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DIY Idea: Natural, Hand-Woven Potholders Will Have You Revisiting a Childhood Craft

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DIY Idea: Natural, Hand-Woven Potholders Will Have You Revisiting a Childhood Craft

Mariana Schultze December 13, 2022

Chances are, nearly everyone reading this post has made a hand-loomed potholder, either as a child or with a child. This simple craft is both meditative and fun. But to me it’s always been a pity the typical kit features synthetic fabrics in colors that often border on garish.

Happily, a new class of artisans have elevate this kid craft for the design-minded and eco-conscientious adult. Made from hand-dyed natural or recycled fabrics, they’re not only better looking but better for the planet, too. They’ve inspired me to revisit the handwoven potholder—and might do the same for you.

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Above: From our latest book, Remodelista, The Low Impact Home, here are my creations, which were made from recycled T-shirts that I cut into strips.
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Above: Ojai-based textile artist Kate Kilmurray seeks to “reinvent handloom-woven work for the modern age.” Inspired by nature, her work is fashioned from hand-dyed, sustainable fabrics. Kate’s potholders come in all different colorways. Prices start at $22, and higher-priced weavings are quite complex and often one-of-a kind. This Potholder in Flax, Apricot, and Rust is from her Part of her Wave Collection IV; $50.
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Above: Fashioned from 100 percent organic jersey, Alabama Chanin’s Hand-Loomed Cotton Potholder is generous enough to serve as a trivet; $58.
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Above: Featuring a bold geometric pattern, this Flax and Black Potholder is from Kate Kilmurray’s Forest Collection; $28.
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Above: From A Handmade House Studio’s Baker’s Collection, this generous Rectangle Potholder with Small Cross in Winter and Red is great for larger pots and pans; $22. Also available with Charcoal Cross.
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Above: From Kate Kilmurray’s one-of-a-kind Specialty Collection, this Indigo and Navy Potholder is made from a mix of wool and cotton; $40.
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Above: This Open Weave Chocolate and Winter Potholder by A Handmade Studio is crafted from 100 percent cotton; $18. It’s also available in other colors and as a larger trivet.
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Above: Artist Kate Kilmurray is a huge proponent of the meditative qualities of hand weaving potholders. Should you want to try yourself, she offers classes, patterns, looms, and hand-dyed loops in various shades, available for small or large looms; $8.95 and$16.95.

(N.B. The featured photo of Kate Kilmurray potholders is by Mariana Schultze.)

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