Easy Blocking With Spray Starch Tutorial
Have you ever made a small lacy motif like a snowflake or doily and was dissapointed at how misshapen it turned out? These types of small projects need special blocking.
Wet blocking might pull it into shape, but it’s “lacy-ness” can benefit from starching.
There are three types of starching: spray starch, liquid starch and sugar starch. This tutorial will show you how to do the easiest — spray starching.
This tutorial is part of my Motif of the Month December 2013: Snowflake Motif video. I’ve excerpted it below so you can watch just the part about blocking or check out the photo tutorial in this post.
What you’ll need:
- Project that needs to be blocked
- Spray Starch (found on the laundry detergent aisle)
- Blocking Boards (substitute with an ironing board or folded towel)
- Rust free blocking pins (sewing pins work great)
Get the project that needs blocking.
Start by pinning the center of the project.
Pin the points of your project out.
Keep pinning every single spot that you want to be highlighted once it is blocked. You will use up tons of pins so keep lots on hand.
Get your spray starch.
Let it dry completely. Unpin and enjoy!
What is your favorite way to block with starch? Let us know below. And if you prefer to watch the full video on spray blocking you can check out right here.
Can a the project be washed after starching? Will the starch wash off?
YOu can wash it, but it will need to be restarched after. 🙂
Thank you so much for this information. I am crocheting and I use glue dilluted with water until now but I am not very pleased with the result. Where can I get this spray because I looked and it does not say heavy starch is mostly for ironing are there any other brands you can suggest?
You can also use liquid starch, if you can’t find the spray kind. I believe the brand is called Sta-Flo.
Does this work for acrylic projects?
Sure will, anything you need stiff, the spray starch will work on. 🙂