I was starting to run out, again, of some of the colours and debating how to proceed. My original intention was to go for 11 x 13 squares (I'm an odd number person!), that's 143 squares. My youngest son kept telling me it was still too small even when I got to that number last night. But my enthusiasm was starting to wane slightly for making all the squares and how difficult still it was to choose each colour combination for each square as I proceeded. So I decided to start making a border for the blanket. I didn't want to waste any little bit of wool so I am just using up every part ball I have left and going around the edge.
On a different subject, I just got one of my little hankies out of the washing mashing and hung it on the washing line. When dry, it's just a crumpled mess.
The tatted motifs are all bunched up and looking pretty messy!
Some people would recommend pinning every picot and steaming or pressing lightly. That would take aaaaaages! If I was giving this as a gift, no doubt I would invest the time required to pin every picot but just for me? Certainly not.
Five minutes later, here is what my hanky looks like. Restored to its original loveliness. Ok, maybe 6 minutes. Working on the reverse side (as the tatting was curling back that way), I use the tip of the iron to gently push each motif flat and pressed lightly. If you looked carefully you will see that using this method results in a few picots facing the wrong way here and there but overall, it's looking pretty good for minimum effort.
I like hankies and I use them all the time. I nearly always have one in my handbag or pocket. If it took an eternity to iron them every time I washed them (and I wash in the washing machine too), I wouldn't use them so much. This method works well for me and doesn't take long.
Now, I have to say that I have yet to wash one of my bigger pieces so I don't know what that would look like coming out of the washing machine!
How about you? What's your preferred method for washing tatting and getting it looking as good as new again afterwards?