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From: Apple Spice
Date: 05-19-2003, 08:30 PM (1 of 5)
How do you block in finishing a slipper? I have a square that needs to be blocked before I stitch it up.

Virginia :bg:
User: Apple Spice
Member since: 01-18-2002
Total posts: 39
From: MaryW
Date: 05-26-2003, 10:44 AM (2 of 5)
I will take a stab at this. I would think there are measurements for your slipper. Pin down the edges and stretch until it is the proper measurement.
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From: Llantrisant
Date: 06-03-2003, 02:05 PM (3 of 5)
Steaming each piece with the iron, away from the fabric ,don't touch it with the iron,let it rest then pat gently with a ham or cloth.Leave it to dry before touching it .If it curls up do as Mary suggested and pin them down.
If at first you don't suceed, try-try again!
User: Llantrisant
Member since: 06-02-2002
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From: Reta J
Date: 06-03-2003, 02:29 PM (4 of 5)
Pin piece to measurment called in pattern. If you have to stretch material, run thin knitting needles or heavy gauge wire, (very heavy) thru edge from corner to corner on all four sides. Then pin needles down, this keeps edges from pulling in and "scalloping" or "waffling" on you. Steam heavily, do not touch with iron or steamer. Touching yarn with the iron will "kill" the yarn. It will flatten your stitches and is not a pretty sight. Leave pinned to ironing board or blocking table until it is completly dry.

Hope this helps.
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User: Reta J
Member since: 01-30-2002
Total posts: 136
From: Apple Spice
Date: 06-03-2003, 03:03 PM (5 of 5)
I had found this site called Blocking for Blockheads , and I had found it very useful.

Since my yarn that I had used was acrylic I had choose to not block, and the directions on the yarn package did not say to block. It said to wash gentle dry low, so I had figured that it was self blocking. I used Caron yarn. My pattern was a Ribbing such as k1, p1, k1, p1, next row p1, k1, p1, k1, next row k1, p1, k1, p1, etc. I had figured out that my pattern was much older, and probably required to use wool at that time, however the pattern didn't state to use any type of particular yarn. I had got the pattern on the net called Pixie Slippers. My hubby's slippers turned out great!

Thank you all for all your help.

Virginia :bg:
User: Apple Spice
Member since: 01-18-2002
Total posts: 39
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