I just started knitting my lace Chuppah from the Interweave Magazine 2007. The only thing I am concerned about is the blocking, so if you have any tips, that would be great. I will post more pictures when I am farther along.
Thank you for all the advice. Everything is helpful. Although I am not getting married yet (not engaged or anything) I plan on putting this in my hope chest for my future wedding (God willing).
I made this chuppah for my daughter's wedding in 6/08. It was a fun knit and turned out just splendidly, if I do say so myself!
I blocked the chuppah on the floor of a good-sized room. I soak-washed it first in Eucalan, and then spread out a bunch of large sheets & towels on the carpeted floor. I next measured out my desired finished measurements on the floor so that I'd know what blocked size I was aiming to achieve. I used blocking wires & pins, and just stuck the pins right into the carpet on top of the towels. I highly recommend getting blocking wires for this project, if you don't already have them. You might even need 2 sets depending on the size of the finished chuppah. The job of laying it out and pinning took a couple of hours, so plan to do this when you have the uninterrupted time. It blocked beautifully.
One other note is that the chuppah fabric can be fairly stretchy and heavy, even when blocked, which can lead to unwanted sagging in the middle of the chuppah when it is set up. Our florist was aware of this ahead of time, and she had attached a couple of 2" wide ribbons across the frame to help support it.
I has pictures of my chuppah on ravelry - my screenname is "mathiemom". Feel free to send me a message through ravelry if you need specific advice on the chuppah.
Mazel tov on your upcoming wedding!
Thank you for the blocking video information. I'm sure it will be helpful.
I have never heard of the "bottom drawer," but it does sound similar to the hope chest.
I promise to post pictures as I progress. [:)]
Hi there Knit Friend!!
There is a good video posted on this site all about blocking. On the top bar, cursor to ''Videos'' - choose the second option ''Knitting Daily TV'' on the drop-down that shows up. The video for blocking is on page 2. It is titled ''Blocking Larger ...'', posted Mon 15 June 09. It is 5:19 mins long. This should give you the help you need.
That's the tech bit over!
Your project is a lovely idea - I have read your Bio and it made me think of a British tradition - that of the 'bottom drawer' where a bride-to-be would collect household linen and suchlike that she wanted for her future home. She would keep the items in her bottom drawer - just like your 'hope chest'.
I am looking forward to seeing your Chuppah progressing! :) :) :)