Blocking Finished Needlework
With some of my needlework I draw first the design onto the fabric with a blue water
soluble pen. So I have to wash out that blue pen marking once stitching
is finished. With slightly Raised/Padded Needlework it is not easy to get your
iron in close enough around shapes to get all the natural creases out left
behind while the fabric dried.
I do not mean wrinkles that may happen because your
tension was too tight or you did not use a hoop while stitching; but the
natural wrinkling of linen and cotton
Below the Whitework owl the stitching is stitched
with a thick thread. Just flat ironing would squash the French Knots and
other Knotted stitches. The blue flower design has areas of Padded
Needlelace, so a flat iron even on a padded surface would not help
remove the fabrics natural wrinkles
So I 'block' the fabric while it is drying to
produce a wrinkle free background. Also it allows the fabric to dry so
the weave of the fabric is straight, which is needed if putting the
needlework in a picture frame.
Method for Blocking
your Needlework and roll in a spongy towel to remove excess water.
2. Use a piece of flat
polystyrene more than 3 inches larger than your design area. Visit you
local appliance shop for bit of polystyrene left over from box packing.
3. Lay your fabric on
the polystyrene and pin every 1/4 inch in a square/rectangle with a
sewing pins. Making sure that your fabric grain is straight. Use a
square ruler or the corner of a square piece of paper to make sure your
design is sitting square. Keep stretching the fabric edge by edge until
all creases have gone.
4. Allow your
stitching/fabric to sit somewhere safe to dry. If the stitching is very
padded this could take a few days to dry completely.
5. I quite often photograph the Needlework once it
is dry but still stretched.
Dry and wrinkle free