Monday, August 29, 2011

The Rise and Fall of the Potholder Loom

Genevieve has completed 2 potholders of the random bright variety.  She has a serious stash of the fabric loops, thanks to A's creative reuse shop.  Most of the time, Genevieve plays with the loops as bracelets, toe sandals, toy food, and any manner of odd placements.

One evening, after too much socializing, I came home jangled and snatched that loom and made a potholder, playing with the colors with a bit of intention.  It was marvelously soothing.  I still get a little soothe when I handle the potholder in the kitchen.

And when Genevieve realized I had co-opted her loom, she started another potholder. . . only to lose interest at the first frustration.  I helped her untangle and restart, but she still put it aside.


I hope that she learns the rewards of following a creative burn through to the finish. . .but I think she's too young for me to push it.

However, those little Colonial girls were stitching samplers by Ben's age. . . .

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6 comments:

Eva Girl said...

The Colonial girls may not have had as much fun as our children do these days either...lots of work and responsibility at a young age...but, we try to teach that to our children while still letting them be children ; )

I've never made one of those potholders...sounds like fun1

BLD in MT said...

My sisters and I made many a loom potholder in our youth....I can testify to the quality or pattern....but we had a lot of fun.

Kristen (by the book paper) said...

I loved making those potholders! My mother still has some, I think. And one of my students gave me one my last year teaching that I still use. I love how bright and sturdy they are. I hope she decides to try again!

Sarah Barry said...

What a blast from the past! I must confess I was much like your daughter and never finished making my potholders. My cousins {who were very crafty and a little OCD} always finished theirs.

Tracy said...

I struggle with knowing these very thing...do I push Abigail to finish what she started, or let her set it aside if she'd like.

Stephanie said...

I love the potholder she made for me!

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