Monday, January 19, 2015

Potholder pursuance





Yesterday, I began working on a crocheted potholder to add to my kitchen wall. I have four vintage potholders, all from different places, and I plan to add more. I want to make a few myself. I've been pinning patterns and filling up my Ravelry library too. The potholders I already have are made with cotton thread. I decided to make mine with thread, as opposed to thicker yarn, for consistency. Last week, there was a sale - half off all crochet thread. But the selection was poor and I ended up with acrylic thread because there were so few choices left in the cotton. Thus began a really challenging project. Thread crochet is difficult! The thread is tiny. The stitches are tiny. My tension is too loose, in large part because my smallest hook is still too big. The crochet is curling and lumpy and I can't even block it. I don't like the shininess, or the crinkly feeling. I think it would look like an old rag hanging on my wall.

For all that, I'm enjoying myself. I'm using this pattern - a real vintage one from 1948. I think thread crochet is a lost art. The doilies, the clothing, the bedspreads! The potholder pattern is very similar to one of my vintage potholders. I like knowing that lots of people have made this pattern before me and that the same potholder has graced many, many kitchens. I've always loved to look at photos of forties and fifties kitchens. I try to bring a little of that style to my own kitchen. I like things old and kitschy. I want lots of potholders, going up the wall and over the doorway to the dining room. I'm going to stick with it. I ordered some cotton crochet thread online last night, reds and pinks and greens to match the kitchen and the vintage potholders. I'm going to keep working on the acrylic one, though. It's good practice. I can be patient - just think how long those potholders waited to find each other in my kitchen.

38 comments:

  1. It looks amazing, Jennifer. Well done! :o)

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  2. It's brilliant, I'm very impressed. I can imagine how tricky it is with such fine thread. I love how you talk about how many people have made the pattern before, it's nice to think of them working those same stitches all down the years. I shall look forward to watching you make a collection of pot holders to decorate your wall. CJ xx

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  3. Hello Jennifer!!! Wow, that is a wonderful Vintage pattern! I love the colours you picked. I know what you mean about thin thread - I just made some tiny tiny things with a 1.5mm hook, eeek! But I used fine merino wool. I reckon the acrylic might feel a bit hard on your fingers with the fine thread!!!
    You are right, it is good practice, well done for your perseverance!
    Your kitchen is going to look even more cosy!!! :)
    PS: Just seen your instagram, will follow you (my link is on my page, too!)
    Hugs!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  4. Wow - I'm impressed! I think you're doing a great job!

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  5. I think it's lovely! I really like the sweet vintage feel of the pattern, and your choice of colours. Do you know, I have seen a similar pattern (but with cotton yarn) in a magazine that I am planning to make - great minds think alike,eh?

    ps I have been meaning to reply to your email for the last week and every day run out of time. Tomorrow, I promise! xxx

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  6. I think it looks lovely, really sweet colours. I bet a wee bit of blocking will make it look fantastic :)
    Jillxo

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  7. This is beautiful. So dainty.

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  8. It's so pretty! I love the soft colors you chose. And I really love the idea of lots and lots of potholders on the wall and over the doorway - I can't wait to see the finished project.

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  9. Holy cow Jennifer!!! That piece is out of this world beautiful!!! You knocked me out with this one!!! Have a great week! Nicole xo

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  10. I've never seen acrylic thread! I have done projects with the cotton threads and it's fun to accomplish something made with such tiny stitches. You are doing great! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. I love your combination of colours. That thread looks so fine; you must be incredibly patient. I can't wait to see the finished product; keep at it! x

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  12. You may say you don't like the acrylic thread, I LOVE how your potholder turned out !! I like the shine it has - it just gives that extra touch of kitsch to it, just perfect !! And the pattern is truly gorgeous !

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  13. I love the pot holder and adore the fact it is a vintage pattern, I am a great fan of vintage patterns and have a large collection that rarely get used. Looking forward to seeing it finished and displayed along with the originals.

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  14. I think it is beautiful, well done :)

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  15. Such a lovely idea! I hope that you can enjoy practicing with the thread that you have and then working with the cotton that you have ordered. I imagine that the cotton texture will work more easily, that is what I hope for you in any case! I look forward to seeing more. xx

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  16. It's so pretty! It looks so delicate I'm in awe - I'm such a clodhopper I don't think I'd manage something so tiny, it's going to be so stunning!

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  17. I think you're being very hard on yourself, it's beautiful and I love the colours you've chosen too. The thread looks so fine, it must be very tricky to use. I'd love to have a go at this myself now I've seen yours, you've inspired me, if only there were more hours in the day so I'd have time for everything I want to do.

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  18. I'm sure it will be lovely when it's done. I used to make lots of doilies and crochet bits in thread when I was a teenager, but haven't done so for many years now. I hope you have fun. x

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  19. It is so delicate and pretty! You are doing such a good job crocheting this, Jennifer!
    Helen xox

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  20. I think it's very pretty Jennifer. :) x

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  21. I have never use crochet thread before. I think I might need reading glasses if I wanted to use it. Your potholder is sweet and it will look lovely on your wall. x

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  22. Despite the difficulties you're having with the crochet thread, the colours look great together, and the flower if so pretty! I have a couple of old pot holders of my grandmothers (crochet), and she did the top open-type flower similar to yours, and then put a backing of solid crochet behind it. It's the only crochet potholder I have, the others are sewn, and I love them the same way you love yours ;) Wendy x

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  23. Your crochet looks lovely. When you do it again with cotton it will work out even better. The cotton is slightly easier to work with. If you think your work is too loose then try a small hook.

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  24. The yarn looks very delicate, I love the shades, they work well together.

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  25. I have some cotton crochet thread but I've never used them. My mother and grandmother crocheted using cotton thread. I don't think they ever used yarn. My grandmother made a king-sized bedspread for my parents using cotton thread. Even as a child I thought it was beautiful and the design so intricate. But you're right, I think it's now a lost art and good for you for keeping it going. x

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  26. Nice posts. Like them. I follow you, could you follow back, pls. Kiss

    http://mylovelyfashionbih.blogspot.com/

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  27. Ridiculously beautiful! You're so brave working with that thread - I have a boxful of them which just sit and laugh at me everytime I open up the box and think I'm smart enough to make something with them!Well Done.

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  28. So pretty and lovely ! I know i'ts not easy to crochet such a thin thread but the result of your making is good !! Have a lovely week !

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  29. hello and thank you for popping by http://eightbysix.blogspot.co.uk/
    I look forward to reading more of your lovely posts. Amanda

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  30. That.... is ...... beautiful! So intricate with such delicate colours - stunning!
    Caz xx

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  31. It will be, rather it is gorgeous, but my that thread is thin. I have never crocheted with anything that thin before. Best of luck and I shall look forward to seeing more...

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  32. How pretty is that potholder! I didn't even know there was such a thing as crochet thread. But then again, I don't crochet/knit/sew, so what do I know, lol. I think a potholder wall is a cool, unique idea. I can't wait to see it when it's done!

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  33. Gosh this is so beautiful, I'd love to have such a talent.

    (Thanks for visiting my blog!)

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  34. So pretty. And very fiddly by the look of it. I am in awe!

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  35. ooohoooh this is lovely. i'v e just popped across to see who joined my mess and am pleasantly greeted by such talent and lovely craftyness. Im just going to troll trough some of your past posts. PS welcome to the mess. Monique

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