Step into a world of crochet!
Established in 1997, we continue to offer hundreds of quality patterns for immediate download.
Pattern Categories

 Afghans & Throws
 Pillows & Bolsters
 Thread Angels
 Yarn Angels
 Gift Bags & Purses
 Hanger Covers
 Totes & Bags
 Baby  Baskets
 Decorative Fans
 Decorative Hats
 Bath Bath Patterns Sub-Categories
      Bath - General
      Country Elegance Set
      Lacy Shell Set
      Victorian Heart Bath Set
      Slanted Shell Bath Set
      Victorian Pineapple Set
      Holiday Bath

 Kitchen Kitchen Patterns Sub-Categories
      Kitchen - General
      Broom Covers
      Dishsoap Aprons
      Potholder & Hotpads
      Teapot & Teacups
      Toaster Covers
      Towel Toppers
      Wine Holders

 Dining Room Dining Patterns Sub-Categories
     Casserole Covers
     Napkin Rings
 Birdhouse - Birdcages  Children's Bookmarks
 Feminine Bookmarks
 Holiday Bookmarks
 Religious Bookmarks
 Bridal Decor
 Bridal Accessories
 Craft Patterns  Crinolines
 Birthday Crinolines
 Crinoline Circle Doilies
 Holiday Crinolines
 Miniature Crinolines
 Special Occasion Crinolines
 Crinoline Runners
 Custom Patterns
 Special Occasion
 Doilies Doily Patterns Sub-Categories
     Doilies - General
     Crinoline Circle Doilies
     Filet Doilies
     Floral Doilies
     Holiday Doilies
     Motif Doilies
     Pineapple Doilies
     Pinwheel Doilies
     Ruffled Doilies
     Seasonal Doilies
     Vintage Doilies

 Table Toppers
 Gardening  Valentines
 St. Patrick's Day
 4th of July

 Christmas Christmas Patterns Sub-Categories
     Christmas - General
     Thread Angels
     Yarn Angels
     Tree Skirts

 Bowls & Boxes
 Candle Holders
 Mantel Scarves
 Misc. Home Decor
 Wreaths & Swags
 Pets  Runners & Scarves  Filet
 Spider Web
 Betty Stevens
 Barbara Major
 Marta Nelson
 Other Designers
 Crochet Booklets/Packs

Other Categories

 Crochet Hook Info
 Crochet Thread Info
 Basic Crochet Info
 More Basic Crochet Info
 Basic Crochet Chart
 Advanced Crochet Chart
 Crochet Tips & Hints
 Crochet Conversions
 Crochet Shaping Info
 Crochet Blocking Info
 About Stiffeners
 Care Instructions
 Crochet in Languages
 Free Patterns Free Patterns Sub-Categories
     Free Patterns - General
     Patterns by Category
     Patterns by Holiday

 Current Newsletter
 Crochet Memories Blog
 8-Sided Template
 6-12-Sided Template
 Preferred Crochet Suppliers
 Crochet Booklets/Packs
 Link to Crochet Memories
 Crochet Sites
 Craft Sites
 Craft Resources
 Crochet & Craft Charities

Proud Members of Protection Status
Copyright protected!

Better Internet Bureau

Crochet Guild of America

Follow me on Twitter Follow me on Pinterest Crochet Memories Blog Follow me on Facebook Follow me on LinkedIn Follow me on Google Plus

Crochet Blocking & Shaping Information

Use our Jump-To menu below for quick reference to.  
Work Area

It's always best to use a hard flat work surface protected with plastic wrap while working. If you don't have a separate work area, try using an odd sized counter top from your local hardware store (inexpensive). These make for a wonderful make shift work area that can be easily removed from your kitchen or other heavily trafficed area to a spare bedroom while your piece dries.

Back to the top

Work Surface

Many people profess to have the ideal work surface for molding or shaping doilies. In truth, the work surface only needs to be as large as the item your molding or shaping. However, I like to have a fairly large one so I can use it for almost anything I need to shape, now and in the future.

I've found that styrofoam or cardboard bases are easy to work with. They're sturdy and flat but also allow pins to penetrate and secure your piece while drying. In either case, you'll have to replace your surface every so often if you do a lot of molding. Other surfaces that can be adapted are ironing board tops, matting, and corkboard, or see how to construct a starching block at bottom of our blocking information page. Or for best results, I've found that the CYBAR, the ultimate blocking and shaping board is perfect for when you want to achieve professional standards.

For a professional appearance, it's important that doilies or crocheted bases be shaped evenly. Use our eight-sided and six to twelve-sided template for evenly shaped circles.

Back to the top

Starching Solutions

We have provided a list of types of stiffening solutions to help you determine which is the right one for you, or achieves the desired effect you want.

Back to the top


  • 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. I don't prefer this method myself, although I do state in my instructions to dip your crocheted piece in the solution. For best results, I use my finger tips and dab the solution on the piece. I press the mixture into the fibers without rubbing the material. I continue to work around the piece, dabbing solution on and pressing in with my 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. I also dilute commercial fabric stiffeners with enough water for a consistency of thick pancake batter.

  • Cornstarch/Starch 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.

Back to the top

paypal Bookmark and Share
Related Pages
Basic Crochet Information

Basic information you should know
We Accept
Major credit cards
Mondy Orders
Social Networks

| Sitemap | | Booklets & Magazines | | About our Patterns | | How to Order | | Crochet Basics |