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    Sorry that this is really vague but I remember making crochet baskets yonks ago that were dipped into something before putting the baskets over a bowl to mould it.

    It's that something that I can't remember, and I'm wondering if anyone on here knows what the heck I'm talking about, lol. I think there was sugar in it, but don't quote me on that.

    Or does anyone know a way of hardening fabric in a different manner?
    Fae ~ Designed by Fae
    My blogs: Jewellery - General Crafting

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    I dissolved sugar in water over a low heat before putting the crochet in then moulding it over a bowl. Sorry I can't remember the ratio of sugar to water, maybe google would help.

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    • #3
      I didn't know about the sugar thing. Doesn't it dissolve or go sticky if the thing gets wet?

      I would have suggested old fashioned starch, cook up like a custard, dip ans dry. wet and set if you want to shape it. Robin is the one in the shops but book binding spe******ts sell a creamier version.

      Or commercial fabric stiffener. In haberdashery shops. You might have to ask for it. Not sure what it's meant for. Pelmets? But we use in on hats.
      It looks like PVA glue to me, but what do I know...... You can buy it in a squirty can or a poury can.

      AnnieAnna

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      • #4
        A word of warning....

        about using sugar and water.

        I remember doing this once as I had run out of starch. I spilled the container on the carpet and just soaked it up with some towels.

        The next morning, I had a line of ants from the front door to the living room all trying to get their bit of the action!!! I was hoovering them up for weeks! LOL

        Hope this helps and good luck with finding a solution

        Alison
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        12 High Street, Eccleshall, STAFFS, ST21 6BZ Tel: 01785 859360

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        • #5
          Sugar in water is the old way of doing it (it was the original hair gel as well). No problems with stickiness or ants if you get the proportions right. Can't remember what they are though. Another thing to try is PVA glue in water but again I can't remember the proportions. I'll try to remember to ask my mother in law since she stiffens a lot of her tatting.
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          • #6
            Did you solve your problem Fae, I have a small project going and wanted to try it out. I assumed you were looking for something a bit more permanent than sugar water or starch, I would be.
            Carol
            God helps them that help themselves.

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            • #7
              I've been waiting for my fabric scraps from eBay to arrive, which they did today.

              I'm going to try PVA glue and water. I think the ratio is 50:50.

              I'll let you know how I get on (or don't, lol)
              Fae ~ Designed by Fae
              My blogs: Jewellery - General Crafting

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              • #8
                PVA will yellow over time.

                I googled and found this site http://crochet.about.com/gi/dynamic/...m/crochet8.php
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pollyanna-patchwork View Post
                  about using sugar and water.

                  I remember doing this once as I had run out of starch. I spilled the container on the carpet and just soaked it up with some towels.

                  The next morning, I had a line of ants from the front door to the living room all trying to get their bit of the action!!! I was hoovering them up for weeks! LOL

                  Hope this helps and good luck with finding a solution

                  Alison

                  I know that this is off on a bit of a tangent...but you need to kill the line of ants (stops more coming - don;t let any escape) and cover their smell - thats how they find their way back. I find cinnamon works quite well - not toxic to pets either (some of those ant killer pods will also kill cats!)

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