I realized that, despite several updates about my Between-Meal Centerpiece project, I haven’t yet posted the final pics. Here it is, in all its glory. And by that, I mean it’s glorious that it’s finished. 🙂
As much as I like giving my projects as gifts, this one is for me. I love the colors, I love the size, I love the design.
The only thing I don’t love? My serious lack of blocking skills. I try and try, but I still need improvement.
In fact, most of the critical comments I got during judging for the contest (on several pieces) were related to my blocking. I think I’m just impatient to complete the project and don’t spend enough time on the blocking process. Any helpful hints or advice? What’s your blocking method?
This one got a second place ribbon at the contest. Here it is on display – you can also see a hint of one of my other projects peeking in at the right:
See this project on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabycakesCreates/between-meal-centerpiece
After seeing an awesome time-lapse video project that my husband made, I
demanded requested a video of my own. He put together a quick time-lapse video while I blocked the Between-Meal Centerpiece.
Many thanks to him for making this video for me.
I have to be in the mood to block a piece, but when I am, it’s so much fun. (And it’s important, as the great Doris Chan explains much better than I can.) That’s when a project really starts to show its true potential instead of looking, as the Between-Meal Centerpiece project once did, like a tangled mess.
I didn’t really block my projects properly until I had a good way to do it – namely, some good blocking board material. I use Step2 24″ Playmats. A lot of fiber crafters use similar playmats for blocking, and I can personally confirm that they are, indeed, awesome.
I think 24″ is a nice, generous size for blocking a doily, and I love that they can be connected to block a long piece (such as a scarf) or a larger square piece (such as a baby afghan). These, plus regular old ball-head pins, are my go-to blocking tools. (Side note: ball-head pins, in my experience, are ridiculously hard to find in big-box stores. But why?)
Usually I just block with water and spray starch. I know that many prefer liquid starch, but that seems like a hassle to me. Convince me otherwise? I’ll try it if it’s worth it. 🙂