Blocking Lace

ronhuber's picture

Mes Swansen, in "A Gathering of Lace", describes how she hangs a shawl with a sideways knitted on garter stitch border over a 4" dowel suspended between two cupboards to block it. Has anyone tried this or heard of it? Of course, in Mexico we don't have carpets, so it is always a problem finding an area to pin out lace especially if it is over 5 feet. I have tried to fold it in half and pin it out on a bed but it is really not satisfactory. If blocking it on a dowel works, it would solve a lot of problems. If you have had experience with Meg's method I would appreciate you advice.


mountainrunner's picture

I forgot to mention that

I forgot to mention that there are some instructions I came across for building a blocking frame, which is another option that might work for you. The URL is

Asbjörn's picture

That's particularly

That's particularly interesting and unless my dogs master antigravity, they can't walk all over it. Thanks for posting this. _____________________________

mountainrunner's picture

I just started my first

I just started my first Shetland lace scarf, and was wondering how to go about blocking it, and came across some foam board in an office supply shop - the kind used for making signs. It sells for about $4 Canadian per board, and I bought 3 of them. I planned to draw gridlines on them, cover them in clear plastic bin liners and then place them on the floor in a row. I'll pin out the scarf to the foam boards. This might work if you have hardwood or ceramic floors.

ronhuber's picture

Thanks so much,

Thanks so much, Mountainrunner. What a great idea and even with some cotton gingham your measuring problems would be solved as well, Bill.

Bill's picture

You can wrap them with

You can wrap them with gingham (checkered fabric) or checkered plastic tablecloth.....

Asbjörn's picture

This method is news to me

This method is news to me but I too would like to know more about it. I'm working on Mmario's Faux Spanish Lace Shawl and fretting about where and with what I am going to block it. The roof of my house is probably not a good idea so I really have to come up with something else.