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Scoubidou: A Book of Lanyard and Lacing

Scoubidou: A Book of Lanyard and Lacing

Karen Phillips
Novelty Craft Kit
For ages 8 to 12
Klutz, 2007   ISBN: 978-1570549717

So what on earth is scoubidou (pronounced “skou-bee-doo”)? It is clear plastic cording that you can tie and twist and knot to make all kinds of bracelets, hair accessories, key chains and much more. This book and kit will show you how it is done, and all you will need in addition to the kit itself is a pair of scissors, a ruler, a safety pin, and some tape. The kit includes the scoubidou – 120 feet of it in six bright colors – beads of various shapes and sizes, split rings, and lanyard clips. In addition there is the book to help you make twelve different kinds of projects starting with a very easy “Zippy Wristband,” and progressing to a more complicated “Lifeguard Lanyard.”

The author begins with a series of hints about how to use scoubidou, and a section entitled “Bracelet Basics.” Next, she goes on to the first project. For each project she includes a list of what you will need, and she shows the reader how the project is made step by step from start to finish. Illustrations help the reader see how the knotting or wrapping process is done. Lots of photographs, excellent illustrations, and a colorful and well thought out presentation make this book easy to dip into, and readers are sure to have lots of fun making the pretty projects.