This Course will next run with Purlescence in November 2013
When the technique of Hairpin Crochet was developed is uncertain – however in a publication dated 1890 it is referred to as ‘Old Fashioned Hairpin Lace’ so it was regarded as having a history even then! Today it is experiencing something of a comeback as designers such as Jennifer Hansen of StitchDiva incorporate it into their designs, creating beautiful open lace work and very wearable garments.
Also called Staple or Fork Work, Hairpin lace was originally worked in very fine yarns on a lady’s literal hairpin. The technique produces long strips of crochet which can be used to form edgings or joined together in a variety of ways to produce different types and textures of fabric.
Today’s modern hairpin looms give you multiple options for sizing your lace, and the resulting strips can be combined with crochet and knitting techniques to give a variety of beautiful finishes from afghans to collar trim in ribbon yarn!
This half day workshop will give you a solid grounding in the basics of Hairpin Lace in a fun and informal environment.
We’ll be covering..
- Getting started – what is this strange tool and what do I do with it?
- The Basic Stitch
- Methods of Joining
- Working Hairpin with Crochet
- Working Hairpin with Knitting
We will be working on a variety of beautiful Hairpin lace techniques during the session, which you will be able to take away to show off your new skills.
We will also look at some of the variety you can gain from this lovely technique.
You will need:
- to be comfortable in the basics of crochet – holding the hook & yarn, chain, Single Crochet, Double Crochet (American terminology)
- a crochet hook of type and size of your choosing (we recommend a 4 – 5mm, but don’t worry if you don’t have one – I’ll have spares)
- a pencil/pen and notepad
- You will be provided with your Hairpin Lace Loom and yarn
If you have any questions or want any advice, please feel free to contact us.
The workshop is being taught by Honey-Lee,an experienced crocheter for over 30 years who believes there is more to crochet than coasters! The Workshop is on Saturday 2nd November 2013 between 10am and 12.30pm at Purlescence HQ in Wantage, Oxfordshire. We’ll provide refreshments, including lunch and home made cakes, and all attendees will get 10% off any purchases from Purlescence on the day.