Remember the following tips while working on projects. They will save you time
and energy in the long run, not to mention they're awesome!
Get yourself a RULER or TAPE MEASURE and USE IT
ALWAYS! If it says a project needs 2 feet of one color and 3 feet of
another color, guess what, THAT'S EXACTLY how much is needed. If you
simply take a strand of scoubidou of any length, you'll either RUN OUT and
not be able to successfully complete a project, or else you'll have GOBS
LEFT OVER, which will only go to WASTE
how to FIND THE CENTRE of a strand of Scoubidou.
do NOT have to pull your stitches EXTREMELY tight. I happen to myself, but
that's only because I'm a grown man. The tip to remember is to maintain
the same level of pull to each of your stitches. If some of your stitches
are loose and others tight, you'll notice your projects have an odd look
to them, where some of the project appears "fat", while other
portions appear "thin"...
you have to stop working on a project before it is completed, use a paper
clip to keep the ends of your scoubidou in place, right after the last
stitch you completed. Place the project somewhere where you can allow the
ends of the scoubidou that you have not yet used to dangle or lie flat.
Try NOT to simply crumple the whole project up and stuff it in your
pocket. Doing this will cause the strands to become hard to work with.
you can, work outside in the sunlight. The sun can make working with the
strands easier, as the heat makes the scoubidou more pliable (squishy),
which makes threading the ends into their loops all the more easy. You'll
notice that as the day wears on and evening sets in, the strands begin to
get harder to work with.
you complete a project, finish it off properly using the completion stitch. You can then trim
the project to allow 1 to 1½ inches of tassel. If you'd like to complete
the project without tassels, pull your last stitch EXTREMELY tight, then
put it away for 12-24 hours before you trim off the leftover strands.
Doing this will "train" the scoubidou to hold its shape, and you
can then trim the excess very close to your work WITHOUT the need to use
GLUE or FLAME to make it stay together. Provided you won't be giving this
to a small child (baby), it should stay together forever