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WTB: Needlework blocking board

Discussion in 'Commercial Posts, For Sale of Framing Shop Stuff a' started by MnSue, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. MnSue

    MnSue SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Looking for the wooden needle arts blocking boards and nails...

    Susan | MnSue
    Framing Solutions MN
    W.D. Quinn Saw Co.
  2. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    You can't make your own?
  3. Pat Murphey

    Pat Murphey SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    They come with a measuring grid and the aluminum nails that fit. Peg board is OK but not the same.


    Last edited: Aug 19, 2018
  4. MnSue

    MnSue SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I actually have made my own -which works ok... to adequately enough.

    I'm still looking for "the real thing!"
  5. Artifacts Gal

    Artifacts Gal CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

  6. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I've purchased a few blocking boards over the years, but the best one I ever had was one I made out of white PVC sheeting, aka Sintra brand. Its smooth surface will not snag, it is non-hygroscopic (nonporous), durable, and you can easily insert push-pins into the soft plastic board.

    I bought a piece of the 1/2" thick, white, PVC sheeting from a home improvement store (Home Depot, Menard's, or maybe it was Lowe's), cut it to 30" square (but you can make any size you like), and sanded the edges. Then, using my Fletcher manual matcutter's straight blade on both sides of the board, I scored very shallow, perpendicular lines to make a grid of 1/2" squares. As a guide for the scoring, I made very small pencil marks along all four edges of the board, and erased them later.

    For the blocking, I suggest following the instructions given in the PPFA Guidelines for Framing Textiles and Needlework, but here's a brief description:
    Along the scored, perpendicular lines of the board, align two edges of the moistened (not soaked) needlepoint and hold them in position using push-pins. Then, pull the other two sides into squareness under moderate tension and use more push-pins to secure all sides of the needlepoint. The blocking process may require two or three stretchings in order to square it completely.
    Joe B and CB Art & Framing like this.
  7. monkframe

    monkframe Grumbler

    Did you find one? I have two, which is one more than I need.
  8. monkframe

    monkframe Grumbler

    I've sold my extra board, thanks for looking.
W.D. Quinn Saw Co.

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