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what is hairpin lace

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You need a special tool. Back in the day it was done in tiny scale with thread and real U-shaped hair pins, nowadays the adjustable pins can be placed several inches apart. You can see the tool in the 4th pic top row of the pics linked above.

 

You don't see that many patterns for it, I'm not sure how popular it is any more. Kind of a niche technique.

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Lace that was made along time ago using a hairpin as a loom. Nowadays they sell a very big one to use with yarn, and it is adjustable for width.

I am lucky enough to own one that is shaped just like the U of an old fashioned hairpin to use with thread and make lace. It is about 4" long, and not quite 1" wide, but it isn't adjustable, so can't use yarn unless it is lace-weight.

Yarn/thread is carried around the two legs by turning the loom and crocheted in the center of the legs. As you work the piece is slid down and off of the loom. Once the desired length is reached, the loops that were created are crocheted togther in a predetermined design. You can make circular, square and rectangle pieces in this manner as well as other shapes once you have enough experience with it.

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