Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

P6 Producer: Potholders, Inc.

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Tue, Dec 06, 2016 @ 06:31 AM


Crystel is one of those unsuspiciously talented artists. She not only has a knack for colors and fabric patterns, but has a great sense of humor, too!

Potholders-Crystel at machine-web.jpgHer mom and some key-high school art and English teachers have served as her inspiration. Let’s be clear though, the older we get, the more we understand how success has as much to do with inspiration as it does hard work, to which Crystel is no stranger. “My mom has been sewing these potholders for a long time. When I left home and got my first sewing machine, that’s when I took up making similar projects – over 10 years ago now.”

Fast forward to today. Even though Crystel’s mom lives in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and makes/sells similar items up in her neck of the woods, Crystel and her mom actually work together to make these. “We both think of the sayings, then she prints them on fabric. We meet up for a weekend and share our materials. While she chips in the printed fabric quotes, I’ve gotten lucky at finding wool blankets at antique shops, or even acquiring my friends’ shrunken wool belongings. Other than the top fabric with patterns, I depend on sourcing all recycled wool.”

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Not only is Crystel an exceptional upcycler of fabrics, she utilizes the leftover wool scraps from the potholders to stuff her decorative pillows, which are made pretty strictly out of upcycled fabrics from prior projects, too.

If the hilarious, thoughtful, and kitchen-relevant quotes don’t pull you in (“THAT’S WHAT SHE SHRED” and “COOKING WITH GAS” are pertinent favorites), consider these bright and very well-crafted items a smart stocking stuffer for all those foodies in your life... ’Cause who couldn’t use a potholder that says “ESPRESSO YOURSELF” – seriously!Potholders-in store-web.jpg