Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Finally...A Chance to Try My Hairpin Lace Loom!

I purchased this beautiful handmade loom from Stitch Diva Studios a while back, and recently had a little time to try it out.  I had been admiring hairpin lace for a long time, and decided one day that I had better get a loom.  My search ended when I came across this unique loom that Stitch Diva helped to develop.  The first thing that grabbed my attention, was that it was handmade in Oregon!  Since I am from Oregon, I love the idea of supporting a local craftsperson.  I also thought it was wonderful that Jenkins Woodworking, is a husband and wife team.  Everything about this just seemed right!  

Since I didn't know exactly what kind of projects I would be making with the loom, I liked the fact that this loom has a wide range of adjustments.  The prong spacing can be configured from 1/2" to 6 1/8", and you can also use US #2/ 2.75mm knitting needles as additional guides if needed.

Ed Jenkins makes each loom as it is ordered.  Somehow that made me feel special!  When I received it, there was a lovely handwritten note with it that said "May the work of your hands bring joy".  I will remember that every time I use the loom, and I hope that some beautiful projects will be made on it!

When I sat down to try making hairpin lace for the first time, I referred to tutorials on Stitch Diva's website as well as a video by Teresa Richardson, who explains it so well!  It is fairly easy, I just wish you didn't have to turn the loom every time you make a stitch.  It feels a little awkward at first, but don't let that deter you.  Once you get the hang of it, it goes quite quickly!

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