Starting Tips to Remember
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!
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- 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 boondoggle 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!
- Learn how to FIND THE CENTER
of a strand of Boondoggle.
- You 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
- If you have to stop working on a project before it is completed, use a paper clip to keep the
ends of your boondoggle in place, right after the last stitch you completed. Place the project
somewhere where you can allow the ends of the boondoggle 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.
- If you can, work outside in the sunlight. The sun can make working with the strands easier,
as the heat makes the boondoggle 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.
- When 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 boondoggle 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!
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