Surface for Blocking

PhilNmtl's picture

Hi. I don't want to reinvent the wheel that I suspect some of you have refined a dozen times over. I have never blocked - anything! I am about to venture into a bit of lace and will probably tackle the Angel Lace Shawl before long. I'm sure that I can purchase a blocking surface, but can I make one? Suggestions? Are there other specific supplies that I need to get ?


ps. I am really jealous of those who attended the retreat. I'll be watching more closely for the next one.

PhilNmtl's picture

Many thanks for this great

Many thanks for this great direction. Now I have no reason not to get at the lace. Thanks again.

Kerry's picture

I'm go with Asplund's

I'm go with Asplund's method.

Asplund's picture

I block shawls on a carpet

I block shawls on a carpet (always thinking I'm allowed to buy expensive yarn if I don't get a blocking board this time either!) and I think it has worked well.

Towels under and above the shawls, lots of pins, measuring-tape, weights (books and magazines) and a lot of patience. Not to mention coffee before and wine afterwards.

Good luck!

crmartin's picture

I have read of using the

I have read of using the rigid foam insulation for a blocking surface.
You can buy a 4' x 8' x 1" sheet of it at home depot for $17.00.


TomH's picture

I use four sheets of rigid

I use four sheets of rigid insulation. You can get it at any of the big box home fix-it stores. Each sheet measures 2' x 8' which gives me an 8' x 8' square. (The large format is important to me since I only block shawls.) It works great but a bear to find the space to set up. I have a large dining room table so I'm able to set the four sheets on my table. Walking around the room however, proves to be a challenge. Now that I think about it, maybe I should invest in two 4' x 8' sheets of 3/4" plywood and two saw horses. That would make setting up the insulation sheets a lot easier. But then, again, where to store the plywood sheets and sawhorses since I don't have a garage ...

Thor's picture

I have kind of gone "over

I have kind of gone "over the top" with my blocking surface. I set up my three folding banquet tables (6' x 3') side by side and cover it with a dense foam flooring normally used to cover gymnasium floors under the free weights, however I have also seen similar product in children's toy stores as a playroom floor covering. The pieces fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. With this configuration, I can have a blocking area 6' x 8'... which has been great for some of the really large lace blankets and shawls that I and my knitting buddies have created. The surface is great because I can pin and re-pin and it is up off the floor... and larger than any bed I have in the house. I set up a fan and two dehumidifiers in the room. Usually, I hand wash the article to be blocked in very cold water and a light soap then rinse well. I then place it in the washing machine on the spin cycle only for about 30-45 seconds to extract the water. Then I pin, pin, pin...!

Crafty Andy's picture

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog A

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog A shawl may be block on a flat surface. Since blocking sometimes includes getting the item wet or steamed, the surface materials have to be taken into consideration.