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lillzee
« on: January 29, 2008 04:37:34 PM »

I am curious as to what method of blocking you all find to be best. I am not much into blocking but since i have been making more "adult" gaments, I feel I should. I have tried steaming but it doesn't seem to make much difference(things still curl at the ends).

Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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Skellerz
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2008 04:39:07 PM »

I don't work in garments, mostly just small items, but i usually soak the object, and (provided it won't felt) throw it in the dryer until damp.
I then pin it how I want it to lie when dry.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2008 06:00:53 PM »

I have only blocked a couple of items, so I am by no means an expert on this topic. 

So far, I have just soaked the items, rolled in a towel to remove excess moisture, and then laid the item out on a fresh (dry) towel in the desired shape and left to dry.  depending on how long it takes to dry, I will flip it over half way through to prevent the bottom from staying wet too long and getting mildew-stinky.  I don't use pins, but my method seems to work well for me (so far).

I haven't tried steam blocking.  if an item will eventually get washed, I figure it should get sopping wet for blocking, since this is what will happen every time it gets washed later on.  but maybe that's a bad theory...
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lillzee
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008 06:17:21 AM »

My concern with soaking is that I will ruin the yarn. This is probably totally irrational, as is my fear of blocking!!

Second question: Any advantage/disadvantage to blocking before finishing the item? Or should it be done after?

Thanks all
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Skellerz
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2008 08:49:05 PM »

Most yarns do okay, so long as they're colorfast.

The only problem I can see with blocking as you go is that you'd have to KEEP doing it.
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lillzee
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2008 03:35:44 AM »

When I said fininshing the item, I meant sewing the pieces together. Most patterns use the word "finishing" to describe the process of putting the item together. Sorry to confuse.
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Skellerz
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2008 01:35:55 PM »

I don't see why there'd be anything particularly WRONG with it, except that I would avoid that, cause things tend to hang oddly on me, so you might need to try something on before you decide what shape you want it.
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redwitch
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2008 06:01:08 PM »

I block before finishing, I find it neatens the edges which you are about to seam up, and when knit they may be slightly different lengths, but blocking to the exact dimensions desired for each individual piece helps the finishing process. What if you seam, then you block and it gets bigger from the washing, then the seam would be too small and make the fabric pucker!
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lillzee
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2008 05:52:26 AM »

Thanks Redwitch....makes sense!!
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