Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday School

I had to make some hairpin crochet strips this week for the class that I'm taking.  I had heard of hairpin crochet (otherwise known as hairpin lace), but I never had done it before.  I read the instructions on the back of the loom, which didn't make any sense to me.  I then read some instructions in a book... and I still couldn't figure out what to do.  It took watching 2 YouTube videos to finally figure it out.  Sometimes you just need to SEE someone do it before it all makes sense.

These are the strips that I made.  I had to do a different spine (center) for each one.  Yeah, they all look pretty much the same to me too... LOL!!!

I have 5 more strips to make, including a hairpin fringe (!!!) which I'm going to make out of my fave size 3 crochet cotton, as a trial run to some fun hand towel edgings I want to make.

If you're inspired to try some hairpin crochet, I highly recommend these videos:
Hairpin Lace Demonstration (super awesome tute!)

Stacey Trock at Fresh Stitches did a podcast recently on Hairpin Lace.  I thought it was really interesting... Go HERE to check it out.

I also really enjoyed this article from WEBS about keeping hairpin lace strips neat. It also had links to some fun projects!  

Uh, this is my version, not Kendra's.  The text below is kinda misleading...

On to an entirely different subject now!  Ever since I got that first photo of Kendra Harris' Tardis bag, I have been shocked at how much Doctor Who crochet is out there... Here's a sample of all the cool stuff I've found:

Dalek Amigurumi (found via Nyan!)
Bigger On The Inside (a Tardis scarf!)
Tardis Headwarmer (would make an awesome gift! It's a pic for a sold Etsy item by chibitoaster, but I think it's worth checking out for the inspiration)
Crochet Cabana has a treasure trove of Whovian love... Filet crochet, scarves, and a mini-Tardis blanket that would make a rockin' baby shower gift...

Now I'm off for the day!  I'm going to enjoy a lazy Sunday at home, and then going out with the fam for my brother-in-law's birthday.  (Happy Birthday Doob!)  Hope your day fun too! 



  1. I've never tried hairpin lace before. Looks interesting.

    1. Hi Charlotte! It was really fun, once I got the hang of it. There's a rhythm to it: make a stitch, drop the hook to the other side, turn the loom, bring the yarn around, make a stitch, drop the hook to the other side... I'm excited to try an actual project with it, and not just swatch strips.
      xo Jaime

  2. Your hairpin lace looks so nice! I have never done it before either! I guess I just never found a pattern I liked enough to bother with it, but of course, I'll be checking out your links here and I'm sure I'll end up adding to my already-too-long list of things I'd like to make! LOL. I am so envious of you for taking these courses. I checked it out but it is just not in the budget for me at this time. But you are keeping me inspired so maybe someday. Have a wonderful time celebrating your brother-in-law's birthday! <3

    1. I completely agree with you about the hairpin lace patterns. Same with broomstick lace, which is on my agenda for next week. The macrame-esque style is not appealing to my personal design aesthetic (trying so hard not to offend anyone, but ugh, it's not my cup of tea!). I will have to try to make something pretty with it. That's a design challenge all of its own!
      xo Jaime

  3. Dr. Who crochet. I can now die, as I have heard everything.

  4. Crochet is such a fun activity. Has anyone here done it very much? I enjoy it a lot.
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