Monday, April 03, 2006

Hairpin Lace

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.


Digitalgran said...

Oh, Dale, now you have made me interested to know how to do yet another craft as if I didn't have enough on my plate as it is.
But it is cheaper than an Embellisher.

Helen from Canberra said...

Nothing like a glass of wine and some lovely relaxing music in the background to assist with one's stitching.

Cheers Helen


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