Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Starching Petticoats!

  I received this post by email from Joy and wanted to share it with everyone: I would of loved to see these petticoats floating in the wind.  I would of been a youngester at that time.

In the late 50's we wore petticoats that we wanted to stand out as much as possible. We washed them by hand in sugar or plain non color gelatin(like jello) and then we hung them on the outside clothes line between out stretched on several lines.
I don't remember the recipe. Maybe some one else who is 70 to 75 remembers the recipe. I would also love to have it.


I wanted to check again to see if anyone else remembers this recipe.

I found this on the internet:
Sugar and water solution is my favorite. I've not had any problems occur using this mixture and I've lived in Hawaii, Nevada, Florida and California, high dry deserts to humid sea level conditions. Nor has any piece shaped using this solution been attacked by insects. I recommend using Mod Podge Matte Mat finish on your piece if you'd like to protect it further from moisture. This will produce a permanent finish. I apply two coats using a sponge allowing the piece to dry between applications.

Recipes (2 methods):
    Bring equal portions of sugar and water to a rapid boil, remove from heat and cool slightly.
      Bring water to a boil, and add sugar. Return to a boil and boil for a few minutes, or until like thin corn syrup. For best results in molding, boiling time may vary. Try experimenting in 2 minute increments for the best time for your climate and area. General rule of thumb, less boiling time results in longer drying time, while boiling too long may result in sugar crystals forming
      Procedures:
    Dip piece in solution, gently squeeze out excess being careful not to twist or wring the piece. Shape according to pattern instructions.
      Cool the cooked mixture slightly and dip piece in solution, gently squeeze out excess being careful not to twist or wring the piece. Shape according to pattern instructions.  
      Results:
      This produces a non-permanent hard finish which allows the natural feel of the crochet to come through.

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