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Blocking Party with Suzann Thompson!

July 20, 2012, 10:22 am  Posted by Lark
 

This week, author Suzann Thompson shares her favorite techniques for blocking crocheted flowers, leaves, and other motifs: a blocking party!

When I finish crocheting a flower or leaf, it usually looks curled up and wilted.  How can these poor, sad little crocheted pieces be freshened up again?  By adding water! What else would you do for wilted flowers?

Water or steam will relax the yarn and stitches of your crochet creations, flattening them and making them easier to work with.  The process is called “blocking.”   Here’s how:

Cold Blocking
You can cold block any crocheted piece, but it is especially good for pieces made of yarns that don’t respond well to ironing. For small pieces like flowers and leaves:

  1. Dunk the motif into a bowl of water or hold it under running water.  Squeeze out the excess water, but do not wring.
  2. Unfurl curling petals and leaves.  Stretch out points and picots.
  3. If the piece will lie flat on its own, lay it flat to dry.
  4. If it is still trying to curl up, pin it to your ironing board or other flat surface.
  5. Let dry.
  6. Remove pins.


Steam Blocking

To protect your crochet, use a pressing cloth between your work and the iron.  A press cloth can be any clean, absorbent cloth.  It should be white, because a dyed cloth may bleed color onto your work.

  1. Dampen your pressing cloth and wring out the excess water.
  2. Unfurl curling petals and leaves.  Stretch out points and picots.
  3. Lay piece to be blocked on an ironing board, cover with damp press cloth.
  4. Touch hot iron to pressing cloth over crocheted motifs, but do not press.  The heat from the iron will turn the moisture in the pressing cloth into steam.  The steam penetrates the crochet.  Again, don’t press the iron, or your crochet will be permanently squished.
  5. Remove the pressing cloth.  If necessary, stretch petals and picots again, and pin them to the ironing board.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Remove pins.

 

You’ll be pleased at how much better your crocheted flowers and leaves look after blocking. Plus, they’re much easier to handle. I’ve found that blocking really does make the difference between good and great crochet.

 
 
 
 

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