Can you imagine a kitchen without pot holders? Or have you ever wondered how you can do your cooking, or get anything from the oven, or transfer a hot pot from one place to another without these things? The practicality of these kitchen items should not be underestimated, nor taken for granted. Because cooking without getting burned will be impossible. Every kitchen must have potholders. There are many types available that you can purchase from any store, but whichever type you prefer to use, they have the same purpose. These items will enable you to handle hot items in the kitchen safely, saving your hands and arms from getting seriously burned.
There are various ways to classify pot holders. The classification may be based on the kind of material they were made of, such as cotton or linen, etc. The shape my also be considered (round, oblong, or mitten for your oven), as well as your purpose in putting it in your kitchen (for actual use, or decoration). All these combined, you can have the following types of pot holders:
- Machine printed. This is the simplest type, made of ordinary fabric and batting. You can make it yourself using your hands, but if you plan to produce in big quantity for sale, it is advised that you must have a knowledge of operating a sewing machine to save time.
- Embroidered. As the name suggests, these pot holders are embroidered either by hand or machine. This type makes ideal gifts for wedding and any other occasion. If embroidery is one of your favorite hobbies, you can make these items yourself, although you can find these things on the malls.
- Hand Painted. To make this type, you must possess a little skill in painting. If you prefer, find some ready made items made of plain materials and do your painting on the surface, using a fabric paint and a paint brush. You can choose from many paint colors that are available, and also from various designs.
- Hand Woven. You can do this easily by obtaining a loom kit. The loom kit has all the materials you require to make this type including metal loom, colorful and good quality loops, and two loom hooks. Through this loom kit, weaving can be done by adults and children as well.
Some persons have two sets of pot holders in their kitchens. One they intend for practical use and the other set they just hang on the kitchen as decorations. The pot holders intended for use are normally made of cotton. Cotton materials are widely preferred over other type because of its absorbent and heat resistant quality. Add to this the durability that you can use it for a long period of time. And the colors do not easily fade even after several washes. However, if you want to put them in your kitchen to decorate, you may use other kinds of materials that will suit the purpose. The satin material would be ideal, and the embroidered type will provide for a nice decoration.