Wednesday, January 9, 2013

vintage pot holders

One of my favorite vintage treasures to collect are crocheted pot holders. Oh, how these lovelies make me smile and warm up inside! I love how they bring such handmade prettiness and color to my home. I adore the rose ones most, and have been wanting to try to make them ever since I started crocheting. 
So, I started collecting vintage pot holder pattern books to learn how all those sweet ladies made them. This one was my latest find, and I just love the graphics. Wish I could have bought it for 10 cents! 
All these pot holders are so delicately crocheted with the smallest of colorful threads and hooks. 
Are you the Queen of the Kitchen? I love this window scene pot holder. Too cute! 
The rose ones are always so beautiful! 
I made it my goal this year to try my hand at making some, and I can tell you that I have been so intimidated by that No. 7 size hook and size 10 thread, but...
I finally started one, and I am actually loving it! It took a little bit to get used of the hook and thread, but so far so good. I had to learn how to make a cluster for the leaves, which was confusing at first, but I finally got it. So, I am off to add the creamy white stitches. I have a feeling that these might become a little addicting to make. I can already imagine all the pretty different colors to make them in!

Wishing you a day full of sweetness!!


58 comments:

  1. Hi Heather, I'm so impressed by your pot holder and that tiny hook and thin thread! I have collected the old pot holders for my kitchen, yours is going to be amazing!
    Hen x

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  2. Hi Heather, the pot holders are so beautiful! hope you have a wonderfully happy day sweetie :)

    Bee happy x

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  3. Wow your pot holder you are making is beautiful alreday that red flower is such a stunning centre piece. Cant wait to see it finish. Enjoy,dee x

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  4. wow these are gorgeous heather.....they look amazing together too.....happy hooking! x

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  5. Your rosy crochet potholder is adorable, Heather! And I loved seeing those amazing vintage patterns. It's great to see you back, I'm glad you had a lovely break. Sending you warm wishes for a very Happy New Year!
    Helen x

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  6. they are so gorgeous! The rose one is just beautiful. So they are to stand hot pots on? They seem too nice for that! Imagine a quilt made of them, heaven! xxx

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  7. I have always loved those potholders, yours is going to be so pretty!!

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  8. Oh how I love your bowl filled with your darling collection of potholders!! I've been collecting the little dress-shaped ones. You are so talented. I'm just amazed at how quickly you can pick up a new skill.

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  9. Heather, I too love old crocheted potholders. I have a big collection and love to add them here and there in my home. Of course, I am not talented enough to make any!! Yours is turning out so nice, Jean

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  10. They will be beautiful, just like everything you do! :) --Fran

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  11. I love collecting vintage potholders too! They are such lovely little pieces of art and I love thinking about the women that made them and the incredible work that went into them. Thanks for sharing the pattern pages. It's such fun looking at the old patterns. I have never tried to make one. Your's is coming along nicely! Have a nice day! Twyla

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  12. Sweet vintage pot holders displayed in that pretty bowl. Your's is coming along nicely-can't imagine that size hook. Can't wait to see the finished pot holder.

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  13. I cannot crochet to save my life! Knitting, yes. Can't imagine even using such pretties after all that work, but won't they look nice hanging there ; )

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  14. Hello Heather!
    I'm glad to have you as a new follower and I'm also your newest follower! I love those vintage potholders and would love to make a few myself.. My grandmom Orde had a great collection of them but my moms sister ended up getting all of them...and who knows where they are now...

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  15. OMGosh, you are doing a wonderful job. I might just have to buy one or two as a gift. Let me know when you've got some in your shop.

    Hugs,
    Meri

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  16. They are lovely aren't they? Love the graphics in the pattern book!! I guess I have "sensitive hands" if I use them to grab a hot plate, they don't seem to work too well...I use them instead between my pots and pans and in between my china plates.
    Hoping to see some of these in your shop!

    chris

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  17. I love those old vintage potholders... hmmm, perhaps I see a new collection in my future? :)

    ~Chris

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  18. I love these, too! I think I'm going to make a garland with mine and use it as a valance above my kitchen window! ♥

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  19. Those are so sweet Heather! I love the roses too! Soon as I seen your first picture I was warming up inside!! So pretty!! Happy Wednesday! xo Holly

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  20. Oh Heather, they are gorgeous! I have a whole big pile of them. (I think they multiplied and had babies since I last took a picture.) You are very brave for making something with such a tiny hook.

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  21. Hello my dear sweet Heather! I always get so excited when I see a post from you! You inspire and bless me with everything you share! Like you, I love to collect those vintage crocheted pot holders, especially the ones with roses, and pink ones! :D Your collection is beautiful and looks so pretty in the vintage bowl. I love the vintage pattern books you have been collecting! They are so sweet and charming! I would love to try and make these too. They look so difficult though! I am very proud of you for trying and just look at how gorgeous it is turning out! Yay! I am so happy and excited for you! I hope you will offer some of these in your beautiful shop! The colors you are using are beautiful! I look forward to seeing it completed. I know you do too! hee hee! I wish you a day full of sweetness too! You are a dear heart! Love you lots, Paula xoxo

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  22. I'm be curious to know how long it takes to make one? I love the idea that these little pieces of the past are still being created.

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  23. Wow Heather! Those vintage pattern books are fantastic! You find the coolest things. Have fun crocheting the potholders. I love them stacked in that pretty tin bowl. We have those same kind of bowls here at Friday Market (the flea market). I must go buy some more. :) Happy New Year! Tammy

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  24. Congratulations on graduating to thin thread and small needle - there are so many beautiful vintage items that you can now make. Many, many years ago, when I first learned to crochet, I decided to make a bedspread with the same rose pattern as your potholder. Rose blocks were separated by plain blocks. Well, I made one rose block and then another. Alas, they were not the same size and the bedspread never was made. Maybe I'll do a potholder instead :)
    bedofosm@gmail.com

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  25. I love those books, too, especially the ones with shaped potholders like teapots and dresses. I'm sure with your crochet skills you'll master these in no time!

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  26. These are so beautiful. I would love to learn to crochet.

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  27. These are absolutely darling, Heather! Is there anything you can't do??? Your work is fabulous, perfect.....love the rose patterns! From one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

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  28. Eeeeeekkkk! I am soooo impressed with these new skills!

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  29. Your flower is coming out wonderful! I love the colors you chose, great job!

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  30. I love those! I want to turn mine into cushions some how! Any ideas?

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  31. I have a few - I love those patterns. I think I've said this before - I must learn how to crochet! You have done a beautiful job!

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  32. Heather, your start is perfect! It looks just like the original. Amazing! I love potholders as well. Your collection has such pretty colors! Elizabeth

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  33. Oh Heather, it is beautiful! Keep going, you can do it!

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  34. These are so pretty. I've never seen pot holders like them before. You are doing a beautiful job in making one. I can't wait to see your one completed either!

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  35. Love them!

    I love all your handiwork projects, but I have to admit, these are probably my favorite project that you've done.

    You inspire me :)

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  36. So awesome! Beautiful work. thanks for sharing.

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  37. Your potholders are lovely and your start is fabulous, can't wait to see it finished!

    S x

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  38. your vintage pot holders are lovely, heather. i can't wait to see how the one you are crocheting turns out. i've a collection, too... they're simply irresistable.

    xo
    molly

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  39. Wow 'tres chic' Heather,
    Adorable....
    d x

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  40. Hi Heather! Oh, these are just darling! I made a couple last year and now you've got me wanted to make some more. Can't wait to see yours.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  41. Yours is so pretty, especially with the minty green & red. I love the vintage crochet potholders, too and have a few with the roses. I envy those who know how to crochet - I never could do it very well.

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  42. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO gorgeous Heather...as I always say you are a master...hop over to my blog today and take a look at Joe's finds -- I think you will find what is in the picnic basket interesting ; ) hugs...

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  43. I love vintage pot holders too. Every time I buy one I think of the lady that crocheted it and wonder what her story is/was. I love to crochet but I can not read the pattern I am more visual. Hope you are having a great day.
    Hugs
    donna

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  44. I love to collect them, too! They add so much charm to a kitchen. Yours look lovely in the enamelware bowl!
    Michelle

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  45. You know I started collecting crocheted hot pads about four years ago. I'm totally amazed at how many different patterns there are! I use them under my cabinates like a backsplash border. Hung in color families they are so cute and make me smile too.

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  46. You are making that sweet rose! Ohhhhhh - Wonderful! You are so talented. I love vintage potholders, too! Especially the red or pink ones!

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  47. How sweet your pot holders all look & well done you for I think YOUR new pot holder is really tops! With so many old patterns you'll be the queen of the kitchen.

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  48. Oh My Goodness Heather, that is going to be one gorgeous pot holder!
    wishing you a happy new week
    love jooles x

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  49. Gosh! You are always so encouraging to me! It looks so fun! I have been wanting to make some, too. But haven't yet. Love that book, its cute!
    Blessings,
    susie

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  50. I love these type of potholders! I don't know if I could ever learn how to make them, though. Are you going to make some to sell??

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    1. Thank you Amy! I am planning on putting them in my shoppe soon, so stay tuned!! Have a great day!! ;) xo Heather

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  51. gorgeous pot holders Heather! It's great when you get to master something you've liked from afar! Heather x

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