I recently revisited my to-do list for the International Diploma in Crochet Part 1 that I am doing. This re-visit was partly prompted by the CrochetNow Magazine issue 15 that I recently purchased. (So many inspirational ideas in this issue) . It came with a supplement on Hairpin Lace and had a mini loom as a freebie and some nice patterns too.
I love that summer top, another that’s added to the huge To-Do list I am compiling! The loom is thin plastic and ok for giving hairpin lace a go but very flimsy, luckily I have a nice sturdy loom which then came out to play 😀
For this part of the diploma, I have to submit 5 strips of Hairpin Lace, any width but with different spines and make them all the same length, these are my 5 makes…
The strips of yarn running down the sides are just to keep them neat. I loved making these but my favourite one is the most simple spine, made using just one dc (UK terms) in the centre. I did find it very difficult to measure them keeping to the same length as they are quite stretchy , all with a different number of loops so I couldn’t just count those as a way of measurement. So I simply measured the spine, while still on the loom and went with that. Lets hope thats the right way! Any suggestions, please let me know!
Also I needed to make a hairpin lace strip with an offset spine which then was made into a fringe for a household item. I used two strands of cotton for this one and again love the look.
Would make a lovely trim on a summer bag or top or even the edge of a rug or table runner. You have probably noticed that none of these or my other samples are finished and the ends are not neatly sewn in, this is one of the requirements and not me being lazy! Honest 😉
I still have many more swatches to make including filet crochet which I’ve have never tried, and also Buttons again a first for me.. I am so pleased I decided to take this course, it has certainly opened my eyes to so many ways of crochet and I am sure this is only the tip of the iceberg! I have already learned and passed on many tips to my ladies at the crochet class I teach. So anyway watch this space and I will let you know how these fair with the assessor , fingers crossed I have done them correctly.
Sirdar Snuggly Tiny Tots Yarn Review
Earlier in the month I did a blog post review for Minerva Crafts of a yarn they have available on their site, called Snuggly Tiny Tots. Its a textured yarn in DK weight, with a fine white thread running through it.
I made a little jumper with this yellow and some blue yarn, if your interested, here is the link to the blog post on their site.
I would love to know your thoughts. Till next time , wishing you a very fruitful June filled with Crochet, Crafting, Fun and everything you Love!