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Cristy
02-23-2007, 11:55 PM
Are there particular fibers that you shouldn't block or that are pointless to block??

suzeeq
02-24-2007, 01:03 AM
Acrylic doesn't block. However, a wash and dry evens out the stitches; you could also just wash and lay out to dry, putting it into the shape/size you want.

sue

Cristy
02-24-2007, 08:37 PM
thanks--I had cotton in mind...I have a couple of stitches that are somewhat stretched from where I went back and fixed a mistake--I was wondering if blocking would help to correct this a little...

suzeeq
02-24-2007, 10:18 PM
thanks--I had cotton in mind...I have a couple of stitches that are somewhat stretched from where I went back and fixed a mistake--I was wondering if blocking would help to correct this a little...

I think cotton blocks, but here also a wash and dry will even out the stitches a lot.

sue

Cristy
02-24-2007, 10:56 PM
cool--thanks! :)

redwitch
02-25-2007, 07:32 AM
If they're a bit loose, you could pull on the stitches to each side and take up almost all the slack, then the next ones, along, etc. This might even them up a bit more before the washing. But don't get carried away if you do try it...

Sarah

puppyluv
02-26-2007, 05:27 PM
I would caution you that cotton can shrink, a LOT...
A simple "wash and dry" can ruin a project, depending on what it is we are talking about.
If it is a garment, and you want to wash it, perhaps handwashing would be a better idea. Then you could gently blot with a towel to get rid of excess water, and block it to dry on some towels.
If it is a washcloth we are talking about, throw it in the washer AND dryer, that's what I do with mine...

suzeeq
02-27-2007, 01:13 AM
I made a summer top out of Sugar and Cream and throw it in the washer and dryer. Comes out softer every time, no shrinkage.

sue