Do you fancy a bit of slap and tickle? I do and regularly. I do it with/to my tatting!! What DID you think I was going to say?
OK, I'll explain. It's my latest way of stiffening small items. Remember the accident I told you about here? Well the reason I could put this right was probably (and I do say probably) due to the way I have taken to stiffening my tatting. Here's how I do it.
First of all I dampen and iron the piece/pieces (under a cloth) so that they're how they should be when finished - see a pile of bits below.
Next I take some white school glue (PVA) - notice how cheap this is for such a huge bottle.
The next step is to put a splodge of the glue into the palm of your wrinkled old hand (if you don't have a wrinkled old hand I'll come and help you - please send money for air fair if appropriate). Now add a little cold water (not sure you can see it - top left of picture).
Mix water and glue together (below) to get a really good mix. Note how it hides some of the wrinkles too!!!!!
Finally - and this is where it gets to be fun - take the piece of tatting and put it on the glue. Now you slap, tickle and squidge the glue mixture into the piece.
My hands got too sticky to take a photo at this stage but the one above was taken just before I did the final 'dry' slap and tickle to get the excess glue off. (You'll find you can slap the excess off if you wash and dry your hands when you've finished and if the rings and picots are not 'clear' of glue.) Finally place on a flat surface and leave to dry.
Well, it works very well for me but there's no guarantee it'll work for you!!!