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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:

Hairpin lace loom

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:

Hairpin lace

Here is a closer look at the strip:

Hairpin lace close up

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!


  1. Very cool, I'd never heard of Hairpin Lace! I also have never heard of ribbon yarn, so I'll have to try and get myself some as it's lovely!

    And the feather in your hair is awesome!!

  2. Love the feather in your hair! Your hairpin lace is looking very pretty too :)

  3. Yay hairpin lace! I need to get a loom so I can make something out of that crazy orange ribbon lace I got at MS&W. I was thinking the same as you - make a few strips and make something based off the only free scarf on Ravelry. I don't have enough for the full scarf though.

  4. Also I love your feather! It looks great in your hair. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't work very well with my hair. It'd just make it look even more like a nest at the end of the day. XD

  5. The ribbon really does look cool. I've thought about hairpin lace before, but so many of the projects involve having to join all the strips you make. Not my cup of tea.

    I love the feather!

  6. I've heard of hairpin lace but I have no idea what I'd do with it. I love the feather! My very fashion forward friend bought one that clips in. I can't wait until my hair grows in a little more to be able to hide the clip and get one for my self.

  7. I love the feather, it's well cool! And that Hairpin Lace looks quite hard, but looks really good :D x

  8. So that's what the "Get your Hair Feathering for Graduation" local hair salon meant. I wondered. It does look cool.

  9. Love the hairpin lace - and the colour of the yarn is very stunning. Feathers in the hair - hmmm, must try that for the office.

  10. I'm sure I have one of those hairpin gadget-thingies somewhere - must have a look for it as your idea with the ribbon looks great : )

  11. I'd never heard of hairpin lace before. I'd love to see what the fabric looks like when it's off the pins.

  12. I need to get back on working on it again... I'll make something hopefully within the next couple of weeks and post it. It's weird, but once you get used to it, it's pretty easy.