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    Small is beautiful

    I have been making crochet hooks for a lady and she asked me if I could make a 1mm hook. No I said, wood would be far too fragile. So she posted me the hooks and asked if I could make handles for them instead.



    The shaft is 1.5mm dia. the wood is walnut and 5" long. Dia varies but tapers down to 1.7mm where the shaft goes in. I drilled the hole then pared it down with 100 grit sandpaper as I didn't have the nerve to go that thin with a tool. Where the shaft enters the wood the thickness is well under .25mm
    Finished with Melamine for smoothness and durability.
    Pete

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    Nice!

    Do you craft similarly-decorated handles for your all-wood needles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Burton View Post
    Nice!

    Do you craft similarly-decorated handles for your all-wood needles?
    Yes. but longer depending on the gauge. Smallest I do is 3.5mm at 6" long as here.

    Pete
    Last edited by Pete MoncrieffJury; 07-25-2009 at 10:10 AM.

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    Wow, that is fine stuff, both the work and the size

    My Great Grandmother did a LOT of the the lace crochet work, she too used them little tiny hooks and my Grandfather made handles for them, not nearly as nice as yours, and he hand whittled them to size. He heated up the shaft of the thin crochet hook and then pushed it into the piece of wood, let it cool off, then whittled them down to size.

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    Neat. You have a good thing going there with those.

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    Great looking piece and some fine work.
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    Nice work, Pete. I don't recall seeing a crochet needle that small. My mom and her mom used to do quite a bit of crocheting, but nothing that fine, as I recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Nice work, Pete. I don't recall seeing a crochet needle that small. My mom and her mom used to do quite a bit of crocheting, but nothing that fine, as I recall.

    I hadn't either. I have made them in wood down to 3.5mm but any smaller nd they will be too fragile. The hook part cuts 1/2 way ito the wood so there would only be .5mm of wood there. Maybe in Lignum or something but then the cost would rocket. Much easier this way.

    pete

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