Out of the blue my son came up with this acupuncture comment … Pretty accurate!
I have never been ‘far’ enough to get to the blocking part. I had so much to learn. Still have. But my projects becoming more complicated, I was forced into the technique. Of course, Google is my friend and I have been surfing a lot to understand it and find the best way to correct cranky projects. However, it seems that blocking is good for all projects as it makes them smoother and softer.
Here are the results of my researches.
You will need:
- blocking boards [flat boards]
- rust-proof pins
- Spray bottle with cool water (or basin full of cool water) or steam iron
WET – either you immerse your project in cool water, gently squeeze it out [don’t wring it out] and spread your piece out to the correct dimensions without distorting the direction of the stitches on the board(s), or you can pin the project first on the board(s) and then wet it down with a water-filled spray bottle. Either way, I mix my water with Soak, an eco-friendly rinse-free laundry soap deliciously scented [Lacey – combines spring blossoms with sweet bergamot creating a light yet alluring fragrance]. Let your project to dry completely before removing the pins. It can take a few days …
STEAM – pin your project on the blocking board(s). Hold the iron close to the fabric until convincingly damp. DO NOT touch the fabric with the iron [duh]. As with wet blocking, leave the pieces to dry.
My concern is – and I haven’t found the answer yet – if you offer one of your heavily blocked project to someone and the person washes it … what than?