How to apply fabric stiffeners
Commercial Brands/Glue & Water:It's suggested in most pattern instructions to dip your completed piece in the solution. Usually brand name bottles state to "soak" the piece until it's saturated. For best results, use your finger tips and dab the solution on the piece. Press the mixture into the fibers without rubbing the material. Continue to work around the piece, dabbing solution on and pressing in with your finger tips, while holding it just above the bowl of solution. When done, your piece won't be bunched up from having to squeeze out the excess. It retains it's shape and allows for easier molding. Tip: dilute commercial fabric stiffeners with enough water for a consistency of thick pancake mixture.
After cooking the mixture and allowing to cool slightly. Dip your crocheted piece in the solution and press the mixture into the piece with your hands. Take a clean linen towel and fold in half. Remove the crocheted piece from the solution, gently squeeze out excess being careful not to twist or wring the piece and place between the folds of the towel. Press so the towel will absorb any extra solution. Move the crocheted piece to a dry area of the towel and continue to press the towel, absorbing the excess solution.
Sugar & Water Solutions:
Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Dip your crocheted piece in the solution and allow it to absorb the mixture into all the fibers. Gently squeeze out excess being careful not to twist or wring the piece.Other Methods:
Depending on the solution you use, it's advisable to squeeze out the excess solution being careful to never twist or wring the piece.