Re: [st_brigid_kal] wooly board
- Hi Agnes,I've never made a woolly board but I have this email from someone who has. Try and let us know how it went!Hope this helps.MariaTo: Multiple recipients of list <knit@...>
Subject: KNIT TECH: My Blocking Adventure
I wanted to find a good way to block the Starmore fair isle vest that I'd just finished.My original goal was to widen the vest a little, and even out the fabric.I wanted to make a cheap/easy substitute for the traditional "wooly board", an adjustable stretching/drying rack, and I was wondering if foamcore or corrugated cardboard would work.
WHAT I USED
Cardboard, since it was cheap: I bought a big sheet for $1.25 at our local art supply store.I used an xacto knife to cut the cardboard to the shape I wanted; slightly wider than the vest, with sloped shoulders. The vest has no shoulder shaping, and I didn't like the way it fit my shoulders.
I covered the cardboard with grid-printed contact paper. I soaked the vest briefly in cold water, laid a towel on the floor, and buttoned the vest around the board. Then I used push pins to pin the front button band,
the armhole bands, and to adjust the fit around the shoulders. I also pinned the bottom to the length I wanted.I pinned both sides of the sweater. It took about 30 minutes to make the board and pin the sweater.
Then I just left the board, with a dry towel underneath, in the spare bedroom with the ceiling fan on.I flipped the board a couple of times; this was easy since I didn't need to repin everything.It was _very_humid, and I don't have AC, but the sweater still dried in less than 24 hours.
The vest looks great!!!! The blocking made a big improvement, and it was really easy. Next time I will try foamcore, since the cardbaord didn't do a great job of holding the pins (a few fell out). I am saving the
board, and will use it again the next time I wash this sweater, rather than noting its blocked measurements.I will definitely try this again with the next seamless sweater I make with wool.
On 8/11/06, Agnès Argan <agns1601@...> wrote: ,_._,___I wanted to know if something know how to make a wooly board ?
I think it is not so difficult?
Thank you for the answers.