Blocking eliminates wrinkles and adjusts the shape of the finished projects. If your completed item is too heavy to soak in water and the fiber composition is unsuitable for steaming, then SPRAY blocking is the best option!
This technique is useful when you only need to block a section of your item, without dampening the entire piece. In this particular case, I am spray-blocking lace edges of a super bulky Whale Rug, while its other parts remain dry.
What You Need For Spray Blocking:
- Blocking Board or Interlocking Play Mat
- Spray Bottle
- Rust-Resistant Blocking Pins (optional)
Spray generously the front and back side of your project with warm water until it is thoroughly wet.
Lay your project flat on a blocking board or interlocking play mat, shaping it to the specified measurements. You can use some rust-resistant blocking pins to secure your project around the edges if necessary. For instance, lightweight projects might need pins, while heavy rugs perform well without pinning.
Rotate and flip your project periodically to ensure fast and even drying. Depending on the temperature and humidity level, this process might take somewhere between several hours and up to several days.
I often use spray blocking in my Crochet Rug Patterns, because it’s ideal for heavy super-bulky projects. To learn more about alternative blocking methods, refer to my Wet Blocking and Steam Blocking tutorials.