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Old 05-08-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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Lace Blocking Wires?
O.K. I am seeing the finish line on my first piece of lace work (Adamas Shawl ). As I am looking towards blocking it I have read a lot about using Lace blocking wires to do so. What is the general opinion about these? Is there a cheaper way to get the same effect? Or the best place to purchase the wires? I do see myself doing more lace, if that helps sway opinions.

I already know I am going to follow these directions to make a blocking board.
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Old 05-08-2008, 04:43 PM   #2
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I think that if you're new at blocking, the wires are good.

I am not a good blocker. I tried using pins an the string...just does not work for me. The blocking wires are much better for me. I bought KP's set and am very happy. They come in a tube that's perfect for storage.
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Just so you know, most blocking boards are too small to fit an entire lace shawl or other large piece on it. I do my blocking with pins on my bed
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I know that this is probably a real big no no, but I use my steamiron to block and relax the yarn on a lace shawl.
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Thanks everyone. Looks like I will be ordering from knitpicks ( oh darn!)

Rachel-- Thanks for the tip on the boards. I could tell that most of the bought ones would not, so I am going to buy a piece of foam board and cover it to use (the board is 6 ft x 10ft so I can cut it down)
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I just finished that same shawl this week and blocked it on my bed with pins. It worked out well. It's my first shawl and my first large lace project and I'm very happy with the way it blocked. I used Knitpicks Shadow.
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If you haven't already bought the wires from KP's, you could try wire hangers. Just use a wire snips to cut off the "hanger" part and unbend them. It's not perfect, but it will give you an idea of how wires work. (And if it works out for you, you could save lots of $$!!)
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Originally Posted by babsnelson View Post
If you haven't already bought the wires from KP's, you could try wire hangers. Just use a wire snips to cut off the "hanger" part and unbend them. It's not perfect, but it will give you an idea of how wires work. (And if it works out for you, you could save lots of $$!!)
DO you think they will be long enough? I like the idea of saving money. It gripes me to spend $30 on wires. That money is much better spent on yarn or new needles.
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I don't think using hangers will have the flexibility that you may want and need.
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I would also check at a hardware store. Wire is wire...as long as it's stainless, any wire thin enough to be flexible, but strong enough and long enough should work.
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