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Friday, February 26, 2010

Sugar Startch Water

Years ago ladies, starched their doilies to make them stiff and hold various shapes. Now it has almost become a lost art. I’ve had someone recently ask about a sugar water recipe and so here it is:
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
Place sugar and water in a pot. Cook over high heat; but don’t let it boil. Keep stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
Dampen the doily, or item to be stiffened, and wring out excess water. Then dip it into sugar mixture. Wring out the excess, and shape the doily into your desired shape.
Try using this recipe and placing doilies over bowls, vases, and other interesting shapes. This idea works not only on crocheted doilies; but other linens as well. In the winter time, try sugaring small white doilies to use as snowflakes. Or use any doilies found at flea markets or even in your own attic. With this recipe, you can let your creativity run wild.

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