To finish off my Teardrop Shawl last week, I decided to have a go at making my own blocking board. Up until now I’ve used a towel spread out on the floor, but I knew this super intricate lace needed a much smoother, flatter surface to pin out the motifs and scalloped edges. Another option would have been foam play mats, such as these, but I fancied getting my hands dirty!
You will need:
- 2 x A1 pieces of foam board
- Packing tape
- Approx 1.3m of Gingham/checked fabric
- Wash and iron the fabric.
- Tape the two pieces of board together with packing tape, all the way around.
- Lay the fabric on the floor and place the taped boards on top.
- Pull the fabric taught and begin to tape down the edges.
I already had two 50 cm lengths of gingham fabric, so I opted to patch mine together in two halves – this reminded me of battenburg cake, which is no bad thing! It worked just fine, but is probably less fiddly if you can buy one large piece of fabric.
As the fabric is slightly stretchy, the gingham pattern isn’t effective for measuring out dimensions, but is great for lining up straight edges. You’ll still need to use a measuring tape to get the size right.
One downside I noticed was that the foam board curled up at the edges as the shawl was drying, so I’d recommend weighing down the corners if possible. This probably makes it less of a long-term solution but I’ll see how it holds up with future projects and let you know.
What do you use to block your knits? Let me know in the comments!