Monday, August 23, 2010

Blocking, Blocking, Blocking

The photo of this WIP has nothing to do really with the subject of this post- at least not yet! But when I got on Ravelry, I noticed that the difference between a nice looking crocheted project and a spectacular one, was contingent upon whether or not the project had been properly blocked.

As a teacher of advanced crochet techniques and the basics of knitting, I have to say that the three most important things that I teach students are:

* Wash Your Hands Before You Touch The Yarn/Thread.

* Weave In Your Ends And Sew Your Seams Neatly And Invisibly

* Block Your Pieces To Showcase Fabulous Detail In Your Project

I have noticed that many people do not pay strict attention to the second two details, and sadly the photos of their projects lack luster and impressiveness because of it. This is especially true in the case of blocking.

Ladies and Gentlemen: BLOCK YOUR WORK. After all, don't you knit and crochet in the first place to create a stunning and spectacular work of art ? ?