Hair Pin Lace Tool
What is it?
If you’re looking for something old that is really new again in the world of crochet then hairpin lace is just the ticket. Historically called “fork work” or more recently “hairpin crochet”, this is one of those truly unique art forms that comes and goes as each new generation of artists discover it… again. Each of these new generations, however, contribute new and more creative technique. Though credit for the creation of this technique is generally ascribed to Katherine of Aragon it was certainly very popular in Victorian times. For those who are into crochet and want fast results, hairpin lace crochet is the perfect technique. The variety and creativity enabled by the loom belies the ease and speed with which they are accomplished. Using Clover’s Hairpin Lace Loom and a crochet hook appropriate to the size yarn being used we can create strips of lace that will later be joined together in any number of ways producing various textures and patterns. How many? Well, that’s up to you but considering all of the different weights and textures of modern yarns available combined with your own personal creative index and it’s pretty much unlimited.
What does it do?
Hairpin lace is a technique using a crochet hook and a special loom. Originally a metal U-shaped hairpin may have been used from which the hairpin lace name probably originates. Clover’s modern loom, however, consists of two parallel metal rods held at the top and bottom by removable connecting bridges. These parallel bridges also allow us to easily and precisely adjust the width of our lace to create the desired pattern. The hairpin lace technique is to crochet around these two vertical rods which are set a specific distance apart by the connecting bridges. Set the width according to the pattern instructions or by your own creative whim. As you rotate the loom to add loops you crochet them together in the center. The result is lace strips of a specific creative design that are subsequently joined together to form our finished project. The dramatic appearance of hairpin lace is unique and easy to identify.
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