For a long time I've been intrigued by "hairpin lace", but I didn't have a loom and I couldn't figure out just how it was done. Then Crochetroo inspired me with her beautiful hairpin lace projects, and I decided to do some research.
None of the craft stores near me carry hairpin looms, so I purchased a Boye Fork from Knitting-Warhouse.
There are several different tutorials and sets of instructions online. Most of them confused me. The one that I found very simple to follow was the Stitch Diva's video. After a few clumsy stitches, I got the hang of it rather quickly! I found the technique to be very relaxing.
I don't like to be negative, but I hate the Boye Fork. Having only worked with this technique for a few hours, it doesn't seem fair for me to already hate this loom, but it's not at all sturdy and the tension brackets keep slipping. I secured it with rubber bands and was able to do some practise strips, but the flimsiness of the loom was very annoying.
Hubby, seeing that I liked the craft and hated the loom, immediately went online and ordered me the beautiful wooden loom from the Stitch Diva's site!! I'm so excited! The site says it may take a few weeks to arrive, and I don't know how I'll possibly wait that long.
In the meantime, I'll continuing practicing on my rickety Boye loom so that I know what I'm doing when the wooden loom arrives.
The photos above show my first two strips. They don't look very impressive (in fact they look rather messy), but I can imagine some beautiful projects in the future with this technique!