I know that most of my readers are women. It makes sense, so much of what I write about and creative has to do with being a woman. It’s not intentional, it’s just what I do.
So, last year I thought about making some potholders for men. I was thinking that there are women on my blog who might want to give a man they know a potholder and lets face it, most men wouldn’t be interested in most of my potholders. I’ve gotten a couple of requests for potholders for men ( a couple means 2 and I remember them both) but when I thought about making them, I couldn’t picture what they would look like. When I thought of fabric men might like, sad to say, that traditional men’s pajama print was the only thing that came to mind. Then I started thinking of baseball and football stuff and then all those horrible “Uncle Cards” from Hallmark. Ya know, sailboats and bad sunsets. Well, that took care of that idea.
But last week I got a comment from John. He said he was breaking the stereotype and that he didn’t know anything about fantasy football, but was excited about a new binding foot for his Bernina. I like the idea of having men on my site, so to broaden my narrow view, I decided to try making some potholders for men again.
I pulled out a bunch of fabric that I though said Man. But when I looked at them, Ugh! Boring, Dull and Ugly. What to do?
So I asked Jon (my Jon) . After all, not only is he a man, but he loves to cook. “Bold, strong colors” he said, “not to bright.” “Oh” I said, “you mean boring colors.”
Back in the studio I looked around some more. Under my bottle of water, pretending to be a coaster, was a piece of purple corduroy. That’s It! Corduroy! It’s manly (I think) and it comes in bold, strong colors and isn’t boring because it has texture. It has thick lines and thin lines. They can go up and down or across or even diagonal. And most of the corduroy I have is from men’s pants. (the yellow corduroy is from Jack Metzgers favorite shirt, he’s the artist and antique dealer that was in my first show at the Pig Barn Gallery, Mary Muncil, his wife finally convinced him to give it to me after many years of denying that it wasn’t falling apart)
Above is my first attempt at my new Manly Corduroy Potholers. I don’t know if I’ve got it right, I mean, I kinda like them and I’m not a man. So they might really be unisex potholders, but well, for now lets just say they’re Man Potholders and see what happens. And all you men out there, I’m open to advice.