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Clare
True Blue Farmgirl

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NC WA State
USA
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Posted - Jul 24 2005 :  2:19:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone remember this technique for crocheting? I made one afghan in the 70's with this method, and I know my mom made several. I still have my original "adjustable crochet fork", and picked up another with an instruction booklet at a yard sale yesterday for 25cents. Maybe it's time to revive this! The picture of the model on the front shows her wearing bellbottom pants and gogo boots, so I'm thinking this must've started in the mid-late 60's.

Anyone have hairpin lace crocheted items still hanging around?


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Edited by - Clare on Jul 24 2005 2:19:53 PM

Aunt Jenny
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jenny
middle of Utah
USA
11381 Posts

Posted - Jul 24 2005 :  4:14:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember my grandma doing this. She also did what she called "broomstick" lace..where she actually crocheted strips over a broomstick ...wish I would have paid more attention. It made a pretty twisted effect ..I havn't seen any of that in years either. I wish I had one of those afghans still...sigh

Jenny in Utah
The best things in life arn't things!
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thehouseminder
True Blue Farmgirl

361 Posts

L
Omaha NE
USA
361 Posts

Posted - Jul 25 2005 :  11:49:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember Mom teaching me how to do this in the 70's when I was 10 or so. I too still have the little "U" shaped thingy but I can't remember how to do it either!

Surely there is a vintage book floating around somewhere just waiting for one of us to find it and solve this mystery!

Lucinda

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countrymamma
True Blue Farmgirl

78 Posts


Rural Manitoba
Canada
78 Posts

Posted - Jul 25 2005 :  1:34:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.craftown.com/crochet/edge3.htm

http://www.bellaonline.org/articles/art5290.asp

http://www.crochettreasures.com/hairpin.htm

I did a search and I found these. There are more, however I don't have time to link to them. I love the first one, very pretty.

I don't remember my mom doing this although she did do tatting.

~Carol
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cecelia
True Blue Farmgirl

497 Posts

cecelia
new york
USA
497 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2005 :  07:56:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I never heard of this, however I had a great Aunt who made shawls by using curtains. I was very little at the time we visited her, and that was only one time. I'm not sure what kind of material it was, although some time later I did manage to make one for myself. I remember buying a material which was very "open", like a curtain, with vertical & horizontal "webbing". You simply measured your yarn and wove it in & out the material, lengthwise, tied off the ends to make a fringe, and voila! instant shawl. You could vary you yarn using different colors, I used one color. Unfortunately I don't still have that shawl, used it for many years.

Cecelia

ce's farm

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Kathigene
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Kathy
New York
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Posted - Aug 03 2005 :  3:46:17 PM  Show Profile  Send Kathigene an AOL message  Send Kathigene a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, I'm actually doing some organizing today in the heat and humidity and I was paging through one of my many many magazines and I found a lengthy article about Broomstick Lace: It's in the Summer 2005 issue of Crochet Fantasy and my copy says to display until September 1,2005 so it should still be out there. It has patterns for 7 dishcloths/washcloths and a cardigan sweater, doily and a hat. Looks like there are quite a few good pictures. There is also a web site www.crochetfantasy.com

Kathy in New York


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Eileen
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1199 Posts

Eileen

USA
1199 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2005 :  1:08:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a baby blanket that my mother in law did in hairpin lace for our oldest son. I have it in the ceder chest waiting for his first child. Maybe someday it will be used again. It is a really fine baby wool and in pastel shades of the rainbow. I think the difference between broomstick lace and hairpin lace is that the hairpin lace is formed in the center of the two legs of the tool so it has a loop on either side of the crochet. In broomstick lace it is formed up the side of the broom stick so has only a loop on one side of the lace until you remove it from the broom stick and twist it if you like.
Eileen

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AnnieT
True Blue Farmgirl

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Annie

287 Posts

Posted - Aug 31 2005 :  08:41:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oooh! I've done hairpin lace! I made my little brother a whole afghan of hairpin lace.
A preliminary websearch revealed these instructions:
http://www.wrights.com/class/needlework/hairpinlace/hairpinlace.htm
http://www.crochettreasures.com/hairpin.htm

and some fancier stuff:
http://www.craftown.com/crochet/edge3.htm

I will only do little projects from now on. It took every ounce of perserverence, and lots of encouragement from the husband (then boyfriend) to finish it. It's not hard, just very time consuming.

Annie
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shepherdess
True Blue Farmgirl

359 Posts

Robin
Eatonville Washington
USA
359 Posts

Posted - Aug 31 2005 :  10:12:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My grandmother did beautiful Hairpin Lace. I have pillow cases that she put lace on and I cherish them.
I still have her REAL hairpin with lace started on it. She did beautiful work.

Farm Girl from Western Washington
" From sheep to handspun "
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Eileen
True Blue Farmgirl

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Eileen

USA
1199 Posts

Posted - Aug 31 2005 :  10:41:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This reminded me that some of the beautiful doilies I have that were made my my husbands grandmother are hairpin lace! They are georgeous.
Eileen

songbird; singing joy to the earth
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