In the olden days when you went shopping your purchases were packaged up in brown paper and held together with string. Today we have boxes and bags that we shop with and tape to hold pieces of paper together, but that doesn’t mean that string has outlived it’s usefulness.,String, twine, cord, rope, it all comes in long lengths in a ball, it can all be used for multiple purposes and it can be made either or natural or synthetic fibers that have been braided or twisted together. The weights change (string is thin while rope is thick for instance) but the basic idea doesn’t. Jute, flax, cotton, hemp, sisal, and the like are all forms of natural fibers while acrylic and nylon are man made.,So what can we do with this long material? We knit with it, crochet with it, make jewelery, knot it to make other things, make rugs, use it to upholster items, do macrame, weave it into items, cover items with it, the list goes on. We can also use it to make sailing knots for either sailing or craft items, make rugs and mats with it and even make string pictures using different colours and lots and lots of pins.,If you are on social media at all, you have probably seen people upcycling old items into new and useable things all by adding string or rope or twine to them. For instance, if you have an old cooking pot that has lost its use in the kitchen you can repurpose it into a plant pot. Simply bang some drainage holes in the bottom and then glue your choice of rope, twine or string around it, gluing as you go. The look is fresh and new, you can choose your colours and width of rope and you can make as many as you want. They can be used indoors or outside, are weather resistant and we already know pots can get wet with no worry.,String is still a great thing to use when you need to keep a package secure, and it’s also a nice natural look for use when wrapping gifts. You can wrap it around candles for a rustic look, use it in the bathroom to spruce up a garbage container, or if you’re really industrious you can use rope to make a mat to keep those feet warm in the cold winter months. Craft away!,