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Straight laced. Spiral laced. Cobra laced.





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Parents need to know that some projects are easier than others, and they may want to look through all the directions before selecting one to start. No ads, but the author recommends various kinds of lacing and sources of supply.

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Scout troops and summer camps make use of a lot of plastic lacing, also known as \"gimp\" and boondoggle. The colorful, flexible strands can be twisted and interlaced to make useful items like lanyards and keychains. This site takes the craft to high art: It teaches more than 15 basic stitches. Included are the exotic \"Chinese Staircase,\" the sinister \"Cobra,\" and the intricate \"Corkscrew.\"

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All projects feature close-up photos and detailed instructions so you won't be tied up in knots yourself. First, you need to learn the basics, especially the correct way to count your stitches while making a project. There are clear instructions on how to do that, too. And what exciting projects are offered! There's an excellent and realistic cobra bracelet, a fishy zipper pull, and even a rocket ship.

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  • Families can talk about the benefits of being creative. What do crafts teach you? Patience? Imagination? How can you apply those things to other areas of life?

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Teen, 13 years old Written byJosieGrl April 1, 2011

Okay, call me nerdy, but...

this site is fun! taught me how to do some pretty kewl gimp stitches! Some can be frustrating for younger kids though.
Teen, 15 years old Written byLilmarvy24 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Adult Written byJudeRadke April 9, 2008
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My enthusiasm for this craft grew even more!

This website is a great resource for me as I love to play with gimp and plan to form a club for middle school students in the fall. Now I have all summer to play around and create examples for my students so they can see what they can do. The photography is excellent-you can teach yourself easily with a little practice. It is great to learn how to finish the projects cleanly so that they will last long and look great. Thank you!!


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