Thanks so much! Just found a tutorial both on how to do hairpin lace *and* how to make my own loom! :-)
Will be trying that out... need to find some florist's foam that my cat won't eat now....
Unfortunately, there's nowhere near me that does the looms - the wilds of Scotland have few knitting shops, although I noticed a new one yesterday, so might have to go have a look *dum di dum* *whistle*