Hairpin Lace Part 3 of 4 - Joining the Strips

Finally, step 3... joining the strips. It is now time for your project to take shape. There are some people that wait until they have finished all their strips before they start joining them. Not me... that whole immediate gratification thing I've got going. I need to feel a sense of accomplishment, and I'm not above rejoicing with baby steps! Joining the strips is as easy as 1, 2, 3... quite literally. I LOVE this part!!! The last part of the tutorial, Finishing Your Project and Project Ideas, should be finished by the end of the week. Watch for it.  

1] Working from the left side of your project, lay 2 completed strips side by side. Unroll just enough of the the strips so you can work with them, being very careful not to twist the strips.

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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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