A recent discussion on another site got me to thinking how crochet tools have changed over time. Hooks, themselves, have changed very little. You either have a ‘traditional’ hook or an in-line hook with handle variations. But, other crochet tools have evolved more, taking advantage of advances in engineering and materials.
I’ve never actually even attempted, much less mastered, hairpin lace although I own three different hairpin lace tools. I actually purchased this one made by Clover (notice the unopened package ;-0):
Here are two others you can find at http://www.mielkesfarm.com/crocheting_tools.htm
The first of these is a simple tool, pretty much unchanged over time. The blue one is specifically for making flowers, but can also be used for more traditional hairpin projects.
There are several other hairpin lace loom designs I’ve seen. One is a big U-shaped metal tube. Despite the variation in designs of the looms, they all create the same lovely hairpin lace. Here’s an example so you can see what it’s supposed to look like:
If you don’t have a hairpin lace loom or access to a store to buy one, see if you can make your own using these instructions: