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Stiffener for yarn project
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Jul 29, 2013 14:57:07   #
I am making crochet angels for key rings. I am using Sugar and Cream cotton. What can I use to stiffen them so they will hang right. They seem to curl . I need an answer asap as they will be a gift.
Thank you in advance.
Jul 29, 2013 15:04:36   #
You can either use white glue, thinned down, or sugar water. This is what my aunt always used.
Jul 29, 2013 15:12:42   #
Beautiful angels....white glue thinned would be my suggestion or perhaps spray starch.
Jul 29, 2013 15:21:09   #
Irene McClintock
When I stiffen any thing it is a 50/50 mix of white glue and water then if I need it to dry quickly I use my blow hair dryer Irene
Jul 29, 2013 15:22:30   #
I agree with the glue process. If the angels were to get wet after using the sugar water, you'd have a very sticky mess on your hands. Good to see you on line Whippet. How are you feeling? Sure hope your trials are all behind you. Greatgramma (Dawn)
Jul 29, 2013 15:26:47   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
Jul 29, 2013 15:51:52   #
I use liquid starch or white glue/water. I personally like the liqued starch, both are pretty inexpensive
Jul 29, 2013 19:00:17   #
Fifty years ago when I was in nursing school and we were expected to wear stiffly starched caps we used liquid starch full strength and dried them on plate glass to get a shiny finish. That process lasted several months (actually longer than they stayed clean). A mirror was a good glass surface so long as cleaning the mirror was not too much trouble. LOL
Jul 30, 2013 06:24:12   #
Also starch and gelatine. :thumbup:
Jul 30, 2013 07:13:24   #
jonibee (a regular here)
Whippet wrote:
I am making crochet angels for key rings. I am using Sugar and Cream cotton. What can I use to stiffen them so they will hang right. They seem to curl . I need an answer asap as they will be a gift.
Thank you in advance.

I know designer Alan Dart uses hair spray and lets it dry to stiffen.. quote..Stiffen brim with hair spray arranging hat on a flat surface and leaving until completely dry"...(taken from his instructions on Barnicle Bill the pirate figure doll.. I have a bottle of Craft Drape (non-toxix) that I purchased years ago brand name Fibre Craft it says it shapes and stiffens fabric, ribbon, lace, doilies a concentrated liquid can be thinned with is white and dries clear. The name of the company is Fibre-Craft Materials Corp. Niles Il 60648 made in the USA it also says to use stainless steel pins to be used in pinning article as they don't rust...once dry the shape remains rigid and water resistant to be used on "color fast" items..
Jul 30, 2013 07:23:51   #
Fabric stiffener is perfect and pretty inexpensive. Most of the big box hobby stores sell it and with a 40% off coupon to boot.
Jul 30, 2013 09:08:39   #
I have always used binned white glue and set them on waxed paper or plastic wrap..
Craft stores such a Joann's and Michaels sell specialty products but if you read the ingredients they are probably water and white glue!
Jul 30, 2013 13:13:50   #
I always used Aileen's Stiffen Stuff for my angels and snowflakes. Worked pretty good on a hat I made too.
Jul 30, 2013 16:12:34   #
liquid starch
Aug 4, 2013 19:40:33   #
Thanks everyone.
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