8/7/08: What do you do to your thread clippings? Do you just scrap them or do you use them in something else? (submitted by Outi)
May I present my ort jar?
I've posted this before, but this is a picture taken a few months ago of my ort jar, a repurposed candy jar. It contains most of the thread clippings from almost 5 years worth of stitching. A small bit was taken out as an experiment with our local wild birds to see if they would be interested in using the threads for their nests. They were not, so I stopped offering. And the clippings from the wedding record piece DH and I stitched for ourselves are inside a glass ornament that gets hung on our Christmas tree. Which means most of the rest of the clippings are in that jar, and pretty tightly packed in there.
I don't know what I'll do when I just can't pack any more in there. Probably cap that jar, put it on a shelf and start a new one.
And yes, I do gather up my clippings when I travel and put them in the jar when I get home.
PS - Some people say that ORT stands for "old raggedy / ratty threads". Anna contends that its meaning stems from the Middle English / Low German use of the word, a small bit or left over scrap, usually from a meal.