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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 05/22/2012 :  07:12:34 AM  Show Profile Send Patshere a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I finally finished no spider web fichu (Victorian Lace Today) in 100% silk and am ready to block. I know it will "grow" in the process, and am wondering if anyone has some tips for blocking this type of fabric,.

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Posted - 05/23/2012 :  9:52:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a sweater that needs to be washed, and I've been thinking that the best way to do it is to buy some tulle, lay the piece flat on top of the tulle (well, mine is a cardigan, so not quite), roll it up snugly and then put it in a laundry bag or something to help it stay snug, then put it in the drink. Hopefully this would all survive spin-drying in the washer! Then lay the mass on a towel or drying rack and unroll it.

It sounds good, anyway.

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New Pal

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Posted - 05/24/2012 :  04:38:49 AM  Show Profile Send mrsredmst a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm doing my first silk shawl so I'm interested in how to block this too. I heard that silk doesn't grow as much as other fabrics?
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Posted - 05/24/2012 :  06:29:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
silk grows. It truly does.

You could always finish it off with a hot iron, which tends to give it an even higher gloss.

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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 05/24/2012 :  06:34:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't give silk any more special treatment than any other fiber.

I give it a long sudsy bath so the warm water can truly penetrate the fiber. Roll it in a towel to blot. String it onto wires and pin the bejeebus out of it. It will have quite a bit of give, so I always go into it with measurements of what I want the finished size to be and pin out accordingly. What you achieve in length you will lose in width and vice-versa - so keep the ruler handy.

You needn't worry about harming it or breaking it. It has a lot of tensile strength. Let it dry at LEAST 48 hours. And as Purlewe so wisely notes, if you want it to really shine, a hot iron will do that for you.

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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 05/24/2012 :  08:03:39 AM  Show Profile Send Grand-moogi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Won't a hot iron burn or scorch?

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Posted - 05/24/2012 :  10:09:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Owl is correct, just keep the hot iron moving over the fabric of the lace and it will be fine. Also, it should be a hot DRY iron, no steam for this process.

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Posted - 05/24/2012 :  6:31:23 PM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For all my shawls I soak them repeatedly using the colander of a salad spinner until water is clear (no dirt or dye). Then I spin the water out in the spinner. Then stretch and pin until taught on my guest bed. For 100% silk I iron it once it's dry before unpinning to bring out the shine, hot, dry and fast is the key (there may be a joke in there somewhere ;)

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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 05/29/2012 :  05:24:47 AM  Show Profile Send emmyc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I never ever thought of using my rarely used salad spinner for this!

Jayme, you are a genious!

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Posted - 05/31/2012 :  5:13:30 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love the salad spinner method

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