Starching Crochet

midnightsmum (Z4, ON)May 30, 2011

Well, this is way OT, and I thought about posting on the craft forum, but whenever I post outside of this forum I never get good advice.

I have started crocheting Christmas Angels. Keeps my hands busy at work. lol. I work on the phones, brain not required. This helps keep me focused. They are then to be starched and blocked so that they standup by themselves. I have used cornstarch and sugar many years in the past, but would not like to use something like glue, or some other permanent stiffener - any ideas?

Thanks guys, I will cook some regular starch up to make an example and post it later.

TIA, Nancy.

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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Well, duh! When in doubt, read the intructions, it had that info!!

Nancy - whose face is red.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 11:29AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I have a couple of those angels. One is an ornament and the other was once a tree-topper. Her skirt isn't as stiff as it once was. Is there something I can do to make it stiff again?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 5:44PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Hi Natal - it depends on what was used originally to do the job. I am going to use craft glue, 50/50 with water to do the job. I hope to pick some up tomorrow, to try this out on the weekend. If you like, I can post pics and results when it dries.....

Nancy.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 10:25PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I have no idea what was originally used. I bought them at a crafts fair.

I'd love to see pics when you finish.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 5:58PM
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plays_in_dirt_dirt(Z7A VA bordering NC state line)

I read the forum nearly everyday but rarely post, so you won't recognize my name.

About starching the angels ... I crochet only flat ornaments (flakes, bells, wreaths, etc.) and starch them with a 50 - 50 solution of water and multi-purpose glue. One year I bought a "bargain" school glue for 14 cents a bottle. Don't make that mistake. All the ornaments turned a nasty, dark brown color. Really ugly. Now I buy only Elmer's. I salvaged the ornaments but it took several washings.

Hope this helps,
Barbara in Virginia zone 7

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 5:46PM
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plays_in_dirt_dirt(Z7A VA bordering NC state line)

I read the forum nearly everyday but rarely post, so you won't recognize my name.

About starching the angels ... I crochet only flat ornaments (flakes, bells, wreaths, etc.) and starch them with a 50 - 50 solution of water and multi-purpose glue. One year I bought a "bargain" school glue for 14 cents a bottle. Don't make that mistake. All the ornaments turned a nasty, dark brown color. Really ugly. Now I buy only Elmer's. I salvaged the ornaments but it took several washings.

Hope this helps,
Barbara in Virginia zone 7

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 6:06PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Thanks Barbara - I appreciate your input. These angels are 3D, and lots of work. That is why I am wary of what I am doing. Pattern Book says craft glue, 50/50 with water, but since they must 'stand' on their' skirts, it ain't enough. I bought some 'podge' stuff at the dollar store, but it is lumpy - not wasting $$'s on that again. I think that good craft glue, full strength, may be the way to go - again, been busy, will try to get and post pics!!

Thanks All, Nancy.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 12:30AM
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plays_in_dirt_dirt(Z7A VA bordering NC state line)

Nancy, I think you're right about the craft/multi-purpose full strength being necessary to make the angels "stand" on their skirts. I don't make the dimensional items because I didn't know what kind of form to pin them to for drying. That's why I stick to flat ornaments. What kind of form do you use for shaping/drying?

Here's a good link discussing different stiffeners. She has an embedded link on 3D items:
http://crochet.tangleweeds.com/stiffeners.html

Hope this helps,
Barbara in Virginia zone 7a

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 9:28AM
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