Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How to Block a Crochet Doily




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

Pinning Method
  • 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.

Ironing Method
  • 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.

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