Hairpin Lace Part 2 of 4 - Crocheting the Strips


I have finally finished the tutorial for Part 2, Crocheting the Strips, and all I have to say is "Holy Schnikes"! I swear the project itself is extremely easy, but writing the tutorial was a tad bit overwhelming! There are almost 40 photos! I try to be detail minded when I write tutorials so our beginning crafters and our global friends that can't read English can tackle our projects. So, for those of you that have been waiting, it's finally good to go! There are 2 more parts to the tutorial. Part 3 focuses on joining the strips, and Part 4 shares how to finish your project. I'll get those up sometime in the next week. 

So, whether you are ready to learn how to crochet the strips, or just want to marvel at the colossal size of this tutorial, Part 2 of the Hairpin Lace Tutorial is available HERE or with our FREE patterns.   

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A Few Days Break

For those of you waiting on pins and needles for the rest of the hairpin lace tutorial, SORRY! It is much more time consuming than I anticipated... although coming along well... but family obligations call so I'll be unavailable to work on it for the next few days. I will finish it and have it up next week. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!Read more

Hairpin Lace Part 1 of 4 - The Loom


Before you begin any hairpin lace project, you needle the hairpin lace needles, more appropriatiately called the Hairpin Lace Loom. You can either make your own, or purchase one. My mother first learned on a homemade loom my father made for her. I've always used the "store bought" version. Both will get the job done.

If you decide to purchase a loom, you can usually find them in the large craft stores or order them on line.

The stores in our area did not sell them so I ordered them through Amazon. These looms are adjustable. There are 4 parts to them; the 2 metal needles and the 2 cross bars.

The cross bars have mulitple holes in them allowing you to create lace strips 1 1/2" to 4" wide.

For the afghan I am making I have the loom set at 4". If you want a denser afghan, you simple move the needles to the holes that give you the desired width.
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Hairpin Lace


When my mother was a young woman sitting around her Uncle Henry's kitchen table, he taught her how to make hairpin lace. Every time I think of my great uncle, with his short, stubby aging fingers, handling a crochet hook, and patiently teaching his young protege, I smile. I would love to know how he learned, but alas, I never will. But even now, I love being able to trace this technique back to Uncle Henry, and have a true sense of the creative legacy we can impart on younger generations.

It has been a quarter century since my mom or I have used hairpin lace to make anything. Recently she decided to make each of her grandchildren afghans. While trying to decide on a pattern to use, I remembered this all but forgotten technique. My mom use to use 2 long knitting needles, pushed through 2 spacers my father had cut for her. We could not find these anywhere, so I purchased her a new set. And just because I was so excited to rediscover this technique, I got a set of hairpin lace needles (sometimes called a hairpin lace loom) for Michelle and myself. The pictures above are the start...Read more

Gnome House Crocheted Rag Rug


We are still very busy crafting Valentines Day decorations for the gnome house. Thought a festive rug or two would be a nice touch. Whenever I make my Rip and Tear Napkins, I always have a long, narrow strip of fabric left. One of the great ways to make use of this fabric, is to rip it into 1/2" strips and crochet with it like you would yarn. (Hint: Prewashing the material removes the sizing and makes it easier to work with.)   

To join the strips into one continuous piece, simply overlap the ends and sew together. You do not need to be neat. You'll never see it once you start crocheting.

This is so easy. To make a rug 5 1/2" x 5 1/2":

Using a crochet hook size US I, loosely chain 14.

Rows: Turn and chain 2. Double crochet into 3rd stitch and ever remaining stitch.

Repeat until 5 1/2".

Dah Tah... you are done. When crocheting, it doesn't matter whether the right or wrong side of the fabric...Read more

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