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Alternate Uses for Embroidery Floss, Thread, and Other Fibers

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Chances are that we all have extra embroidery floss laying around. There are lots of ways to use up extra thread and fibers. Whether it is extra thread from a kit, skeins of floss you received as a gift, or floss left from a larger project, use the extra to create other works of handcrafted art.

1. Stitch Some Free Patterns

Many of the free Cross Stitch patterns available here at About.com Cross Stitch are easily adapted to stitching from scrap stash. Use up those odds and ends of floss and make your own unique creation!

2. Crochet a Doll Top

Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay
Photo © Amy Solovay
Make an easy fashion doll top with embroidery thread and a few simple crochet stitches.

3. More Stash Busting Projects from About.com Crochet

If scrap yarn is accumulating in your yarn stash, these free scrap yarn patterns for crochet are sure to please. Amy offers a variety of different projects and patterns that can be crocheted using yarns left over from other projects, many of which could be done using embroidery floss or yarn.

4. Clothes Pin Doll

Photo © Sherri Osborn
Photo © Sherri Osborn
Use an old-fashioned one-piece wooden clothes pin, embroidery thread, and a few other supplies to create a cute clothespin doll. These make great ornaments!

5. Friendship Bracelets

Photo © Rain Blanken
Photo © Rain Blanken
To make a fabulous friendship bracelet, all you need is embroidery thread, scissors, and a few safety pins. This is a great way to use up skeins of off-brand thread that seem to creep into our collections.

6. Miniature Bird's Nest

Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd
Photo © Lesley Shepherd
Combine reindeer moss with embroidery thread for an extremely realistic bird's nest.

7. Miniature Flower Gathering Basket

Photo © 2008 Lesley Shepherd
Photo © Lesley Shepherd
Weave linen embroidery thread over fine paper wrapped wire to create a realistic miniature flower gathering basket.

Use similar supplies and techniques to make a woven fruit basket.

8. Miniature Nautical Knot Rug

Photo © 2007 Lesley Shepherd
Photo © Lesley Shepherd
Depending on the scale of rug you want, use perle cotton thread, sewing thread, embroidery thread, all the way up to climbing rope if you want a rug for your house instead of the dolls house!

9. Textile Art Collage

Photo © Carolyn Saxby
Carolyn Saxby, Mixed Media Textile Artist, creates unusual plastic fabric using bits of yarn, thread, fabric, bubble wrap, and cling wrap. Find out how.

See more of Carolyn's work at CAROLYN SAXBY - MIXED MEDIA TEXTILE ART which deals with a lot of textile art she created. She also blogs about current projects, machine embroidery, hand stitching, and much, much more at LOVE STITCHING RED.

10. Paper Making

Add chopped floss to the mixture when you are making your own paper.

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