I had decided to make a potholder for a friend on Ravelry. She makes such beautiful ones that look almost like doilies, so thought I should try my hand at the same.
First, I found one of my doily books and quickly learned that you cannot translate a thread doily in it's whole into a doily made of kitchen cotton....grrrrrrrrr. What you get instead is the first 3 or 4 rows....so keep that in mind. You also might want to make a choice of a pattern that isn't suppose to look delicate.
The mistake number two.....don't make it huge. It then becomes a hot pad instead of a pot holder. :o)
Mistake number three....if it is going to end up a potholder, don't put a flower in the middle where it can't sit flat. Another grrrrrrr moment.
However, all in all, it was a learning experience and I think the pad is usable and kind of pretty. I will be sure to try my hand at this again with the above thoughts in mind.