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Triyal
« on: March 11, 2005 03:36:20 PM »

Sorry if this is a really simple/stupid question, but I just made a wallet from crochet, and it's bugging me that its so floppy. Is there anyway I could spray something or do something to it to make it stiff? Thankyou!
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2005 04:45:58 PM »

rub some elmers glue into it or use some starch
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2005 07:26:41 AM »

The next time you make an item you want to be stiffer, just double or triple your yarn.  Working multiple skein of yarn together will give it the stiffness you desire.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2006 07:02:50 PM »

rub some elmers glue into it or use some starch
I was wondering the same thing....I know this thread it's old but I decided in replyin as to not start a new one.  I've seen like these small crochet white angels that stand up on their own because they're so stiff.  I know they were made with only one thread of crochet (meaning they didnt double them or anything) so how would one apply the glue or starch to make them so stiff?  An older person told me once they were made by making a mixture of either sugar or salt and water.  Then you'd dip it in, and let it dry.  But before I fill up my house with mosquitos and ants I was wanted to ask here instead.
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2006 09:06:57 PM »

i think it depends on the yarn/thread you're using and it definitely depends on the hook and your tension. my mom yells at me because she says i always crochet so tight, and when i do amigurumis, i use one hook size smaller than recommended on the yarn. no stuffin is comin outta my animals! lol. obviously you'll probably have to find a way to make your pattern way bigger if you do this. thats always my problem, my stitches never come out the same as the gauge, even if i do use the right size hook. hope i helped a little =) by the way, a crocheted wallet?? do you have pics? i'm intrigued, that must have been hard!
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2006 11:13:18 PM »

To make the angels stiff, You get them wet, them dip in glue mixed with a little water, then put over a form and let dry.
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2006 12:55:39 PM »

I like to use commercial stiffener for my crochet pieces.  I use Stiffy (hee hee)--it comes in a white bottle with a pink label and  you can dilute it to control how stiff it will make your work.  You can use glue thinned with water, but as time goes on it will usually turn yellow.  Sugar syrup will work but it gets sticky in high humidity and will wilt if it gets wet.  I've used a corn starch solution for doilies but it will also wilt if it gets wet.

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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2006 01:36:22 PM »

I think you can use liquid starch for this.  It comes in a jug at the laundry section of the store.  Saturate your item and then block it into the shape you want and leave it until it is dry.   
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2006 08:39:11 PM »

what about spray starch?
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