DMC's craft projects with
threads Project pages. The DMC thread company has been around for
years. They have an
incredible web page with free projects and downloads. Many using knots and
threads. Friendship bracelets, ankle bracelets, zipper pulls and more.
Jewish Camps, Schools, Scouts etc. teach how to braid hemp or gymp. My son's
Sunday school made their own Tallit! This tallit was to be used in prayers
before Sunday school. (so really informal) The choices for material were very
unique. I have since seen great material at Judaica 1-800-Dreidel.com and kits at
Artkitsetc.com. See my Make your own
tallit page for more links for supplies and knotting directions. I highly recommend this project but if you are not ready for this
yet, how about learning to tie the tallis/tallit strings as a great heritage
project instead of just playing around? Artkitsetc has strings and directions in
an inexpensive kit form.
Make your own Tallit for real?
Sisterhoods, Temples etc are having classes on making your own tallit. If you
need guidance check out the companies for kits and directions on my Jewish resource page.
Margo of Beadie Critter Fame reminded me to include one of my personal old
favorites of gymp/lanyard.
Before the craze for
hemp braiding there was lanyard or gimp. An old favorite for camps and scouts
that is now hot again thanks to the many new books available at craft stores
showing how to add beads, make animals and weaving into other projects.
My campers especially liked the new Mega gymp available at many craft
stores. Extra wide and easier for some to
use. It comes in great glow in the dark colors and with patterns. Although the
patterns are on one side and therefore show up in unexpected colors from the
back side of the gymp.
I have had a few people tell me they have had trouble finding supplies on line
and no stores near by see new updated links below.
I used a lot of my thin gymp (regular gymp compared to Mega
gymp) on in beadie animal projects. It is easier for many children
to use. I describe on my beadie page that wide beadie animals will bend with
I have since then received a suggestion from Tessa Moulyn of Canada that
she steams her projects using a warm iron and a damp cloth. Sounds great!
Lanyard.com directions and videos for basic and