Crochet strawberry potholder by Maria Antonia Ludovici Martinez, San Francisco, California, USA
Potholder made by my grandmother Maria Antonia Ludovici Martinez (1905-1991). Source of design unknown, crocheted of thick thread that feel like cotton, with tight twist, with the thread used for the ring being thinner with a sheen; the rings have a stiff support under them, white, probably a hard plastic. My grandmother used this, and I inherited it after her death--her dishes were the Franciscan Apple pattern, and she had a lot of reds and whites in her kitchen. The strawberries (with their stems and leaves) are crocheted separately and appliqued/stitched onto the two-layers of white backgrounds, the red edging crocheting the two layers of the white backgrounds together. The white "seeds" are white thread crocheted along with the red thread of the strawberries.