Using things you have at home, make a mini blocking board that's perfect for stiffening your small crochet lace pieces!
Having the right tools is important to any craft or hobby. However, that often means spending money! If you're like me, that's not always an option. and even if you have the means to buy what you need, that doesn't help you when you want it right now!
When you're blocking or stiffening crochet lace you don't need a giant blocking board. You also may not want to get the stiffening solution all over your "good" board. Why not make one? I've used this method throughout the years with great results. Here's what you do::
1) Gather your materials.
You need: A flat(ish) box - maybe a few inches high. The size of your box, is the size of your board, so consider what you'll be blocking. Some extra pieces of cardboard (I cut up another box). Make sure it's the nice corrugated cardboard, not the flat stuff from a cereal box. Scissors, tape and a disposable plastic table cloth. For some reason I have a stash of these table clothes. Not sure why, but there you go! Don't have one? Don't worry, I've also used aluminum foil, wax paper and plastic wrap.
2) Cut your extra cardboard the same size as your box.
This gives your board stability and makes it easier to push the pins into. I used two layers and then secured them with tape on each side.
3) Wrap your box.
Cut your table cloth so it will cover the box a few times. (If you're using foil, plastic wrap or wax paper use a few layers. They'll last for several uses, just make sure you secure it tightly.) Wrap it up just like a present! Tape the ends firmly and voila! you're ready to get busy blocking those ornaments!
That's all there is to it. I think having the right tools is important, but it's so easy to stress over having the same one that the "professionals" are using. Let's not get caught up in the gadgets! We're creative people, right? and when we can make our own that does the same thing - I say hooray! After all. it's about the making and the end result., not about the tools!
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