Yesterday endeup up being rainy and windy so instead of yard sale-ing, I practiced making hairpin lace. Instead of using a 'staple', an adjustable loom was used. That turned out to help a lot. The adjustable loom is lighter and the flat bottom makes it easier for me to handle. I could hold it against my body while making the loops, which gave the stability I needed to improve my tension. Here are the fruits of my labors:
Both patterns came from the archives of Georgia Seitz's Online Tatting Class. The little doily was designed by Saundra Hameed and done in size 10 Cebelia. Yes, I missed a loop, but you all don't see that. The little bitty angel is from Martha Ess. She was also made with Cebelia, size 30 this time.
Searching the internet for more hairpin lace information led me to StitchDiva.com. This site has some gorgeous needlework patterns in the latest fashions. There are some excellent hairpin lace tutorials on the site. They show start-to-finish how to put together a loom, making the strips, and how to join them. I found it to be strange that I could only find said tutorials using Google with the keywords "hairpin", "lace", and "tutorial". I didn't find a link anywhere on the site itself. Strange, but then again, maybe I needed to register to see them.
Today I will finish the not-so-pretty 1970s colored teapot set and take it to its new home. I'm leery to see the 2009 version of a 1970s kitchen it will be residing in. Brown, gold, avocado green, and burnt orange. Some things do not need to resurrected for nostalgia's sake! I'm already having flashbacks to being seven years old again.