Sean came over last Friday and he brought coffee and biscuits – and that was fabulous! He also brought his 10″ Potholder PRO Loom from Harrisville Designs. I knew this day was coming so I had already bought a few bags of loops in the colors of my kitchen. In other words – I was prepared.
Sean showed me how to get started and helped me through the first one. I had a few dicey moments but it (mostly) came out perfectly. And then he went on about his day but he left the loom with me. So I made another.
And then on Sunday, while watching football, I made a third.
They are BIG and all cotton and thick and just awesome as potholders and trivets, too. It takes about an hour to make one, which is way faster than knitting, and the Potholder Pattern Wizard makes is super fun and simple to create your own unique designs.
I may be holding Sean’s loom hostage for a while. Just sayin.
I don’t think I’ve made a potholder since Girl Scouts many decades ago, but this looks like so much fun! None of my neighbors has brought a loom over (let alone biscuits) so I’m off to check out one of my own!
Mary K. in Rockport says
I learned to make those, in all their wonderful variations, on the playground when I was a child. Now we also have a Harrisville loom and colorful loops (get the good ones!) and woven potholders rule in my kitchen. They’re almost too nice to use!
Girl, look at you weave!
The Potholder Wizard is mesmerizing—you could weave a dozen or so potholders and join them into a rug.
I cannot tell you how unreasonably happy I am to know there is a Potholder Pattern Wizard. It’s time for new potholders at our house, but I’m rather particular. Any chance these are as thick as the commercial ones made of heavy terry cloth?
Kelli Elder says
Carole – you are an enabler! – in the best possible way though! These are so pretty.
You should bite the bullet and get your own! I always take some to a dinner. I love the extra big size. Have fun!
First step: pot holder loom… which leads to a rigid heddle loom…which leads to a floor loom.
But, really, those are not the potholders I used to make! They are awesome!
So cool! I can see how that activity could easily become A Thing. Love those colors, too.
Barbara Seiver says
Our daughters all went through the potholder craft on the standard small looms. Our only problem was that the loops were synthetic, so didn’t make safe potholders. A cautionary tale: be certain to purchase a bag of cotton loops, as Carole did.
Barbara Seiver says
Yes, you enabled me. I went out to play with the design maker, and left having placed an order for a pro loom and loops. (DH chose the Fall colors, no surprise, as he LOVES orange.)
I remember making those potholders as Christmas gifts when I was a kid! Now I have to go checkout the Harrisville loom and the pot holder pattern wizard!
I had forgotten how much fun the potholder looms are! Now I need to get my hands on one of those looms. Thanks for the inspiration!
I must have made dozens of potholders as a kid. My Aunt Grace gave me a loom and I made everyone one I could potholders. It’s a fun way to play with color!
Jeannie Gray says
I loved making potholders when I was a kid. My mom was still using some of them when she passed away a few years ago and now I’m using them. The cotton loops make sturdy beasts! Too bad they can be difficult to find, at least they are in my local craft stores. I’d like to make some more.
I used to love making these-these colors are great.
I made a bunch of these a couple of years ago, Carole. It’s addictive! I could not for the life of me find good potholders, so I ordered the loom from Amazon and got the cotton loops as well. I made a lot of them as a child for my mother, and I knew they were great potholders/trivets. The people at my house laughed at me, but they are going strong. However, I did not know there was a potholder wizard (!), and I did not know there was a 10″ loom. Looks like I will have to make some more! I love the colors and patterns you made. It’s almost as much fun as knitting, but it has that great instant gratification thing attached – LOL.
Oh, that’s so cool. They look great! Good for you finding another fun craft!!