How to Make Hairpin Lace
When I was a kid in Kansas, I learned how to crochet hairpin lace from my grandma. Though my mother discouraged such pursuits, the kindly next door neighbor man, who was a welder by trade, made me a hairpin lace loom from a welding rod, which was sturdier than the store-bought one I had. (Terminology--this is also called a hairpin lace fork--same thing.)
Through the years, I've experimented with the potential of this crochet technique, so I thought I'd show you some of my research. I'm not going to burn through space with a tutorial on crocheting the hairpin lace, because there are some good videos on the internet showing this. One is here, another here, and yet another here.
Once I discovered the potential of making a nice trim from the hairpin lace, I had a machine shop make me large looms--I have several, 30" long, and different widths, from 6" all the way to 10". This way I can work very wide ribbon.
Here's my very first hairpin lace loom from all those years ago. The width, measuring outside to outside is 3 3/4" wide, and it's 15 inches long. I've worked a length of the crochet on it, using 7/8" wide grosgrain ribbon.