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« on: September 11, 2005 06:40:43 AM »

Can cotton be blocked properly? I've heard that you can't block synthetic fibres, but since cotton isn't synthetic . . . It also doesn't have much give to it . . . Therefore I figured I'd ask here first.

Also, what happens if you try to block something made of synthetic fibres? Does it just not work, or does it go all screwy?

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2005 07:10:29 AM »

Cotton can be blocked.  Use the same procedures as for wool.

Synthetics pretty much go back to their original shape.  They may take a bit of suggestion from blocking. You can try "overblocking".  Exaggerate the shape you're trying to get.  For instance if you need a sweater to be longer and narrower, block it to very long and narrow.  When it bounces back to the original shape, it may be changed a little from your blocking - but don't count on it.


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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2005 01:54:39 PM »

For cotton, I actually recommend taking the dry pieces, pinning them to the right size/shape, then covering with a wet/damp teatowel.  Then let it all sit till it's dry. 
Cotton gets REALLY heavy when it's wet, so its own weight might stretch it out too much while you're trying to block it.

Sometimes steam blocking works for synthetics, but it's risky.  There's a good chance that either nothing will happen, or you'll melt the fibers and end up with a scratchy mess.
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