Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blocking Flowers

Poinsettia's that is:
Putting away the last of Christmas, 
I thought it might be a good idea to block these for a few reasons:
1) so they are all ready for next year,
2) to see how they look blocked,
3) see if these would make good ornaments for the tree.

This is what I did:
Pulled out the handy-dandy blocking board I made for 
crocheted snowflake blocking from this post.
 Then gathered up the remaining supplies: pins, starch and bowl.
 Soaked flowers in starch and and wrung out.
 Placed on board with pins.
Let them dry...and that's it:
AFTER and BEFORE


BEFORE:
(I like these too, but not for ornaments.)

AFTER:

Very easy and what a difference!

Poinsettia in-the-round pattern can be found here.

Here they are enjoying the sunshine. :)
We have sunshine today and it may be a good day for a long walk!

Have a sunny day!

29 comments:

  1. That looks wonderful. Thanks for the good idea to pin something.

    Lisa

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    1. You're welcome Lisa. Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. They look great both ways Astri.

    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda...I'm off now to see what you've been stitching. :-)

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  3. They are gorgeous, I would never want to put them away.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Haha, yes I know what you mean. I did; however, find a container that would not crush them to store them in until next year...it will be a fun surprise to open come November. :-)

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  4. Wow! I've always avoided blocking when possible. Didn't realize the difference it made. Thanks for sharing. Your poinsettias are very pretty :-)

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    1. Oh yes, it's like night and day...but they do end up being stiff. For a softer outcome just plain old water would work. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. This is so beautiful! I have never done blocking before and now must do this as the effect is amazing. xx

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    1. Thank you Chel. I am excited to hang them on the tree next year.

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  6. They look really lovely when blocked, Astri. Such a pretty pattern!

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    1. Thank you Sandra. I always think of you and your lovely wreath anytime I work with these. :-)

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  7. They do look much more poinsettia-ish after blocking - but I too like them both ways. They'll make lovely ornaments now! :)

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    1. Thanks Sues. I look forward to next Christmas to hand these, but today I look forward to Spring. It's warmer than usual here so it should be on it's way right?

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  8. They look beautiful either way Astri but I must admit they do look extra special after blocking. :)

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  9. Astri these flowers are just perfectly stunning in every way, colour, shape and design, you are so clever. A lovely post as always Astri, big hugs to you and all my love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you for the comment full of hugs and love Dorothy. You are sweetheart!

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  10. Now there is a lesson in getting off my backside and blocking my CAL picnic blanket squares to get a better finish, Thanks for the inspiration Astri. They are beautiful. Jo x

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    1. Oooo...picnic squares. I must go check them out. Always good to hear from you Jo! Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Your poinsettias are sooo beautiful! ♥ Great job. Liquid starch is what I also use for all kinds of little ornaments that have to be blocked, but I always only pinned them by eye up to now. This graphic template is great, thank you!!
    Have a nice day - Nata

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    1. The template has been life altering Nata. I hope you like it and thank you for stopping by. :-)

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  13. The flowers looks exactly like the christmas flowers "julestjerne" (poinsettia) after blocking!! Great work! :-)

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  14. Love the flowers! Isn't starch grand? Hey, you are really doing great on your weight loss! I NEED to do it too!!!
    xo Kris

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  15. Insatiable crocheteuse !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trop bien !
    Bonne journée ;-)

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  16. Wow Astri - love your pointy pointsettias - for me its a great lesson that those finishing touches really do matter!
    Fab tips on blocking too!
    Thanks
    Ali x

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