Blocking Your Needlepoint

Shops often provide blocking and finishing services. This entails spraying water on the finished piece, if the threads used will tolerate this, and then using stainless steel staples or tacks to square off on the blocking board to make all stitches even.

If the finished piece is square (another good reason for using a frame) a light steaming on the backside, with cloth or towel between your canvas and the steam of the iron, may be used. (Do not place the iron directly on stitches.)

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