Assembling the frame
Haapsalu lace shows its true beauty only after blocking.
The finished shawl is hand washed in lukewarm water using wool detergent. Do not wring it out! The shawl needs to be blocked after each wash.
How to block a rectangular shawl
The frame is only partially assembled before blocking, because the width of the shawl becomes clear when blocking.
Start by joining one extended bar (photos 1-4) without holes and one bar with holes (photo 5).
- Start blocking the shawl from a corner at one of the ends.
- Spread the scallops of the lace edge on the pins without overly distorting the centre lace section of the shawl. Find a suitable distance between the scallops (for example every 2 or 3 pins) or a rhythmic pattern (for example once every 2 pins, then once every 3 pins).
- This determines the suitable width of the frame.
The other sidebar of the frame can now be attached.
- Tension the sides of the shawl to the frame, while alternating between sides. Find a suitable distance between the scallops (for example every 2 or 3 pins) or a rhythmic pattern (for example once every 2 pins, then once every 3 pins).
- If the scallops do not match the pins, a stainless steel blocking wire can be used. Thread the wire through the scallop and place the wire behind the row of pins. The scallop can then be adjusted as needed.