Block a Shawl
These are both
basically the same shawl...a simple triangle. The gray, raw silk
one on the top is thumb-tacked into points at the top just because
I happen to like it that way...the top is really just a straight
line like the sides.
The white wool...again
a simple stockinette pattern with garter sides and little openwork
flowers on the edges is also a simple triangle. I have pulled the
edges out into scallops..again, just because I like it that way
:-) Besides, it makes the finished product MUCH more impressive.
I am using a combination of plastic headed thumbtacks and brass
thumbtacks because that is all I could find the day I decided to
do this, Of course all the books suggest rustprooof, stainless steel
are tacked to the front of the house (100-year old remodeling nightmare...now
that's another story all together :-) Hopefully they won't blow
away in the next storm.
has been working on re-siding the front of the house so I lost my
outdoor blocking area...pooh. Had to move inside to what will be
the kitchen someday. Currently just bare, 100 year old stud wall...notice
the antique water stains.
But, the advantage
to blocking on the stud wall is the air circulates on both sides...this
the Faeroes shawls at Stitches with their shaped neck line, I wanted
to block this one so it fit the neck edge, and had some interest
(the points) on the front...which it does, but I could have MEASURED
and made those scallops a little more even...maybe next time :-)
- Now I have some stainless steel welding rods I can use for blocking
wires - CHEAP!