Happy Sunday everyone! I've been busy, busy, busy! Yes, too busy and I'm winding down now but I am the way I am! My ADD motor is always going!
I made a big pot of soup, 2 batches of cookies and a loaf of wheat bread. I have all the laundry caught up and added 2 more of my mom's Victorian Tussy Mussy's for Mother's Day to our Etsy shop:
Aren't they pretty? Mom really has a knack for these!
Another thing I did today was to block a couple of crocheted doilies and I thought I would write a tutorial for anyone who doesn't know how to do this. Many crocheted pieces can be ironed into shape but there are some that just won't cooperate unless they are blocked.
This one for example is quite large. My mom made it for me years ago. I had it out for quite some time but decided to wash it and put it away for awhile. I have never had any luck with ironing this piece into shape:
I pulled it out today because I knew it would fit my new little vintage table which I'll show you at the end of this post.
HOW TO BLOCK A CROCHETED DOILY
You will need a cardboard cutting board, a big box of pins and a misting bottle of water. I scent mine with lavender.
Step one is to lay out your crocheted piece on the cutting board.
Step two is to start pinning it to the board:
I just started with the center of each scallop around the outside. One pin in the center of each scallop. After going all the way around, you may have to make some adjustments for shaping purposes. It's a matter of eyeballing it.
The next step is to add more pins around the scallops. This rounds them out:
Add as many pins around the outside as you have to in order to shape it properly. It seems like it might be a lot of work but it actually only takes a few minutes.
Once you have all the pins in place and the doily is shaped appropriately, mist the entire piece with water and let air dry. It takes about an hour for large doily and about 1/2 an hour for a small one.
Here's another type of doily that needs to be shaped this way:
Those little flowers are terribly difficult to iron.
Just pin the flowers open, spritz with water, let dry and then remove the pins and enjoy the beauty!
Be sure to click on the photos to see the large versions. That'll give you a good idea of what to do.
Also, if you have small children, dogs or cats, you may want to do this in a room where you can close the door while it's drying. They may be a little too fascinated with the pins.
Here's my large doily on my new vintage table:
My husband bought me this beautiful vintage sewing table at a flea market back in February. It was only $15.00! He repaired it, stripped it and refinished it for me and added new knobs. The sides open up! It's really too cool! And it's not as dark as it looks in this photo.
Anyway, that was my day! Now, it's time to relax with a cup of tea and some stitching:
Have a good night!