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):

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Here are two others you can find at http://www.mielkesfarm.com/crocheting_tools.htm

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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:

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http://flirtationsknitwear.blogspot.com/2008/11/allure-of-hairpin-lace.html

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:

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http://www.ehow.com/how_4468904_make-hairpin-lace-loom.html


By jd wolfe




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  1. Cheryl on May 28, 2009 3:27 pm

    Ha Ha I also have a couple of these that I bought but have never used. The directions were too vague but the other day I was watching TV and since everything is going Digital I bought converter box and now I get a channel called CREATE and one of the shows is Knit and Crochet Today they explain so well so I’ll have to try it now. But I am happy to be able to tell Dear Hubby that I’m not the only one who buys tools that never get used. :)

  2. Jeanette Egan on May 28, 2009 10:30 pm

    Of all the hairpin lace tools I bought and tried, and failed, the only one I was able to work, and actually enjoy working with is my Jenkins Hairpin Lace. A bit spendy, for some, but for some reason everything seems better, and one frame that I actually use and enjoy. I’ve heard others talk, and of all the ones who tried various Hairpin lace frames, they all failed, until they tried Jenkins. Also, Stitch Diva has a wonderful tutorial on Hairpin lace. I do not work for any of these compaines, I just know what I like.

    The Clover HP Lace frame is a bit awkard to use, the way they have the big end things. I tried Bates to no sucess.

    One can make flowers on a regular hairpin lace frame, you can use two prongs, or more. For the Jenkins frame, I bought an extra prong, not for flowers, but for center stitch.

  3. Lolly Kruczek on November 20, 2013 6:35 am

    I just want to buy an adjustable lace loom and a book to learn how to do it. I’m getting a thousand places with no information. Just buy now. I need a telephone number to talk to someone. I would like to purchase these items. It’s too difficult to find.

    Lolly Kruczek

  4. jd wolfe on November 20, 2013 12:31 pm

    Lolly,
    I think you can get some answers from a weaving shop rather than a yarn shop. Here is my favorite one:
    Weaving Department (ask for Nancy and tell her Joni from Crochet Club recommended you call her)
    180 Dunn Rd Ste 3 · Florissant
    (314) 921-7800
    and another one – I know no one personally there.
    Hillcreek Yarns 7001 S Hill Creek Rd, Columbia · (573) 874-2233
    jd

  5. Cassandra Smith on May 1, 2014 5:58 am

    Ok speak my mind. I know how to do the hairpin lace with two side bars but I was looking for a book of instructions for the Clover 3 pin loom. Would like patterns for 3 pin loom. If there is a book that I can purchase. I would like a book of instructions if at all possible. Could someone help me get the book for this 3 prong loom?

  6. jd wolfe on May 1, 2014 9:05 pm

    Cassandra,
    I’m not familiar with a way to do hairpin lace with a 3 pin loom. Maybe some reader can help you. Otherwise, it might help to contact Clover to see if they can help. Good luck!
    jd

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