hot dog something lace related!!
now i'm in my element!!
What you got there is a hair pin lace frame!! you use tatting thread and with a series of knots and a thin crochet hook you can make lace. Its a very old craft and not very popular now, but I know it was popular for a few years in the 50's . Most tatters and bobbin lace people ( those are 2 types of lace making also) can point you in the right direction to teach you if you would like to learn. Also www.lacis.com
carries books on hairpin lace and some supplies for it. If there is anything else you would like to know, you can e-mail me directly at email@example.com
I've been making all types of hand-made lace for about 8 years now but I have never gotten the chance to conqure hairpin yet. But it's on my list!!