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!