Unplug yourself?nd any children in your life?nd enjoy the art of weaving at the small-scale level with the fun, accessible potholder loom. Familiar to many from their childhood, simple square potholder looms hold stretchy fabric loops that are woven to create practical gifts or handy trivets for your own kitchen. There are a world of designs that you can create with your color and pattern choices, and most potholders take less than an hour from loom to done. Enjoy choosing from 140 patterns that can be woven on any standard potholder loom or on the PRO loom, resulting in colorful, practical works of art?nd a joyful escape into creativity! Along with the exciting patterns for two-color to eight-color squares, be inspired by ideas for enjoying potholder weaving as a group activity, or as a fundraiser for schools, clubs, and other organizations.

Harrisville Designs has been making high-quality, natural 100% wool yarns for knitting and weaving for over 40 years. As one of a handful of woolen mills left in this country, Harrisville? textile tradition dates back to 1794, when the first of several mills was built across the Nubanusit River in Harrisville, New Hampshire, to harness the waterpower necessary for carding fleeces brought down to the village from local hilltop farms. The Harris family built many of the original mill buildings and houses for their family and workers. Harrisville Designs was founded in 1971 to keep the textile tradition alive and to create jobs in Harrisville for the economic vitality of the town, leasing space from Historic Harrisville to give that organization income to help keep it viable. The village of Harrisville, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, is recognized as the only 18th-century textile village in America that survives in its original form. Harrisville Designs continues to make high-quality, natural 100% wool yarns for knitting and weaving along with beautiful carded fleece for felting and spinning. Floor looms in several sizes and styles are finely handcrafted in the woodworking shop, which also creates their wonderful line of award-winning products for children. The Friendly Loom?product line includes weaving, knitting, felting, and metal looms and cotton loops for weaving potholders.

Rachel Snack is a weaver, textile artist, and conservator. Rachel is the founder of Weaver House Co., a textile studio dedicated to preserving craft tradition through handmaking and weaving education. She received her bachelor of fine arts in fiber & material studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her master of science in textile design at Philadelphia University. She has exhibited her work internationally and taught courses on weaving, fiber dyeing, and textile conservation throughout the United States. www.rachelsnack.com

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