Potholders! One of life’s simplest crafts is the potholder loom and loops. We had a potholder loom at home during the 50’s. Mama would get us loops and we would weave potholders for our kitchen and TeeTee’s kitchen next door. I remember I loved to make them, and enjoyed trying out new patterns and colors. The basic metal loom comes from 1948. But today they make a plastic loom, but the instructions are still the same. When Daddy retired and was getting on up in years, Mama gave him the supplies to make her some new potholders. Daddy was a man with no hobbies and never did any art. The only thing I can remember him making was bullets. He would melt the lead, and pour it into molds. But, that was in the 60’s. So, for Daddy to pick up potholder making in his late 70’s was something. He got obsessed with making them and did it all day watching his TV. He made so any that Mama ran out of sources for the loops and finally called the president of the loop company and told him the story. He told her he could ship her a case of unpackaged loops and it was sold by the pound. Daddy never ran out of loops. he would put them in his pockets and when he went anywhere he would hand potholders out, even to total strangers. The organist and pianist at church were the recipients of some each time he went to church. he would just lay them on the benches and they would find them when they came to play for a service. I have a huge sack he made in the closet for my family later.
Well, the last few years at Sacred Heart we have been making potholders. Last year we gave a bunch to the kitchen staff and this year the 8th graders are making 10 a piece to sell as a class fundraiser You know me I can’t just sit. I always have to be doing something. So, I a making potholders for presents. It’s fun, easy, clean and you can pick it up right where you left off. AND they are useful, decorative and can be washed. A SIDE NOTE: The loops are the left over rings off of the looms that make socks. Today they come in 3 different varieties: Cotton, the old regular ones , nylon thin & stretchy, and thick with some wool.