If you did not believe in blocking, maybe this will make you a believer. A good soak in some tepid water with a mild wool wash ( I love Eucalen), a roll in a towel to squeeze out the moisture as much as possible, towels on a floor or a blocking board or a bed with a waterproof something laid down and then it is time to shape your piece and pin, pin, pin (with nickel pins, so they won't rust on your piece). T-pins are best so your thumbs don't get punctured. I put a fan on the piece to dry it faster. I just love how this turned out. Now if I only had a good camera and consistant lighting. Grrr.