Newbie Blocking Question

Discuss how you complete your crafts...
Clarington
Rank 5 - Frog Mario
Rank 5 - Frog Mario
Posts: 191
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:38 am
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Newbie Blocking Question

Postby Clarington » Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:46 am

I just washed and blocked my charity quilt square. I thought I pulled the fabric quite tight while I was pinning it, but now that it's dry it's incredibly wavy. Both the stitched and unstitched sections of the aida look like moguls. (I tried to grab a pic but couldn't get one that truly showed the texture). I've blocked pieces before and don't remember them being quite this wavy, but I've never blocked anything that was fully stitched like the quilt squares. Have I done something wrong and should I rewash and block trying to pull the fabric even tighter, or will going ahead and ironing it make everything okay?
Thanks for the help!
I'm gettin' bloggy: http://craftscapades.com/

User avatar
Eliste
Rank 10 - Cape Mario
Rank 10 - Cape Mario
Posts: 1007
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:41 pm
Contact:

Re: Newbie Blocking Question

Postby Eliste » Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:31 am

Have you ironed it yet? Often ironing will fix a lot of things.

If you want to rewash, you can. It will almost certainly change things. I'm guessing that it may have been that your blocking pins were very spaced apart or that you pulled harder in one direction than the other.
Image

Clarington
Rank 5 - Frog Mario
Rank 5 - Frog Mario
Posts: 191
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:38 am
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Re: Newbie Blocking Question

Postby Clarington » Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:57 am

Thanks Eliste.
I haven't ironed it yet. Is there any issue with ironing and then if I don't like how it looks starting the washing/blocking process over? I know ironing can lock in any stains so I always think of it as the "point of no return" step.
I'm gettin' bloggy: http://craftscapades.com/

User avatar
Eliste
Rank 10 - Cape Mario
Rank 10 - Cape Mario
Posts: 1007
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:41 pm
Contact:

Re: Newbie Blocking Question

Postby Eliste » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:07 am

If you want to re-block, I'd do that first simply because I'm with you on the ironing. Then again, if you soak it long enough, ironing first shouldn't significantly change the outcome of re-blocking. Water is typically the "eraser" for fibers, but if you iron it hard, it may not come out. Up to you.
Image

Clarington
Rank 5 - Frog Mario
Rank 5 - Frog Mario
Posts: 191
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:38 am
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Re: Newbie Blocking Question

Postby Clarington » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:47 am

I had a closer look at the pics in your blocking guide and decided that your pins were a little closer together than mine. So I re-blocked adding more pins. It's definitely better. Still a few little waves but nothing like before. I realize it's a little silly to worry about this when I know tnitnetny will wash it again when she gets it. But I want a good pic before I send it off, and figure this is good blocking practice.
Thanks for the help Eliste!
I'm gettin' bloggy: http://craftscapades.com/

Return to “Techniques / Guides”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests