How to make things out of plastic lace Gimp

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How to make things out of plastic lace Gimp
Plaiting plastic laces as a hobby began with the "scoobidou" craze in France. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Plastic craft laces are often called "gimp." The laces is cut into strands and woven upon itself to create shapes and keyring decorations also called "boondoggles." Gimp was originally a French craze called "scoobidou." The materials needed to create gimp projects are few, and easily found at your local craft shop.

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Things you need

  • Flat plastic craft lace
  • Tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fine-tip marker
  • Glue

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    The gimp box stitch

  1. 1

    Measure out a 1.2 m (4 foot) strand of plastic lace, and cut it in half to create two 60 cm (2 foot) pieces. Lay the two strands out flat on a table, crossing them at 90-degree angles at their exact halfway points. The two strands will form the "+" symbol. Have one strand perpendicular to yourself and one strand parallel to you. Tape the intersection of the strands to the table with a small piece of tape if they are curling or will not lay completely flat.

  2. 2

    Label the strand ends "1" through "4" using the fine-tipped marker, starting with the topmost strand which is pointing away from you. Label in a clockwise direction so that ends 1 and 3 belong to the same strand.

  3. 3

    Move end 2 over to meet end 4. Move end 4 over to where end 2 used to be. You are simply crossing the strands over the centre, which should still be stationary on the table, unmoved.

  4. 4

    Move end 1 over to meet end 3. Weave it through the other strand by placing it under end 2 and over end 4. Move end 3 over to where end 1 used to be. Weave it also through the other strand by placing it over end 2 and under end 4.

  5. 5

    Grasp all ends and pull tightly to finish the stitch. Continue the weaving process to lengthen the gimp creation, placing one stitch on top of another stitch.

    Gimp creations

  1. 1

    Continue building stitch upon stitch until the lanyard creation reaches the length you desire. Finish using a square knot to create the most basic gimp craft known as a "boondoggle."

  2. 2

    Place a metal keyring holder through the strands before you secure it to the table. This will allow you to attach your boondoggle to a key, backpack or suitcase.

  3. 3

    Weave a boondoggle at least 7.5 cm (3 inches) in length. Wrap it around itself to create a shape which resembles a Greek letter "alpha" or "Jesus Fish" shape. Place the tail of the shape through a stitch, pulling tightly to secure it. Add a drop of glue if desired to keep the tail from slipping out. Continue weaving the second half of the tail, and finish with a square knot.

  4. 4

    Create a cross by weaving and tying off one straight boondoggle. Weave 2.5 cm (1 inch) of another boondoggle, then place the first gimp piece in a stitch on the second. Continue weaving the second gimp another 2.5 cm (1inch) to create the second arm of the cross. Add a drop of glue to the middle of the cross where the two sections meet to secure them.

Tips and warnings

  • Choosing gimp in several colours will make the weaving process easier.

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