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Starching Your Crochet

Items to be starched should be damp so that the solution can saturate
more evenly and quickly. Cover shapes being used or surfaces with plastic
wrap; the wrap will not stick to the item. Be very sure that your pins are
rustproof; all stiffeners tend to make pins rust more quickly. It is advisable
to test any stiffener before using, because sometimes it can cause
discolouration of the item.

Sugar and Water Solution:
Mix equal parts of sugar and water in small pan; heat or bring to a boil so
sugar is melted. Remove from heat and let cool. Immerse the item in the
solution; squeeze out excess. Shape, pin as needed and let dry thoroughly.
Sugar is not recommended for any seasonal item that will be stored. Mice
love sugar and will eat the whole thing!! Sugar can be washed out and
redone as needed.

Starch:
When I was younger there was dry laundry starch and liquid but I haven’t
seen those in years unfortunately because they worked great for doilies.
We do have spray starch and it is very good for doilies etc. as it gives just
enough body so the flat doily will hold it’s shape. Lay the doily right side
down on towel, spray with starch, shape and let dry. Press if needed.

White Glue:
A mixture of two parts water to one part white glue works well for small items
such as snowflakes. Saturate the item, squeeze out the excess and shape.
Let dry completely.

Sugar, starch and white glue can be washed out and redone whenever
needed.

I welcome any other ideas for stiffening your project just drop me an email
with your suggestions and I will add them to this list.