October 23rd, 2010

Show 195: New Yarns, Plus Kathy & Kirsten Finish the KAL

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KAL with Kirsten: Blocking the Shawl

Let it soak for a long time (at least 15 minutes) in lukewarm water with Eucalan.

Squeeze out the excess water in a towel, but you want the piece to still be a little wet.

Pin to a blocking board, carpeting or bed, or use blocking wires to get the straight edges very straight. Fabric with a 1″ gingham check is also very useful for large pieces to use as a backdrop so you’re sure your edges are straight and your piece is symmetrical. For large pieces with lace edging points all around, you can construct a frame out of scrap wood or 1×2’s and whip stitch the points loosely to the frame with a stout cotton thread like 5/2 Valley Cotton.

Let dry for several hours, unpin, and enjoy your shawl.

5/2 Valley Cotton is also very useful for use as lifelines in your projects.

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