This will explain two ways to block a crochet doily. I prefer the starching and pinning method since it gives the doily a crisp and fresh look. Ironing does work well as an alternative. The video tutorial will show both methods.
Video Tutorial: How to Block a Crochet Doily
- Measure half water and half starch in a bowl. Mix well
- Saturate your doily in the starch solution
- Gently squeeze the excess liquid out of the doily
- Lay the doily out on an old towel
- I recommend stainless steel rustproof pins otherwise there is the chance that standard pins will rust and leave rust marks on your doily
- Pin the doily to surface like a mattress or something to hold the pins in place
- It will take about 24 hours for the lace to dry naturally. You can also use a fan to expedite the drying process.
- Cover your ironing surface with an old towel.
- Lay your doily flat on the surface
- Spray the doily with spray starch from a can
- Lay the pressing cloth over the doily.
- The pressing cloth will prevent scorching and the iron sticking to the lace. Starch is very sticky.
- Iron the doily with a dry iron.
- The pressing cloth will absorb excess moisture as the cotton sets from the starch and heat.