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I have quite a few doilies I have collected over the years. Some are vintage and so beautiful This is the recipe I use to stiffen them. It works great
- Put sugar and water in a small pan. Over low heat cook and stir mixture constantly until it becomes clear. DO NOT LET IT BOIL! When mixture is completely clear remove from heat and cool.
- Next dampen the crocheted item in fresh water and pat out excess moisture with a towel. Then dip it in the cooled sugar mixture and gently squeeze out any excess liquid.
- If it's a doily simple lay it flat and reshape and let it dry. For a basket, take a bowl that is the desired size, turn it upside down and place the crocheted basket over the bowl to dry.
I love doilies! I have a vague memory of Mother and Grandmother stiffening them with sugar but I didn't remember how they did it. Thank you so much!!