Pothies History

Pothies originated in Greece over 60 years ago. The name Pothies comes from the Greek for feet – Pothi. Pothies is like saying ‘foots’ in English it’s purely a Grenglish word.

They were created by Judith Whitard, from Cumbria who fell in love with a Greek man, and made him a pair for his birthday. They lived in Greece for a long time, Judith befriended the Gypsy Folk and learned their ways of animal rearing, sheep shearing, spinning and dyeing wool and making clothes.

Judith grew her craft and her Pothy making business, everyone wanted them, word of mouth took Pothies to every corner of the globe where they continue to be loved by everyone. Eventually a little cottage industry was born, it sustained families, where the makers could remain at home, look after their children and make Pothies to bring in a little extra income.

Now in her 70s and back in Cumbria, Judith prefers to write books than make Pothies.

 

My Journey with Pothies.

Oh my goodness I remember that day that I first clapped eyes on those amazing red and pink Pothies. I knew that they were going to be something that I loved from that moment onwards. Little did I know that Pothy making would become my passion, my bliss and my work. In picking up my hook, I continue the craft in much the same way, bringing my affinity with crochet, passion for colour, and exceptionally high standards to world of pothy making.

I am one of life’s makers. I love to create, to take tiny little seed like beginnings, nurture them and lend my creativity where it’s needed; to find the way for growth and life to happen.

I like to think of life’s journey as a giant mixing bowl, into which go the essences of my experiences, I just continue to add the magical ingredients and stir a little. What results is the combination, the mixture, the alchemy of those experiences.  My aim in life; to cultivate eccentricity. To walk my path with feet cosy and covered in Pothies, sometimes to forge forward in a pair of Wonder Woman Boots and sometimes to sit back and chill in the fluffiest pinkest pair I can find!

 

Why I’m passionate about Pothies.

There is an honesty to Pothy making. It is a solid craft, it keeps me grounded and I am so proud to be making them, to order for you. I hope that they allow you to drop the busy-ness of life, even if just for an instant whilst putting them on. I hope that they remind you to bounce a little more, to relax a little more, to love a little more, to smile a whole lot more, for every stitch contains sentiments of all of those things… and more. They come from way back when, in rural Greece to accompany you right now, from Rural Wales

Pothies illuminate the simplicity and goodness in life whilst bringing colour and imagination to my everyday. Quite simply, I love them, thank you for loving them too.

Warmly,

Belinda.

 

Where next?

If you’d like to see more photos of Pothies and the styles I make, head over to the ‘create your own‘ section. There are plenty of photos there.

Or you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook and join the Pothies Community, we’re a lovely bunch.

You can also ready a little more about me and my lifestyle over here.