String theory

I’ve got a thing for string lately.  Started seeing jars filled with old cones of string and big spools of crochet thread a couple of years ago, and instantly fell in love with the look.  Don’t ask me WHY??  It just seem to be appealing to me; and apparently to a LOT of other designers too.

Once it was ‘on my radar’ I began noticing it in abundance at rummage sales and thrift stores.  Bought enough to fill one BIG jar and a smaller ‘fish bowl’ for my own decor at home.  But it didn’t stop there.  It’s like I was ADDICTED to buying the stuff.  BIG bags of a dozen or more were to be found, and it I was patient enough (and lucky enough!) I could get the whole bag full for half price!

Jars full.  Bowls full.  So many cute ways to display them.  Lots of ideas for making cute new labels for those without them.

I had some on cardboard spools/cones that were too bent to use ‘as is’, so I started making string balls!

At first I only looked for white and cream colors.  Then I found some batches with colors mixed in, so I had to find MORE colors to go with those!

I started making the string balls while I watched TV at night, and just kept making them!

Filled all the big glass jars I had on hand with them . . . now what???

Maybe shoppers already have their own jars/vases and just need ‘the stuff’ to fill them.  Here ya go!  An instant string collection, ready for you to toss into a bowl or jar.

They work great as potpourri too!  Just spritz some of your favorite fragrance oil on them and place them out in a bowl.

It’s fun finding ‘just the right’ color combination to fill the jars.

Some small spools of thread tossed in when I had ones that matched the color theme.  I also made some decorative FELT covered balls to add to the mix for more contrast and interest.

ALL of these shown are for sale in my booth at stars Antiques in Portland, Oregon.

I’ve also got some great vintage flour sack towels, and some new ones with red stripes.

I have a collection of shoe shine bruhses too!  they make great photo displays!

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  1. your string displays are very pretty and quite pleasing to look at, especially with the blue strings. Great idea!

  2. I knew we were kindred spirits!! I have a string ball collection and am so fascinated with string balls and rag balls and yarn balls. Not sure if I can post a pic of my GIANT string ball that I found at an estate auction but you can see a pic of it on my etsy bio. THANKS for posting! PS…I love rolling and winding while watching tv too!

  3. Love your treasures! When and where is the 2012 Spring Show?

    • Every Husband’s Nightmare Bazaar spring show is April 24-28th in Hillsboro, Oregon at the Washington County Faipplex. Free Ammission and free parking.


  4. I haven’t checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  5. Love these! I’ve been thinking of doing something like this…you gave me several ideas. Beautiful display aj!

  6. […] an entire post I did a while back on crafting and decorating with string and crochet threads with LOTS more […]

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