First, soak the item. You can use almost any bucket/bowl/sink that holds water. Put in your favorite fibre cleaning stuff. I use Soak, which comes in many smells including unscented.
Depending on your fibre type, the length of time you let the item soak will vary. Since this has silk in it, I don't let it soak any longer than 20 minutes. Wool/camelid fibres take longer in order to saturate fully.
Carefully drain, and press out excess water. If you have a lot of dye bleeding, I rinse in cool water until it runs clear. It makes it easier to handle and I know it won't bleed on my clothing or towels by doing this.
Gather your materials together.
|wet shawl, ruler, and pins|
|pull into rough triangle on towel|
|You'll like what comes next.|
I like to pin out the top of the shawl next. Because I have my blocking wires available today, I decided to use them rather than pinning each picot out individually. That is an option, or you can use a narrow cotton yarn (thin twine) and a yarn needle to thread the yarn through the tops of the picots the way I have done with the blocking wires. It decreases the number of pins you'll use when blocking, and it is the Russian Method of blocking that was immortalized by the Yarn Harlot. Seriously, check out her tutorial, it's worth every second.
|I like to do each side out from the center.|
|1/2 of the top picots threaded|
|See, Tpins! And my Jammie legs! Hmm, and the oldest son is stockpiling soda under his chair.|
|measure out both sides, and pin the edges|
|Add Ubiquitous T Pin!|
Now, we do the fun part!
Measure out from the center motif, and Pin!
|first one side|
|then the other!|
|because of short time, I did 3 per side before moving to the other side|