I've seen blocking guides in some books but never used them. After Jon mentioned she used polar graph paper to draw her patterns, I downloaded a couple, but have yet to start using them. Last night, I completed tatting Iris Niebach's Heart Doily and was ready to block it. Of course I saw my polar graph sheets staring back at me and an idea struck! Voila, now I have (almost) nice round doilies.
Recently I tatted a few motifs to be used as pendants. However when the motifs were completed, I found the motifs tend to flop. Blocking didn't help to keep the motifs straight. So I decided to try stiffening them. I'm happy to report that mixing a little water with white glue works wonders. Depending on how stiff you want the motif to be, layer on glue-water after the earlier coat dries.
Yay! I'm stiffening (and blocking at the same time) a few of the older motifs I could use for