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Starching Crocheted Items

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Crocheted doilies and other finished projects often are starched to keep their shape. This guide is about starching crocheted items.
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January 27, 20170 found this helpful

Three crocheted doilies.

Certain crochet projects, such as doilies or ornaments, need to be starched to stiffen them upon completion. This is a guide about starch recipe for crocheted items.

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December 20, 2010

I'm looking for a recipe for starching doilies with sugar water, to a very hard finish. It is a doily basket. I used to know this years ago and have forgotten it. Can someone help me? Thanks.

By Sharon from Santa Rosa, CA

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December 22, 20100 found this helpful
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I have used elmers white glue to stiffen crocheted objects. Dilute the glue by half. 2on glue 1 on water. This drys clear and if object gets dirty can be washed, just restiffen. If stored will not attract bugs either.

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December 22, 20100 found this helpful
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Sugar Starch Recipe for doilies

This is the old-fashioned starch used for lacy doilies.

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup granulated sugar

Mix water and sugar in a small pan. Stir the mixture over low heat (do not boil) until clear and not sugary. Remove pan from heat, and let mixture cool.

Wet the collar and cuffs of a blouse or lace doily. Roll in a towel to remove excess moisture and dip it into the mixture. Squeeze out excess starch, then shape the collar and cuffs or doily. Allow to dry and iron on warm setting.

Doilies do not need to be ironed when you use this starch. Just smooth out and shape while wet on a clean flat surface.

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September 10, 2008

Is regular kitchen corn starch good to use for starching crocheted items?

Pat from Estacada, OR

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September 10, 20080 found this helpful
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Spray starch

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September 12, 20080 found this helpful
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I have used cornstarch and water mixture mainly because I can't find liquid starch anywhere.

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September 11, 20080 found this helpful

No, use laundry starch

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April 13, 2011

I am looking for the starch recipe my mother used on crocheted doilies to make them super stiff and hard. They would not droop during humid weather.

By Luwanna from Xenia, OH

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April 14, 20110 found this helpful
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I use any bottled liquid starch I find at Wal Mart or anyplace similar. It's always worked great for my doilies. I simply pour a small amount into a bowl. I place the doilies in the bowl, and add enough water to cover, mixing for just a few seconds. I allow them to soak for approximately 1-2 minutes, then roll them up in a towel to get most of the moisture out. After that I iron them as usual.

I find I only have to do this about every 4-5 washings, simply using a light spray starch in the meantime.

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