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.
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