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Yarn Bombing



stiffening a crochet piece

Posted by yarnigami on 19 May, 2013 at 19:25

I have been experimenting with stiffening some pieces for my next yarn bomb project.  I did a little research and started with a spray craft stiffener but it did not stiffen as much as I wanted.  I did a little more research and decided to use white glue and water because it seemed the most permanent.

I started by mixing about 50/50 glue and water and soaked the piece and layed it out flat on some plastic.  It took DAYS to dry and was not quite as stiff as I wanted.  So for the next one I used a ratio that was heavier on the glue.  I did not use exact measurements but kept in mind one website's advice that it should look like whipping cream.  (mine probably wasn't that thick)

That one took a good 5 days to dry but it was nice and stiff.  Tonight I did three more pieces soaked in the glue mixture.  It sure soaks up a lot of glue!  I wring them out but you don't want to do that too hard because then it stretches out the shape of the piece too much.

I did two more pieces using a paintbrush to dab the glue mixture on.  I was hoping that this method would use less glue.  I can see that with this method I might have to flip it over after has dried a bit and do the other side too.  But maybe the glue will soak through to the other side?  I will have to wait and see.  I am crocheting the last 4 pieces and then I have to finish glue-stiffening.  This one is a total of 19 pieces that will go together in groups. 

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