Crackpotty Crochet Snowflake Project and Rust-Free Pins

by Nancy

I’ve been working on some crochet snowflakes (and a star) which will hopefully be used to decorate my classroom when we go back to school January 5.  I tried stiffening my first two items with a solution of 1 part craft glue to 1 part water,  and it worked well.



But… one thing mentioned in the internet instructions on crochet stiffening was that you need to use rust-free pins to block the crochet.  I had no idea whether or not my pins were rust free, so I just used them.  When I removed the pins after the crochet had dried, an outer layer of the pin seemed to come off.  There was only a slight discoloration on the crochet, but still I took this to mean that my pins are not rust-proof.

I’ve finished 4 more snowflakes now and wanted to stiffen them this afternoon.  So, I went to Hobby Lobby in search of rust-free pins.  Most of the pins in the store were labeled “nickel-plated steel,” but none of them said “rust-free.”  Thank goodness for smart phones!  I googled rust-proof pins and found out that many standard pins are nickel-plated steel, which is not rust-free, but quilting pins are often made of stainless steel, which is rust free.  Thankfully, our Hobby Lobby sold one kind of stainless steel quilting pins.

Snowflakes 3-6

Here are the next four snowflakes, secured with stainless steel pins and drying.  So far, I think my favorite is #4 – the pattern is in French but isn’t too hard to figure out if you have a list of the French words for basic crochet terms.


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