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Collecting Gay and Gifty Potholders

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Collecting Gay and Gifty Potholders

Sharing stories, info and images of vintage crocheted potholders,treasures from yesteryear.

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Latest Activity: Apr 14, 2017

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A Note from Your Moderator, Author Barbara E.Mauzy

Nifty and neat, pot holders are basically a late 1940s – mid 1950s phenomena. When we consider the brevity of their production, by hand no less, it’s wonderful that so many gay and gifty pot holders have survived for us to covet and collect. I was a collector of pot holders before writing Gay and Gifty Pot Holders, and my love for these unique treasures is shown on every page and in my house where I display them, stack them, and even box away piles of them. Join the fun as we admire what others have created and we now protect and cherish..

Barbara



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Comment by Sondra Craft on August 20, 2010 at 10:49pm
Barbara--To answer your question on crocheting. Yes it is harder to make nice tight pinwheels than to just do a pinwheel or any other pattern. I do crochet, and have made a few pot holders in the past. I also used to make Knob Bobs, which were intended to go over the knob on pot lids or casserole lids to keep you from burning your hands on the knob. However, I did not Sell them as Knob Bobs, instead I used to sell them at Craft shows as Barbie Hats!

I do have a lot of my mom's old crochet and craft magazines and there are a lot of really cool patterns in there! I found the directions for the Knob Bobs in 1 of them.

I would love to make pot holders and other small crocheted items again. I have even bought a few things in the past and figured out how to make the items by looking at them, though it's sometimes hard to determine which crochet stitch was used.
Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on April 16, 2010 at 9:59pm

I found two of these in NM...a style we've never had before.
Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on April 16, 2010 at 1:28am

You expect bottle caps to be used to create grapes, here is a neat floral arrangement I found in a shop in New Mexico.
Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on March 20, 2010 at 10:14am
FYI ~ I do have a few pattern books ~ if you're interested in making pot holders. I can't crochet but when I look at these fabulous oldies I wish I could. Remember, pot holders make great shelf-sitters, they look good hanging out of a bowl. They are nice doilies. By my favorite - use the dresses on a curtain rod as a valance. These look great in a girl's nursery or in a kitchen. There are no rules!!!
Comment by OutOfTheAttic2u on March 15, 2010 at 9:28am
Oh gosh I remember those, my grandmother use to have them and I remember my aunt making them especially at Christmas for gift-giving. I wish I still had mine. I do have a few but not like this one anymore!
Barbara
Comment by Vintage Linens on March 14, 2010 at 8:21pm
Here's an set of kitschy potholders

Comment by Patty Reading on March 14, 2010 at 2:11pm
Here is a pretty set I have listed in my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36573456

Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on March 13, 2010 at 7:21pm
These are so fabulous. It's actually hard to find nice pinwheels. I don't crochet, but I wonder if they were a bit harder to make and therefore less abundant because fewer were made? Just a thought. I hope your post brings you a sale! Barbara
Comment by Vintage Linens on March 13, 2010 at 7:06pm
These pink and white pinwheel potholders are available in my Etsy Shop http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39709730


The blue, gold and brown matching potholders have become part of my personal collection and now hang above my kitchen stove.


Christine @ www.vintagelinens.etsy.com
Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on March 13, 2010 at 5:58pm
Is there anyone who loves these more than I do? I simply can't get enough pot holders, and I favor "realistics". Here's a neat set that was obviously created by the same person, so they deserve to stay together.

 

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