When I was younger, part of my artsy kid aesthetic was to dress myself as brightly as possible. This also might have been a reaction to wearing a uniform to school for 8 years. I've since grown up... a bit... and my current wardrobe consists of mostly neutral tones. I still have an attraction to vibrant colors, I just don't display them on my person. Some might think this project is a little much, but if I can't wear these colors I can at least have them in my home... more on that later. Once we settled into the new apartment I immediately started looking for potential projects because this girl can't handle down time. This girl also couldn't handle diving into a sea of job postings right away. Luckily, this guy I now share an apartment with is cool with my compulsion to craft and agreed to let me zhoosh (zhush? jzeush?) up our seating situation a bit.
The technique itself is extremely simple and a process with which any preteen girl in the early 2000s should be familiar. Those of you for which this does not apply, listen up. In order to let everyone back home know you had just returned from vacation, preteen girls in the early 2000s would wrap a section of their hair in colorful embroidery floss and leave it that way until the floss unraveled or their hair fell out, whichever came first. Cute, right!? The hairwraps pictured above are available for purchase on Amazon and I honestly wonder if they are someone's personal collection of disembodied relics. I tried to locate photographic evidence of myself sporting this trend, but my mom wasn't able to find any in the family archives. I will give it another go when I'm home for the holidays and share my findings so... stay tuned!
In the somewhat later 2000s, I have come across various articles of furniture and home decor similarly wrapped. You can find some examples here, here, and here. Having matured, the 2010s have opted for a muted and monochromatic approach instead, but I chose to meld the two aesthetics and bring some color back in. Here's how I did it:
I started by tying the twine to the top of my stool legs and securing the knot to the metal with hot glue. From there I just wrapped the twine making sure the knot tail was tucked under and periodically tightening the twine as I wrapped. Once I got to the bottom I secured the twine to the metal again with hot glue. (Note: I switched colors at the natural separation of sections, but if you intend to switch between colors as you go, start by tying all colors to the top of your item and tuck the colors not currently in use until you would like to switch, then tuck the color you had been using and begin with another.) The only really tricky parts were the points at which the metal pieces overlapped. I ended up criss crossing the twine until the metal was no longer visible and then proceeded as normal until the next intersection.
The final touch was to sand, repaint, and gloss the seats to lighten up the overall piece. With this project, I was looking for something reversible and easy to do; this technique meets those requirements, however it is incredibly time consuming and tedious so keep that in mind before you start wrapping your own furniture in twine. Otherwise, I'm happy with the result and now have a surplus of colorful twine for more projects!