Monday, April 03, 2006
My mother used to make hairpin duchess sets for everyone - all starched and the most amazing dust catchers. You were always having to take them outside and shake them. Somehow we mysteriously 'lost' them when we moved to Australia. However, I recently talked her into parting with her tools - she is nearly 92 - and thought I would use them myself. Not done a lot but in the meantime I came across these little plastic ones from Clover - I have been reading a bit about hairpin lace lately and saw a hairpin lace skirt! Wonder how it would go starched? Anyway I have been playing with different yarns on this new toy and plan to add some of my efforts to my ATW - you can twist it and turn it of course. Lots of great textural effects. I should imagine that all types of yarn from perle 12 to whatever will work well. Rather different from the duchess sets. My sample here is a pretty boringly plain yarn but don't worry, I have lots of exciting coloured ones to play with.
Haven't had time to stitch my 20 rows of twin needle yet but still a few hours before bedtime. I read in the paper this morning that a glass of red wine a day may not be good for you. I used a big black pen to cross that out. Couldn't find my red pen at the time.