A few weeks ago I was at a yard sale (hosted by one of Style Lush's favorite design bloggers, Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day!) and I saw several big spools of baker's twine--that sturdy cotton string you recognize by its stripes--but I talked myself out of getting any because (1) I didn't have anything in mind for it and (2) each spool held thousands of feet of string--surely a lifetime's supply for an occasional crafter like myself. We left the sale and went to lunch and ran some errands, but I couldn't stop thinking about the twine all that time, so several hours later we drove by just as the sellers were packing up, and I managed to snag a smaller (but still giant) spool of red and white twine that Jordan had tucked away in her apartment.
So far I've used the twine for two projects (check back next Monday to see one of them), and even though I have a long way to go before my spool starts noticeably slimming down, I'm already itching to add to my stash because I'm discovering so many ways to use the string and so many cool colors and patterns beyond the basic red and white stripe. If you don't have any of this around, buy some and then marvel at how many ways you can think to use it. For better prices and larger amounts, buy from bakery supply stores; for more color options, go the crafting route.
Red, white, and blue, $4.00 for 30 yards, from PrettyLilPackage's Etsy shop
I love this sampler (one of many different combos) from The Gilded Bee on Etsy ($7.49 for 45 yards)
Green and blue, $8.95 for 300 yards, from Terrain