December 10, 2009

Baker's twine :: fake it

Baker's twine :: Fake it

Don't you just love baker's twine? I do! But it's so hard to find around here. I spent quite some time searching for it online, and I did find it but it get's outrageously expensive if you want to have it shipped to Europe. I also found some stores in Paris carrying it, but they charge a ridiculously high price as well, knowing it's hard to find.

That's when I decided to try to make it, with some embroidery floss. I just twisted two strands of embroidery floss and the result you can see in the picture. Not too bad, I believe. This method works ok if you don't need a lot of it, like for putting on gift tags or Christmas tree ornaments. And since embroidery floss comes in all colors and shades imaginable the color combinations are endless.

However, yesterday I mentioned to my mom I was looking for this. About half an hour later she called me (I was twisting embroidery floss at that very moment). She was at her local supermarket and guess what... she found baker's twine! Not just in red and white but in blue/white and green/white as well. To make sure we were talking about the same thing she even took a picture with her cell phone and sent it to me. And sure enough, it was exactly what I was looking for. I placed my order - a lifetime supply of baker's twine. This year, I believe Santa might bring me some baker's twine... Lucky me!

Now, in case you want to have a go at making your own, just cut two strands of embroidery floss of equal length. Make a loop at one end, big enough to fit around a doorknob or any other kind of knob of a fixed object. At the other end, make a smaller loop that fits around a pencil. Now, start twisting the floss by turning the pencil. From time to time, with your fingers, slide over the floss to make sure the twist is evenly distributed. When done, just wind around a piece of card board or a small spool... Et voilà!

For the baker's twine lovers amongst you, check out this. And Martha Stewart has some too.


cindy said...

you are so smart - such a great idea, but i'm glad your mom found some for you. i save it from all the bakery boxes we get and have quite a bit, but it's all red & white. i love all the colors at divine twine. i like the blue, green, orange - all of it ;)!

Chase said...

I just order 4 different colors last week. It is coming this week, I hope. There's an etsy store that carries 4 different colors. I paid $7.50 for 250 yards.

Carol said...

Wow, that was so clever of you! I've got red and white floss, I'm going to make some! Thanks!

gina said...

If you have a sewing machine you can take both pieces and tie them through the holes of an empty bobbin spool. Stand (yes stand) a few feet back from the machine holding the floss in your hand. It will help if you have someone helping you! Start your bobbin winder, you will probably need to put your hand on the stretched out floss to slow it down. I have not tried this but have seen it done. You can also do this to make tassels.

Jolene said...

Thanks for this. I've been looking for some at a reasonable price and now I don't need to worry about it anymore.

Kathi said...

Great idea! I'm going to make some!

blue moss said...

so glad your mom found you some!!
i love that you were making your own :)

Anonymous said...

in case your mom cannot send you twine, this place might be able to send you some.

Fort & Field said...

I have tried to twist bakers twine by myself before, but it kept on coming untwisted. Do you have a secret way to keep it twisted?

Lizzie said...

Hello, just dropped by from the "Counterfeit Kit Challenge" blog - - who have linked to your post.

Very clever - I have made twisted cords before, but it never occurred to me that I could use two colours together!

Andn in answer to Fort & Field's question - when I make a twisted cord, I use half the thickness of threads, then fold the twine in the centre and let it twist back on itself. It doesn't come undone then - though obviously I have yet to try this with your Bakers' Twine recipe - it may not work... In which case, over-twist it, then allow it to relax a bit, keeping it fairly taut all the time, until it stops un-twisting. This works pretty well too.
Hope that is useful. So glad I was given this link - it's such fab and simple idea, but so clever! Thank you!

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