The Heart of Heirloom Treasures Fiber Arts

Welcome to the heart of Heirloom Treasures, the Heirloom Heritage section!

What differentiates my work from other fiber artists is my specialty of combining several of the original Heritage Techniques, described below, in any given project. You can see typical examples of several combinations in the hems and bodies of many of my Christening gowns, as well as in some of my Heirloom Ladies pieces.

I also incorporate continental knitting into my broomstick pieces and love to play with all the possible combinations loops and chains have to offer.

So take a journey through the Heritage Techniques with me and then enjoy their contemporary application offered in my original design creations.

Hairpin and Broomstick Lace

These are the tools used in creating hairpin and broomstick lace. I use hairpins in assorted sizes and prefer the antique metal ones. I also replaced my broomstick with giant knitting needles to get the same effect; however, for teaching purposes I always use the “real” thing in classes and workshops.

More Tools and Techniques

Another nice shot of my favorite tools, with a close-up of a completed hairpin lace wrap. These shots were taken during a Fiber Day demonstration at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville.

Hairpins Anyone?

This photo shows one of the newer hairpins on the market now. the width of the strip is adjustable but the length of the strip is limited before the loops have to be removed – one reason I prefer the older and longer metal hairpins. Photo by Stewart Stokes.

The Origin of Hairpin Lace

loops with a crochet hook that is compatable with the yarn or thread I use.See, I’m using my favorite hairpin!

Hairpin Techniques

This photo shows one of the newer hairpins on the market now. the width of the strip is adjustable but the length of the strip is limited before the loops have to be removed – one reason I prefer the older and longer metal hairpins. Photo by Stewart Stokes.

Appalachian Spring Gossamer Wrap

This is a very fine example of delicate hairpin work. About 900 loops on each side of the hairpin are worked into peacock eyes and individual loops, then crochet together into one delicate gossamer piece. Made from single strand American Super Luster Pearle Cotton, hand wash, dry flat. The wrap measures 72 x 24″ with 6″ fringe on each long end.

Hairpin in the Round

This delicate doilly is made from two hairpin strips. The first strip is completely gathered on one side while the opposite side is trimmed and readied for the second strip to be attached. The connecting cluster trim is repeated around the outer edge.

Antique Daisy mercerized cotton, hand wash, dry flat.The hairpin circle is 11″ in diameter.

Maltese Pool Party Scarf

Hairpin Lace is sometimes called Maltese Crochet, hence the name for this summery confection. I used several strands of American Super Luster Pearle Cotton held together and inserted beads along the way.It is trimmed with picots and features tassels and beads on the ends. Hand wash, dry flat. This scarf is 72″ x 6″ with three 3″ tassels at each end.

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Broomstick Technique

Here is how I hold the broomstick or giant knitting needle to work off the loops with a crochet hook. This is usually done in a continuous pattern of loops only or sometimes interspersed with rows of crochet before picking up the loops over the broomstick again. Photo by Bernie Jacobs

Broomstick Tools

Here are the broomsticks I use. On the top is the classic broomstick that (supposedly) was used by pioneer women to use up scraps of yarn while sitting on the porch after sweeping the house. After doing it the purist way for a long time, I discovered giant knitting needles. The sharp point facilitates the slipping off of the loops and makes the job faster and much more enjoyable. For smaller loops on my baby designs I use a smaller knitting needle. Photo by Bernie Jacobs

Canary Broomstick Lace Coverlet

This delicate coverlet is done over a regular, as well as the smaller broomstick. The pinks and blues are worked over the large and the yellow rows over the smaller tool. This creates a lacy pattern in soft canary colors. The material is Bellina Italian Acrylic, hand wash, dry flat. The size of this piece is 38 x 30″.

Snowflake Broomstick Set

​This pretty outfit features a warm Lotus Unger Virgin Wool with tiny beads woven in. I worked the yarn over the small broomstick with single and half double rows inbetween. A cute elfin hat completes the ensemble. Made from beaded Unger wool, hand wash or dry clean.

Mid-Summer Nights Dream Hairpin/Broomstick Combo

This was my first piece that inspired me to combine hairpin and broomstick lace techniques. As I picked up the loops I just used another tool. I also interspersed crochet shells and diamonds and ended with long ties and tassels. Made from midnight black American Super Luster Perle cotton. Hand wash, dry flat. Fits ladies’ size medium and large.

Hairpin/Broomstick Lace Combo Close Up

Here loops and spines from the hairpin strips intermingle with lengths of broomstick lace. The strips are finger-woven together in this particular piece. I used several strands of American Super Luster Pearle cotton for a nice blend of colors.

Made from midnight black American Super Luster Perle cotton. Hand wash, dry flat Fits ladies’ size medium and large. Photo by Stewart Stokes

Irish Rose Detail

I was intrigued by this old Irish Rose pattern and very pleased with the outcome. The rose, leaves and shamrocks are typical of the celtic culture and passed down with pride. After working thousands of picots in the skrt and sleeves, I feel very Irish myself. This gown is featured in the Heirloom Christening section.

Irish Crochet Christening Gown

Thousands of tiny picots and the classic Irish Rose grace this celtic gown. Shamrocks on the shoulders, silk ribbon and around the hem complete the outfit. Made from American Royale mercerized cotton. The lining is satin with an antique lace hem.

​Size newborn to 6 months. Chest is 18″, shoulder to hem length is 26″

Irish Crochet Picot and Shamrock Details

Thousands of picots and the “Luck of the Irish” shamrocks are featured in this detail photo.

Aran Close Up

Sweater fits child size 2 – 3. Chest is 24″, shoulder to hip length is 14″, the sleeves are full and 9 1/2″ long.

Bullion Booties

These Victorian inspired cuties are made from tan #30 mercerized bedspread cotton. The bullions are created by pulling a tiny hook through all 16 loops on that hook in one continuous motion. The bullions are then worked into a fan design and connected by chains and picots. Hand wash and air dry. Length of sole is 3″

Tunesian Crochet

Tunesian crochet is yet another variation of what can be done with crochet techniques. A long crochet hook is used to pick up stiches from the previous row, they are then worked off with the same hook. The weave is often quite tight and pieces tend to curl but are worth the beautiful results. This white baby sweater is made from Orlon Acrylic and easy care. Fits 9 – 12 months, chest is 20″, shoulder to hem length is 10″.

Filet Crochet Pillow

Filet crochet is worked from a chart and there is much counting involved, although the basic technique is simple double crochet and chains to create the openings. Not much room for creative variations here; however, I did finish the job. The pillow is cotton fabric, filling and thread, hand wash, air dry. Size is 14 x 10″

Thread Crochet Cake Cover

Pretty doily patterns were the inspiration for this thread crochet cake cover. It features a pineapple and shells design and is trimmed with silver charms. The material is Southmaid mercerized cotton and it can be hand washed. These can be done in various designs and color of choice. Diameter is 18′ with trim

The Magic Hankey

Here is one version of the beloved Magic Hanky which turns a linen hankerchief into a bonnet to bring baby home from the hospital or to wear at baby’s Christening. According to the poem, it will be neatly tucked away until the baby grows into a bride or groom and with a little snip the hanky turns into a wedding keepsake.

These are linen hankies trimmed with #30 pearle cotton, flowers and ribbon. They come in white, pale blue and pale pink with designer border and the Magic Hanky original poem with bible verse. Size newborn to 6 months.


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