Thursday, May 17, 2018

How to Make a Potholder Or Hot Pad

An article on becoming good at basic hand woven pot holder creation. Includes videos showing how to get accustomed to a basic potholder loom kit, potholder loops and lace edged variations, and other pot holder loom details:

 By Linda Augsburg

I love potholders. I do a lot of cooking, so I have a lot of hot pads in my kitchen. But I also like a coordinated kitchen, so having the ability to make a potholder to match my decor is appealing. And when I give kitchen-oriented bridal shower gifts, I like to make a potholder or two to match the couple's kitchen decor. I've learned to stop myself from making big wedding gifts, but making a pot holder doesn't take a lot of time and you can always use an extra potholder!

When I was a child, we made potholders often - the woven kind. I don't remember using a crochet hook when I made them, but it's a useful tool for weaving through more easily and finishing off the edges. If you haven't tried making woven pot holders yourself or with your kids, give it a shot.

Now, if you'd like to learn to sew a potholder, use some good basic sewing and quilting techniques, such as fussy cutting a motif in a print fabric, quilting, binding, and more.

The key to the success of sewn potholders, in my opinion, is the heat-resistant Insul-Bright Insulating Materials - it's a must for pot holders safety. Not one to dictate brands to our readers, Beacon has some heat-resistant materials as well, both quilted and unquilted. Your local fabric store should be able to help you find something that will work for you.

Sometimes, it's useful to have potholder-like pad to put under casserole dishes or platters to protect your table when you're entertaining. If you often cook and serve using a 9″ x 13″ dish or serve on a certain platter, it might be useful to create a hot pad for under the dish. You could even make it using different prints for each side if you wanted to - one that matches your kitchen or dining room and the other a holiday print. Here's how:

1. Use your platter or dish as a pattern, trace the shape on the wrong side of one piece of fabric. Cut out that piece of fabric and use it as a pattern to cut the other piece of fabric.

2. Use the fabric as a pattern to cut two layers of the heat-resistant material.

3. Layer the fabrics and heat-resistant material. The heat-resistant surface of the heat-resistant material should face the wrong side of the fabric and the right sides of the fabric should be facing out.

4. Keeping the raw edges even, quilt the layers to stabilize them. This does not have to be elaborate quilting - just a simple X or some horizontal or vertical lines will do.

5. Bind the edges. If the edges are rounded, you'll want to use bias tape or binding which you can purchase, or you can make your own bias tape. If the edges are straight and you have 90-degree corner angles, you can use either bias tape or straight-of-grain strips to bind the edges.

And there you have it, a finished potholder that is perfect for protecting your table as well.

Linda Augsburg is an Editor for - a popular online resource for all things crafting, from free knitting patterns and free crochet patterns to Christmas crafts and crafting with kids.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Crowdvouching and Currency Lending Emerge

Bitcoin Press Release: Crowdvouching and currency lending platform, Suretly announces ICO in July 2017 following a successful pre-ICO round as it prepares to disrupt the P2P lending market.

June 7, 2017, New York, United States – Suretly is a unique crowdvouching platform that offers an alternative to conventional P2P lending practice. The crowdvouching model followed by Suretly works in conjunction with microfinancing organizations where investors can vouch for a borrower by offering assurance to repay a portion of the loan amount in case of default. In return for their guarantee, they will receive compensation based on the borrower’s credit rating.

Suretly’s model differs from conventional P2P lending, which requires investors to co-sign for a certain portion of the loan. In this model, a borrower is forced to get many backers to co-sign for the entire amount before they can avail the funds. Suretly mainly targets short-term loans and the platform is already dubbed as the “Tinder for Microloans.”

Suretly’s crowdfunding campaign is set for July 2017 launch, and it will be managed by the platform’s Singapore fund. During the ICO, cryptocurrency community members and investors can purchase SUR tokens and contribute towards the fund. The ICO follows a highly successful Pre-ICO round that raised over $350,000 in less than 48 hours.

The Suretly platform is designed to enable everyone, irrespective of their credit rating to acquire short-term loans when in need. It is also the first crowdvouching platform that allows people to buy and sell micro “suretyships” — agreements that involve a promise by one party to assume responsibility for the debt obligation of a borrower.

The loans are issued by microfinance organizations chosen by the borrower, provided that they attract a sufficient amount of sureties to cover the full loan. Investors on Suretly (vouchers) don’t lend any of their own money to anyone on the platform, and they don’t have to purchase securities either. They merely act as one of the numerous other co-signers, who stand guarantee to pay a small percentage of the borrower’s debt, in the event of a default. Even in such a scenario, the debt owed by co-signers will be relatively insignificant as the loan will be spread out over dozens of different individuals. Meanwhile, the participants continue to receive compensation based on the borrower’s credit rating.

Suretly is currently testing its crowdvouching technology for short-term loans, usually only up to 30 days. This increases profitability for investors, but as a result, they also assume a higher level of risk. As a guarantee for future repayment, Suretly will use not only fiat money but also SUR cryptotokens. The company has already set up its operations in Russia and has plans to enter the US market in Q4 2017.


Suretly is planning to raise between $1.5 – $8 million USD in the next round of financing by selling 15% of its existing shares. Funds raised through the crowdsale will be used to accelerate integration into new markets and countries, spearheaded by a new, soon to be set up legal entity in Singapore. The business in Singapore will also act as an official shareholder and crowdfund initiator. The SUR tokens are created over ETH blockchain for the purpose of crowdsale.

The platform has already assigned an initial rate of 1 ETH = 10 SUR for the crowdsale. Suretly has attractive discounts for the early participants of the crowdsale. During the first hour of the ICO, participants will receive 17 SUR tokens per ETH (70% bonus). Soon after, the number of tokens per ETH will reduce to 15 SUR. As the crowdsale progresses, the number of tokens will reduce daily following a linear progression until it reaches 10 SUR per ETH.

Suretly will stop the token creation process once an equivalent of $8 million is raised or after the ICO expiration date. Upon meeting the fundraising targets successfully, the platform will issue an additional 10 percent of tokens to the option pool for rewarding current and future employees, which will be locked for a 12-month period during which it can’t be sold. The platform also plans to issue a 2 percent bounty in the coming days. The total number of tokens created by the platform will be limited to the ones created by the end its ICO campaign. No new tokens will be created after that.

About Suretly

Suretly is an international financial platform that offers users an investment alternative called crowdvouching. Participants in the platform can earn compensation by vouching for people who are in need of instant loans.

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How to Make a Potholder Or Hot Pad

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