What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
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.
What's it about?
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.\"
Is it any good?
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.
Families can talk about...
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?