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Sunday, August 13, 2006

A Bit About Scoobies

Scoobies are pieces of scoubidou string that are shaped into different forms and objects. Scoubidou string is basically a piece of thin plastic tube that can be easily manipulated. These scoobies can be made into ornaments, keyrings, jewellery, craft projects, animals or anything that you wish to try and make, they are great for entertaining young children and have become one of the latest crazes in the united kingdom.

To make scoobies, you will need the following:
1) Enough Scoubidou to complete the shape
2) A pair of scissors
3) A ruler to measure the string
4) Some paper clips
5) Pipe cleaners

That is all you need to start making scoobies.

There are many, many different types of forms and shapes that can be made with scoubidou string but nearly all of them revolve around a few basic stitches and knots as these are what makes the scoobies. Here are a few of the different stitches:

The chinese staircase stitch
This is one of the easiest stitches to learn and can create a very nice effect. You will only need four strands of scubidou for this stitch.

The butterfly stitch
When you make this stitch, the strands usually end up being around half the length they started off because of the way the stitch is made. For this one, remember to use strands that are double the length of the finished shape you want.

The square stitch
This stitch is the most basic stitch and is the most used stitch. You must know this in order to be able to master all the other stitches.

The circle stitch
This is very similar to the square stitch and is sometimes referred to as the "round stitch". You will need only two strands.

The triangle stitch
This stitch is also very similar to the square stitch and can be done using only three strands of scoubidou.

Those are some of the most basic stitches there are and it would probably be best to learn about how to do these ones before moving on to the more advanced ones. These are very easy to learn and can be mastered in a very short amount of time.

Go out and get some scoubidou string today and start practising your stitches. You can find information about how to do all these stitches in shops or on the internet, just make sure you keep practising and you master these basic stitches before you try the harder ones.

By this time next week, you could very well be an expert at making scoobies. Go and get started now.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Different Scoubidou Stitches

When you just start out making scoobies, it can seem quite difficult. Actually, it is very easy. The best way to become good at making scoobies is to, first of all, master the basic stitches instead of jumping in and trying to do the more advanced ones. This article will tell you of some of the basic stitches that you should spend time learning.

The Triangle Stitch
The triangle stitch can be made using only three strands of scoubidou string. This is one of the most basic stitches you can learn and is very easy to master. This stitch is quite similar to the square stitch that I will tell you about.

The Square Stitch
The square stitch is the base for nearly all other stitches, if you can master how to make the square stitch, then you can more than likely master any other stitch. You will only need two pieces of scoubidou string for this stitch.

The Circle Stitch
The circle stitch is quite similar to the square stitch and you will also only need two pieces of scoubidou to complete this stitch. Basically, you do the same thing for this stitch as the square only change the direction that you place the string.

The Butterfly Stitch
The butterfly stitch is very easy to make and for this stitch you will need two pieces of scoubidou string that are much longer than the length you would use for the other stitches as the string in this case will become much shorter when completed.

The Chinese Staircase Stitch
This is another very easy to make stitch and you will need four strands of scoubidou for this, however, three strands should be around 14 inches long and the other should be around 60 inches long.

As you can see, these stitches are very easy to make and only require a very small amount of scoubidou string. You can find many guides and tutorials that will show you how to master these stitches in no time.

The best way to get good at completing these stitches is to simply practise, practise, practise and eventually you will be able to do them with your eyes closed. Once you have mastered these basic stitches, you can move on to the more advances ones which are much more fun and interesting to make. Then when you have mastered some of the more advanced stitches, you can try to come up with your very own stitches, all you need is a bit of creativity.

Get started today and start learning the basic stitches. Take it one stitch at a time and get it perfect before you move on to the next. A good way to make it much more fun when learning how to do them, is to simply get a friend to learn them with you, this way it is like a little project that you can enjoy with your friends.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

make scoobies

Learn how to make scoobies with....

The Scoobie Making Guide

Scoobies are the latest craze to take place with children in the uk and america. All over, children are making different and interesting scoobies as hobbies and play things. This article will show you a scooby that you can make easily and quickly. These are great projects for young children to enjoy.

The scoobie I will be talking about is the chinese stitch. For this one, you will need - Three scoubidou strands at fourteen inches long and one sixty inch strand.

Here is how to make it:

1) Tie a knot using the four strands but leave a small amount of spce above the knot

2) Take the sixty inch strand and make a loop over the other strands

3) Pull the end of the looped strand through the centre of the loop.

4) Pull the strand through until it makes a tight knot around the other strands

5) Make another loop using the longest strand

6) Pull the end of the looped strand through the centre of the loop

7) Pull the strand until it makes a tight know around the other strands but make sure it is right below the first knot you made

8) Continue doing this until around 3 inches of the scooby is covered

9) Undo the first knot

10) Pull the four strands apart until you reach the next knot

11) Make a knot at each end of the scooby to secure it in place.

That's it. You have just made your first ever scooby. Do not be discourages if it is not perfect the first time you try, just make sure to learn each time how you can improve and make it better.

Not so hard is it? You can make hundreds of these a day if you wish and use them for many things such as decorations, craft projects, play toys and much more.