Part finishing these projects require blocking. If you don't know, blocking is a method using water (vapor or liquid) to set a piece into the shape you want. It also relaxes the stitches which can even out the look of stitches if they're not quite even in tension.
My requirement for blocking was to relax the piece (it was a bit wavy) and to set the edge design in place (it was twisting/curling a bit so that all the end loops weren't visible). You can see the finished product before blocking below. (Please pardon the quality of photos, I was in a hurry to get the project finished and didn't have a lot of time to spend on photo taking)
Below I have my filet ready to put into the prepared soap water.
Then I laid the filet out on something I could stick pins into. I used my cushioned quilt block cut and press pad, but you could also use a towel, piece of foam, or whatever works for you. I stretched the piece the long way and short way to make the piece a little bigger and stretch the stitches apart a bit.
Finally, I pinned the outer edge in place to the way I wanted it to look. The main purpose was to get the decorative loops to sit nicely and visibly, but also to make sure the piece stayed in the right shape while drying.
I hope you, too, find this tutorial helpful! It's pretty basic and easy, but if you have any questions or comments, please share!