Part Thirty-seven

Spool Tamers
By George E. Emanuel

Thread, tinsel, wire etc, they all come on spools, and left unattended they will unwind all by themselves with no help from us. They will ensnare everything on your bench. Entwine every material known to man. They will cause you aggravation in excess of any other single item involved in our craft.

The only thing we contact in our daily lives that is more aggravating is perhaps a mean spirited mother in law, but that is a different problem altogether. Perhaps we will come up with a solution for her in a subsequent column.

We can quite easily tame your unruly spools. You need not spend precious minutes untangling a mess of thread and wire. Nor must your family be subjected to expletive dissertations emanating from your tying bench!

Office supply stores sell, for a couple of dollars, plastic spiral binders. These are used in conjunction with a special paper punch in preparing reports and etc. The brand shown here is sold under the name GBC. Generically I believe they are referred to as "Vello" binders.

With a pair of scissors you simply cut between the rings of these little jewels and wrap the separated "ring" around the offending spool.

The package shown contains twenty-five binders, each having about a dozen or so of these little plastic rings. They are sold in many sizes. You will need to get the 3/4 inch size, as most spools are approximately an inch in diameter.

So get out your spools and put a ring on them. You will never again suffer a problem with them!

Now, on to the mother in law situation. . .

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas too!~ George E. Emanuel (Chat Room Host Muddler)

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