Baling Twine question

HI everyone, I have been gifted a bunch of baling twine in bright pinks and blues, and there is plenty more where that came from! Its a bit thicker than I like to work with, but the colours are gorgeous and I'd like to think there is a use for this pernicious pest of the farming world.

Has anyone used this stuff successfully, and how did you use it? Does it split successfully? can it be spun if reduced to very thin fibres? It'sstill stiff even when very fine. Shopping bags seems to be the most suitable project, but since the individual pieces are not really that long I would rather not have too many joins. The one thing you can guarantee about this stuff is that it doesn't break down any time soon!

 

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Posted on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 13:05

Would placemats work? You could cut weft pieces the width of the warp plus an inch or so more on each side and use them every other shot with a coordinating cotton to bind it together.

Other options from a quick google include: weave it into belts, dog leashes, halters and lead ropes

 

Posted on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 01:53

The place mats sound like a good idea! Thank you! It would be a good project for my local spinning and weaving group for fundraising as the materials basically would cost very little, and the bright colours are attractive! I can try and persuade the donor to cut the twine close to the knits so we can get the maximum use out of each length. I had also thought that woven shopping bags would be good. Our state government has banned the use of plastic bags in shops, so everyone needs them now.

 

Posted on Wed, 07/29/2009 - 05:52

I haven't had a chance to yet! I got side-tracked on this site called weavolution - you know the one? hehe! But apparently it makes good dog leads and collars, and I was told of someone who makes kids headbands, and friendship bracelets. The colours are right for that sort of project.

 

Posted on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 13:05

Would placemats work? You could cut weft pieces the width of the warp plus an inch or so more on each side and use them every other shot with a coordinating cotton to bind it together.

Other options from a quick google include: weave it into belts, dog leashes, halters and lead ropes

 

Posted on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 01:53

The place mats sound like a good idea! Thank you! It would be a good project for my local spinning and weaving group for fundraising as the materials basically would cost very little, and the bright colours are attractive! I can try and persuade the donor to cut the twine close to the knits so we can get the maximum use out of each length. I had also thought that woven shopping bags would be good. Our state government has banned the use of plastic bags in shops, so everyone needs them now.

 

Posted on Wed, 07/29/2009 - 05:52

I haven't had a chance to yet! I got side-tracked on this site called weavolution - you know the one? hehe! But apparently it makes good dog leads and collars, and I was told of someone who makes kids headbands, and friendship bracelets. The colours are right for that sort of project.