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« on: December 17, 2005 11:16:57 PM »

I'm planning on making a blocking board that will be covered with cotton denim or twill. Since I'll be pinning pieces to it, I was worried about the fabric getting ripped over time. I was thinking of using some fusible interfacing underneath to help reinforce the fabric from the pins. Is this overkill? Are there better options?

« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2005 09:54:10 AM »

Hi there - so sorry, I can't even imagine what a 'blocking board' is, lol -- just thought I'd try to bump this up  in case someone else has some ideas for you... ... However -- seems to me that an added layer of of interface would just make denim or twill harder to pin thru...?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2005 04:03:18 PM »

I wouldn't worry about the fabric too much for the blocking board.
(p.s. that would be a board to pin out (wet) knitted items on so that they dry in a specific shape)

I'd probably just worry more about what to make the board out of, so you don't wear many holes into that... Fabric's the easy part, you could always just staple on a new sheet of fabric maybe once a year.
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2005 04:10:31 PM »

I can't even imagine what a 'blocking board' is

It's basically what mew described. You can see a professional one here. I've knit a front, back, and two sleeves for a sweater. Prior to seaming it together, "blocking" (pinning to a board when the items are slightly damp) is highly recommended to that the pieces are flat and shaped into the correct dimensions. It makes the seaming process easier.

I'm going to use homasote for the actual board. The fabric will be stapled to it. I was just worried that some materials will tear after some use. I think interfacing would be overkill, but I wanted to make sure. I think I will just skip the interfacing. Thanks!

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