I've been playing with a Harrisville potholder loom that I got at a garage sale, and it came with a large number of loops to use with it.  The loops were an older style that are all quite nice, and since then I have purchased some Harrisville loops to supplement the supply.

I am finding that the Harrisville loops have a good selection of colors, but the knit of the loops is not as fine as the older loops in my stash.  Quite frankly, the older style loops have a better feel, but not as good of a color choice (with one exception... a wonderful powder blue).

Does anyone have any ideas for sources of these loops?  I have heard of people making loop from old knits (T-shirts), but I have other needs for those, and it seems a bit time consuming...



djfiberarts (not verified)

I think you can get them at A.C. Moore, in store or online


weaversouth (not verified)

Watch out for the nylon stuff.  When you take it off, it tend to curl up like a dead spider and it is totally useless as an actual potholder, since it conducts the heat and/or melts on contact.

I had so many disappointed little weavers before I banished the whole business from our summer programme that I wanted to strangle whoever thought those up...with some of their own nasty little loops~

I like to use wool loops.  Very "heat-blocking."

Nancy C.

kbird (not verified)

Nancy -

I too avoid the nylon loops, but I found a bunch of them in the second-hand stash I had acquired.  I don't want to use them mixed with my other better quality materials at all.

I tried some wool loops for the first time from Harrisville and I really loved them!  However, apparently Harrisville isn't going to carry them any more??  My husband got a package of them for me for Christmas, but apparently they had to go hunting in the warehouse to find them??

They do seem to be quite a bit more expensive than the cotton ones though...

AndyL (not verified)

 I've been trying to find the cotton loopers for a long time with no luck.  I'm about to start going to the area Goodwill  and Salvation Army stores to see if they'll give me or sell me at a reduced rate any tube socks that they get they don't consider sellable.  If I'm successful, I'll cut them up myself.  

That's a lot of effort, but I really like making rugs with them.  I'll post again if I have any success.

claudia (not verified)


I was unable to copy the link because I am not at home on my regular computer but you can definitely find 100% cotton loopers at Cotton Clouds. I'll send you the link in a day or two when I am back home.  I would think cutting the socks would also work.

You can click on their ad here on Weavolution on the top of the left side of the page.


Cheryl (not verified)

I've tried cut up men's tube socks. You get a really thick potholder, but I found it sheds lint like crazy for a while. Has anyone had better luck with cut-up socks?

I find the potholder made from socks to be too thick and stiff for my tastes. I actually prefer the ones made from the nylon loops. I found that the loops for sale recently at Michael's are better than the ones I could get several years ago. They don't curl up as much. They will melt if you use them on very hot pans or touch a hot burner. I don't use them for broiling or for times when I will need to hold the pan for a long time. A pair of them is perfect for pulling items out of the microwave, since they are small and light.