and alternating colors to make an appealing design can be a bit of a mental game. It isn't always easy to visualize how a pattern will turn out. Of course, it you don't like it you can always unravel it and start again. (And yes, I have done this!) Anyone that knows me knows that I love color--this is a great way to add color to a boring apartment kitchen. (Or any kitchen!)
Bottom line, I love making pot holders! I make them for me, I make them as gifts, I make them to sell. I try to post photos of my various creations on Facebook. (And it would totally make my day if you "liked" me!)
I am linking to a couple of "link parties" such as the following: