Friday, March 26, 2010

Organizational {Friday} Baker's Twine & RAK!

Baker's twine is one of the fun new embellishments that you see crafters using on their paper projects. Well, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and buy some. It came to me in these nice clear envelopes wrapped like this: While it looked nice, it knotted up VERY easily as I used it. There was no way I could keep it packaged like that. Here is what it looked like as it turned into a mess:
Keeping it in the bags was not an option. So, thanks to my precious parrots, Sugar and Kiwi, I have a new way to keep my baker's twine. A lot of parrot owner buy various wood pieces for making toys or just for them to chew on. I had a bag of these nice wooden spools for them and decided to steal a few for myself to use for my baker's twine. I buy my spool from two places: Grey Feather Toys (the large spools) and California Bird Nerds. The spools from California Bird Nerd are a bit cheaper and come in natural or different colors. I prefer the natural. :) You can also buy them on eBay.

After I wound the twine on my spools, I wasn't sure what to secure the end of the twine with. Pins won't work because the twine is too small for pins. So, I tried both masking tape and photo splits. I think I like the masking tape better.
And here are my finished spools of twine:
You can also use spools for hemp and other cording. Of course it would work for ribbon too but I love my ribbon storage "as is" so this would not be an option for me. :) If you would like to see my ribbon storage, please visit my post here.

There are lots of places on Etsy to buy baker's twine. I purchased mine from a seller on 2Peas but I don't believe she is offering it anymore. So search Etsy for some great twine!

So, today, I want to offer a RAK of these 4 spools of baker's twine {pictured above} to one lucky subscriber! Just leave a comment here and tell me how you store your twine, how you secure the ends, what you would use the spools for, anything! You must leave your comment in this post by Monday, March 29th, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time, and one lucky winner will be announced on Tuesday. Thank you all for subscribing and for the sweet comments you leave. You are a blessing, and enjoy your weekend ahead!
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50 comments:

Megan B said...

I love how pretty these look when you got them all wound up on there. I have mine wrapped around some ugly chipboard and I used masking tape to secure the ends. Where did you find this twine?

Donna said...

The twine looks so pretty in the picture! (only a scrapper/crafter would say that!) I do not have any twine but other strings that I used for various things and I use old ribbon spools for it. However I like your idea better. I plan to visit the sites you listed and to get me some twine! Thank you I love all your ideas! Have a blessed day!

Rona said...

I bought some of the red before Christmas and right now it is wrapped around a Popsicle stick and that is not working very well. Thanks for the tip I will definitely check that out!! I didn't realize there were so many pretty colors available!!

Linda said...

I have some solid colors of twine and I just have it wrapped around a piece of cardboard with a rubber band around it to hold the end. These are such beautiful twines....I am going to have to try to find some. Those big spools are very attractive.

Debi said...

OH, I wish I could come up with a creative way to tell you I keep mine, but it's all tangled up in a drawer!...lol..I WOULD love to have some of those spools to keep them organized, I may use them more then..thanks for all you share with us!

April said...

What a great idea Patter! I don't have any of this right now but would sure love to try it. ;) I'd defintiely store it the same way you have it here...
- April

Leslie Rodriguez said...

What a cute idea! I store my ribbons on clothes pins and secure the ends with a pin, but I wasn't sure how to start storing my twine and strings. Now, I know how to store it and they'll fit right into my ribbon jars. Thanks!

Stephanie said...

I don't have any of this yet either. I love these spools. They would work great for my ribbon too & with the ends secured would be cat-proof (surprisingly that becomes an issue when you have cats that love to scrapbook too! LOL). My ribbon bins just are not working for me.

I look forward to your tips because I learn so many good ideas. Thanks for all your work on posting so often. YOU are a blessing.

Liana said...

Wow! How beautiful. I would use the spools as is, since I don't have any baker's twine in my stash yet. thank you for the opportunity to win!

Michele said...

I don't have any of the twine (yet) but I do have loose pieces of ribbon in mason jars. I have some colored spools that I may just have to try using. I have two shelves on one wall of my craft room that have decorative wrought iron bases. I put a dowel rod through the bases and have my spools of ribbon on them. I secure the ribbon with pins so that they don't all unroll when I am rolling one out to cut. It's worked so far except when I get to the end of a roll. Then I have to take all up to that roll off to get the empty one off.

You have such wonderful organizing ideas. Thanks for sharing with us. ~ michele (fmtinsley@att.net)

Cindy Andrews said...

I'm still using clothes pins to wrap twine, hemp and ribbon around. Those spools sure are cute and I definately going to try the Baker's twine. TFS!

Valerie said...

Hi Patter!!!
I currently have my hemp wrapped around cardstock embroidery floss card. I don't care for this too much. It don't like the creases it leaves when I unwind. I LOVE your Bird Toys much better.
Valerie Martin
jeffnval@hotmail.com

Rachel said...

I don't have any twine yet, I love the spool idea! I do have some fibers in an embroidery floss box wound around the cards that came with it. They are just smaller lengths though, it wouldn't be good for alot of yardage.

msfreida said...

Oh,I would love to get my hands on some of this! I can just see these beautiful colors wrapped around a card panel or threaded thru a springtime button! I have regular twine that is wrapped around an old clothes pin that attaches to a piece of lattice behind my work table, but nothing in these fabulous colors! :)

Hugs~
Freida

Pat said...

Like some others, I've been using floss/fiber cards and storing them in an embroidery floss box but I'm not happy with it. I LOVE your spools -- not only neat but decorative. I've not purchased any Baker's Twine, but it looks like a 'must have'. Thank you for ALL of your storage solutions -- I'm looking at buying a rotary index card holder and categorizing my stamp images like you have. You are amazing, Patter.

thinker said...

what a great idea - I'll have to see if I can find some old spools. So far my hemp is still in the plastic bag it came in and starting to get a little tangled.

Thanks for sharing your organizational tips - they're wonderful!!

Dana said...

I don't comment much, but I want you to know that I do love your posts and enjoy seeing your work and your organizational tips. I don't have any twine yet, but other cords that I have are usually wound onto cardboard and stored in a drawer. I'm going to be moving soon and I'm planning to incorporate some of your ideas for my new scrap room. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Jessica Wekenman said...

These are too cute! I have seen this baker's twine popping up a lot lately, and have been wanting to jump on the bandwagon as well! I don't currently have twine, my jute is kept with my ribbon, which I'm trying to find a better way to store. I love your idea of putting ribbon on the spools, as I'd wanted to use clothes pins, but have been unable to find the old-school ones the don't have the spring. Anyway, thanks so much for the great idea today, as well as the great ideas and inspiration you give me everyday!

Brenda A said...

I have been using wooden clothespins for my ribbons. I don't currently own baker's twine, so your RAK would come in very handy. So... pick me! pick me! ;)

june said...

I haven't even started using twine! I can't think of a better way to store it than the way you have and that's exactly what I would do!

Debbie Rines said...

Great idea. I don't have a good way to keep ribbon or twine that is not on a spool when purchased but I have used the little chip board pieces that are shaped like a flat spool and come with embroidery floss storage units. They only hold smaller amounts but work for that.
Debbie

Bev J. said...

Pretty and decorative too! I have some loose ribbon I could use those spools for. My twine/string/jute I bought at Wal-mart already wound. Tfs and a chance to win.

Jeannie said...

I store mine around clothespins. The old fashioned wooden ones. You can just wind it around and then close it up and it stays nice and tidy with no loose ends!

Your blog is a very fun and happy place to visit!

Peace & Luv,
Jeannie

jan farnworth said...

i don't have any twin and my ribbon collection is just floating around loose in two large pickle jars. But the spools idea looks really neat.

scrapiegirl75 said...

I use spools like that which I buy at HL in the unfinished wood section to store my embroidery thread for the ends I just pull it tight under one of the spool ends, it seems to hold good. I then store them in a jar, looks really pretty on my shelf. The twine you have is very pretty, I have not seen it before, thanks for the chance to win!!!

jeanie nieva said...

these are so pretty. i use tape to secure the ends.

Martha said...

Oh I would so love these!
My twine is like your first picture right now. my puppy got a hold of it and its a mess!

Anonymous said...

I don't have any twine yet but would sure like to have some. They look so neat on the spools. Just wondering if you have tried to wrap ribbons on one to see how well they work. I wonder if the ribbons would lay straight on them. I'd like to have some off those for all mine. Thanks, Nancy

Susan - s3js said...

I like to use plastic drinking straws, cut into 3-inch pieces. Cut a small slit in each end. Pass one end of the twine through the straw and leaving about 1 inch, pull it through the slit on one end then lay across the top of the straw. Hold tail in place while wrapping the twine around the outside, but do not cover the entire straw. Make sure you leave the slit at the other end free. When the twine has been all wound on, pass the free end through the empty slit. They can be stored on dowels or any rack with thin "arms" and will easily roll when needed. Even modified clothes hangers will work. I have a thread rack that hangs on the wall that is perfect. If you find it trying to come off the end, a bead secured with a bit of mounting wax or Dap Tack will keep if from coming loose, but still be removable.

Gretchen said...

Wow! I have never seen baker's twine (where have I been?) I love how they look all wrapped up on the spools, very nice! I store my twine wrapped on wooden clothespins. Not the greatest sine I don't really secure the ends so they get a bit messy in my drawer! Thanks for the inspiration!

Gwen said...

I put all my ribbons on a dowel and then lay the ends into slits in a flat rate postal box. I can get two rows in one box. Otherwise I just wrap cords, twines, etc. around cardboard and cut a slit to hold the ends.

Anonymous said...

Hi Patter~

Thank you for the ideas, and the awesome chance to get more of this twine. (I have a solid brown color.) I have mine rolled in a ball, like some knitters do with their yarn. I just tuck the end under a small pinch of the twine, leaving one long piece out...so I can find it very easily.

This may be a very odd idea...
Would it work to put a toilet paper holder somehwere in the person's art area...inside a cabinet? In an art room? Attached to the bottom of a shelf..and roll it onto that? Then you could make something with cardstock that would be similar to an awning over it with a partial box template.

If I did use the spools for the twine, I would pull the end piece through the hole in the center and tape it with scotch tape to the other end of the spool. If I didn't use it for that, I would use it to hold my strands of pearls. Taping the beginning to the spool, and wrapping around, and simply tucking the end under a pinch full of pearls, and leaving it hanging out. (Not the curly pearls, just the strings of pearls.)

Oh, and thanks for the act of kindness! How exciting!

He IS Able,
Traci S.

Susan said...

These look so cute! I have my twine around wooden clothespins but I also save old wooden spools so this is a great idea. Another option for the tape to secure the end would be the old pink "hair tape" which doesn't leave residue. Not even sure if you can still buy that stuff - maybe in beauty supply stores. I know that when I was a stitcher, it was "revived" and sold by stitching shops for holding thread ends.
Susan

Michelle said...

So very pretty stacked together! Thanks for sharing the great idea.

I don't have any twine yet :-( I have ribbon on the old-fasioned wooden clothespins (non-spring type) and the ends secured with corsage pins. They have the giant pearl end on the outside and the pointy end inside the open part of the clothespin.

Kerry said...

I don't even have any twine *gasp*! But I love these little spools you used! I might have to try those for some of my ribbon!

Alicia said...

I hadn't seen anything used with this twine so I'm looking forward to trying this out. Thanks for this tip! :)

Celeste said...

fab idea! i need to get some spools!

CreativeChretin said...

This is funny, cuz' i've had baker's twine on my wish list for awhile. Most of my ribbons and threads are stored in their original packaging and are secured with tape.

Sandy Cimbaro said...

What cute little spools. I don't have any baker's twine yet. I keep my other ribbon and string in little clear baggies. Thanks for sharing some of your stash with us.

Tamrah T. said...

Nice attractive, compact way to store twine! I'll be looking around at sales for some... in the meantime, my ribbon is stored on toilet paper rolls and cardboard squares with a slit for hold from unraveling.

Lizzy Simpson said...

I store the fibers I have (nothing as cute as your baker's twine, though!) on embroidery floss "cardboard-thingies", LOL! It works okay, but is not very pretty. I like your spool idea a lot better, and may have to keep it in mind in the future. A basket of spools wrapped in brightly coloured fibre would be a wonderful addition to my scrapbook area.

Lizzy
lizzy.simpson@gmail.com

Janet said...

oh, these are adorable. I don't use twine at the moment, but after seeing these, I must give them a try and get some of these spools to put them on.

Thanks for the chance to win some.

Have a great weekend

Chrisd said...

I have just a bit of my Mom's "bakery twine" left, but I done use it ,just have it wound up around one of her round clothespins fastened with a straight pin. She saved it from buying those yummy pastries as treats, and the bakery used twine to close the boxes.Thanks for your kindness, and hurray to the lucky winner.

Laurel (shreve6) said...

I use the cards that are for embrodery and cross stitch floss. Not as pretty as yours.

Rebecca said...

Well, I don't have any baker's twine, but I have this on my shopping list for the scrapbook convention in June. But, I love the spools so that would be my preferred method of storing the twine. I am also a cross stitcher so I have lots of embroidery floss cards in my stash that I could use.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Cheri Howard said...

Right now, my craft room is in quite a disarray, so just about everything stays in its original package until I can get organized. I love the idea of using the spools, though, for any stringy-type embellishment!

Anonymous said...

Patter I love the spools and baker's twine! The colors can be used with so many matching and contrasting buttons, brads,etc. You have a lot of good orgnaizational ideas. Thank you for those. Ways I would use the spools: ribbon keepers, embroidery thread holders, stand a wet foam paint brush in one to dry, put a clip with handle like you use with those little cotton balls to chalk in it and then use it to hold recipe cards or a picture. Decorate them with SB paper and put an alphabet on it to personalize or spell a word or two for your mantle.Put 2 of them on the floor under your feet and roll them back and forth against your insteps while scrapping. Great stress reliever and exercise. Let your cat chase one around the house. They love stuff like the spools. I could go on, but I'll save on space and let someone else offer up a few ideas~ God Bless, Debra (debrakinder@bellsouth.net)

Roberta said...

what a great giveaway! I don't have any twine yet- other than a tiny bit that came in a kit- but I've been wanting to get some. I can't find it in any stores around here. I need to search online. I store my ribbon on clothes pins and smaller cuts on spools so I love your idea. Looks so pretty too. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

BonnieRose said...

what a wonderful giveaway! I hv wanted to try some bakers twine... love it!

Ronda Archangelo said...

Oh my...I would be so thrilled to be the recipient of your RAK!! I have been dying for baker's twine and have none, zero, zip, zilch. When I store items like twine, I use a rectangle of chipboard with a diagonal shallow cut on opposite side of each ends. One cut holds the twine to start and the other holds the end.

Thank you for the source for the spools. Right now I have a small collection of vintage wood thread spools but yours are better. I found they make a great altered art piece for stamped images or vintage scrap. Check my blog for a Halloween craft I made with a wood spool.

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