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Hook Making 101
Recently I came to possess the most beautiful crochet hook! It is handmade by Leither Co and it is a work of art! You can see it below, in action on an upcoming pattern – it’s right next to the energy supply of M&Ms!
Leither Co is run by Ashley and Eric Leither — meet Ashley and Eric
Leither Co started, as many things do out of necessity! Ashley, an avid crocheter, was suffering from pain in her hand, arm and shoulder as a result of crocheting. It seems no commercially available hook, was comfortable enough to allow her to crochet regularly. She shared her frustration with her husband Eric. He asked her a few questions and then went out to the garage, emerging some time later with a custom hook that featured the best of all the other hooks Ashley had been working with. Magnificent! Ashley started using his handmade crochet and her pain subsided. She is now able to crochet for long periods of time without the fatigue and pain of he past.
Leither Co hooks have a custom feel with unique handles that are fashioned from beautiful woods (such as Blackwood, Bolivian, Rosewood, Spectraply and more!). The handles are beautifully shaped and thicker to alleviate pressure on the hand and wrist. They have several different shapes to choose from and of course hook size. Each hook is beautifully wrapped and delivered to a lucky new owner!
Leither Co also offers subscription services to help you build your hook collection. Each subscription box includes a hook, pattern and beautiful hand dyed hank of yarn custom matched for the pattern.
Consider Leither hooks for yourself or a gift for a favorite crocheter! For a limited time you can take advantage of these great deals on their products.
- 15% off everything in their ETSY shop (Excludes Blossom and 10 piece set) with the coupon code: HOOKED
- $5 off of your first DELUXE box subscription with coupon code: HOOKED
Now, do you want to see how a crochet hook is made?
Step 1: The process starts with a rectangularly shaped wood blank that is cut down to the appropriate hook length. The rectangular blank is rounded out and the shaft is marked and cut down to 2″.
Step 2: Shaping is important! A multi step process is followed to shape the handle with all of it’s gorgeous curves and bends!
Step 3: After the handle is shaped, the shaft of the crochet hook is turned until it measures the correct millimeters for the crochet hook size being made. The shaft gets a final sanding to achieve the precise final measurement.
Step 4:The handle is sanded with several different sandpaper grits in order to make it smooth and a coat of beeswax is applied to finalize the smooth finish and add a bit of sheen.
Step 5:To finalize the tip, it is cut off and sanded to its recognizable, pencil shaped head.
Step 6:The final carving process is done with hand tools. The hook is tested and ready to make it into your home!
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