Monday, June 27, 2011
"H" is for ... Hairpin Lace!
Hairpin Lace is something that I've only recently tried. I've seen it done on TV shows such as Knitty Gritty and Knit & Crochet Now (although at the time I think it was called Knit & Crochet Today). The talented Jennifer Hansen runs a site called Stitch Diva Studios where she teaches you how to do this different process. From what I've gathered, Hairpin Lace is so named because ladies would take out their hairpins and crochet strips of fabric with them. Essentially, that is what Hairpin Lace is, crocheting strips of fabric with a nifty loom and then connecting your strips. Here is the Hairpin Lace loom that I used - I bought it at AC Moore:
You use a crochet hook along with it. You start out by placing the rods from the loom to the desired width. Before you insert the final one, attach a loose slip knot to it. You then go through a process of wrapping and turning while inserting the crochet hook to create your strip. Stitch Diva Studios has a great tutorial here. Here is mine so far:
Here is a closer look at the strip:
You can use any yarn, but I thought a ribbon yarn would look especially pretty. Funny thing, I wasn't planning a hairpin lace project but thought it would be a cool thing for the letter "H." I am not sure what I am doing with it yet - if I do something with it, I'll probably just make a couple of strips and connect them to make either a shawl or scarf, depending on if I have enough yarn!
The other thing I thought of with the letter "H" was hair, but since I didn't have a whole lot to say on the matter, I thought I would just leave you with a picture of what I think is the coolest thing ever - feathers in your hair!!! Yes, there I was was, waiting my turn to get my hair done and they had feathers that you can put in your hair! Here is mine:
They attach it to your hair with a crimp bead and it stays in as long as you want so long as you are gentle with the brushing! I've washed my hair three times since I've gotten it and it doesn't do anything to it. I plan to keep it for the summer since I'm working at camp at it's FUN!!! For more of ABC week, visit Charlotte!