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String and it's uses

Updated on February 16, 2014

Why String?

String is a very useful commodity to have, it has many practical uses, a great platform for amusement, and a never ending source of entertainment.

String is a product that everyone uses and somewhere within their household they have it. String comes in various colours and sold in several forms, be it in cones, balls or just a metre or two in a bag.

Just in case, there are some of you reading this article, and thinking to yourselves, "Where can I get this?"  there are a number of outlets for string so please try your stationers, hardware store, garden centre or even your local corner shop and I am sure that they will be able to help you.


When I was a child , string held a fascination, with none other than the cats cradle. I never seemed to get it right, though my brothers and sister were good at it.

We, kids [there were four of us] had a favourite pastime , much to the annoyance of our parents. Spider webs! We were brought up in a three storey house and the ballistra was open and allowed us to wind string from top to bottom of the house, to and fro the landings, tying the door handles and make it a near impossibility to manouvre without falling over. We, would do this and go out, thus avoiding the inevitable destruction of our handiwork.

As we got older, we had the privilege of being allowed to put our finger on the knot when parcels were being tied. Did I say privilege, think it was sadistic, the number of times by finger was tied to the parcel was nobodies business .Ouch!

When, I left home I discovered more practical uses for string. The first was as a plumbline for when I was decorating. Adding a weight to a length of string and positioning up against a wall gave me a perfect straight line for hanging wallpaper.

I found that string gave me a perfect guide for laying blocks in a straight line, when I attempted to build a retaining wall to keep the garden from coming into my kitchen.

With the garden in place and the plants maturing , the use of string extended, to tying back unruly plants.

I have three boys, when they were younger ,they decided to go fishing. Ok , up the garden they went, lifting stones and flower pots to capture the elusive worm for their bait, storing them I might add in one of their lunch boxes. " Be back for tea" they shouted, "Will you cook our fish?" Assuring them that I would, they set off.

A few hours later , they returned, no fish , and with the youngest crying his eyes out. Getting to the bottom of the distress, I discovered that they had baited their hooks , thrown them into the water and watched as the fish took their hook and swam away. Trying hard not to laugh, I explained,

"to tie string to the hook before you throw it, and to attach the string to a piece of wood, like a broken branch from a tree, and that would have helped to solve the problem,

Realizing that they were really keen, we headed along to our local fishing tackle shop, purchased three fishing rods and reels, asked the keeper for the correct poundage of nylon fishing line for the type of fishing they wanted to do. Happiness was restored, and the whole summer was enjoyed by all.

The following year, the new craze was kite flying and several days were spent in designing and building their kites. However, after building the kite, decorating it, and walking up on the downs, their fun was short-lived. Holding the kite up in the air, running and releasing it, and they were gone forever. The kites flew away or bounced along the ground and were destroyed.

I am not sure what my kids were thinking, but decided to help with a few little pointers ensuring that the kites would not exceed the flying height of 50' from ground level.

Depending on the size of their kites, we decided whether they would need one or two connections from the kite. For each connection they needed:
52' of string, a piece of cylindrical wood, about 8" in length, to which one end of the string should be attached securely , with maybe a clove hitch type knot [ for added security, I would seal this knot with melted candle wax]

Then wound the string around the length of wood , and ensured that enough was left, with to attach the string, and seal, to their kites.

This summer also proved to be a great success, with both their fishing and kite flying.


Mozart - String Serenade no 13

Now I am older!



With the fun and games of childhood over, and my home and garden in a manageable state , I have the time to turn to my real passion regarding string, where emotion , thoughts and dreams are made - Music.

Schubert sends me into a melancholy state, where thoughts, tears and dreams become reality, wheras, Mozart is uplifting and leaves no room for sentiment other than good feeling, dance and fills me with total energy and life.

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    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      One should never be without it! I still can't beak the habit f keeping all string that comes my way!

    • Laughing Mom profile image

      Laughing Mom 7 years ago

      The spider webs were always fun to do at family reunions while everyone was asleep. When they woke up, they couldn't get out of their sleeping bags or pallets or beds or wherever they landed the night before without getting all tangled up and falling. I don't know why that's so funny, but it is.

      Cat's cradle required me to sit still for too long. I didn't have enough patience. But the video was very entertaining!

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      R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

      I tie a little piece of it around my finger to remind me of all it's uses....but I still forget what they are. Thanks for reminding me. I'll now tie a string around my finger to remind me where this hub was.........

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      Laughing Mom 7 years ago

      Mind explaining to me how you tie a string around your finger, R? I mean you only have the one hand with which to do the work......

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      R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

      Hey LM.....I'm a truly talented individual...I can even tie a knot in a cherry stem with my tongue.....and on the string...You actually use both hands....the thumb on the string tied hand is used to hold the string while tieing........and you thought I had no answer.

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      Laughing Mom 7 years ago

      Oh, I knew you had an answer *because* I knew you were truly talented. I just wanted to know how to do it. I have lots of things I need to remember.....

      And I can tie TWO knots in a cherry stem. So there!!

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Hi Gypsy, String is always handy to have around.

      RBlue and Laughing Mom, had to laugh myself, glad you sorted out how to tie string one handed, Thanks for popping in.

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      You can also tie around a tooth, and the knob on a door, have the poor unsuspecting child (owner of the loose tooth - it must be loose before you do this), then slam the door, pop the tooth out, give the screaming child some ice cream! And extra toothfairy coins under their pillow for putting up with this nonsense!

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      katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Are you stringin' me along by any chance? a great hub, keep on hubbin'

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Aww! Candie, that's cruel, good one though, haha

      Nah Katyzzz, honest it's all true, lol

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      Iphigenia 7 years ago

      Cat's cradle was a favourite game in our house. I love string - and still love playing with it. There was a poem that we learned at school which I can still recite verbatim, it is from Hillaire Belloc's 'Cautionary Tales for Children' and is called "Henry King" :

      The Chief Defect of Henry King 

      Was chewing little bits of String. 

      At last he swallowed some which tied 

      Itself in ugly Knots inside. 

      Physicians of the Utmost Fame

      Were called at once; but when they came

      They answered, as they took their Fees,

      "There is no Cure for this Disease.

      "Henry will very soon be dead."

      His Parents stood about his Bed

      Lamenting his Untimely Death,

      When Henry, with his Latest Breath, 

      Cried, "Oh, my Friends, be warned by me,

      That Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, and Tea

      Are all the Human Frame requires..."

      With that, the Wretched Child expires. 

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      great poem Iphy, will have to learn that one, thank you for adding it here.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Kin...! My two young girls used to tape strings across their doorway so I would trip when I came in to say goodnight - they thought it was soooo funny -and I loved them for it!  They could do cat's cradle like crazy, but I just tried!  Enjoyable hub and string music too - especially the 13th, which I like, but never know the name...  Thanks for great stringing hub!

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Thanks for reading , frogy, good to have you drop in. The 13th is one of my favourites.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Cheers me hearty, good to see you, have a good one.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hmmm interesting... I had to laugh though, I can be really bad at tying strings. :-)

    • Hawkesdream profile image
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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Hmmm, I thought that too.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Don't hate mondays, they are the start of a new week, who knows what may happen.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Don't believe a word of it ,bc, surely the cabin girl could amuse you a while.lol

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      lol, tell the Cap'n, next time he goes shopping, to buy you one. Great to see ya.

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      hilltrekker 7 years ago

      excellent hub, must appreciate your thoughtful vision, not everyone is blessed to peep into the little things important for life, but you are.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Thankyou hilltrekker for popping in to read and to leave a great comment.

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      I love the way you used a piece of string to tie different parts of your life into a story! I loved the videos also. :)

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Thanks K@ri, you know what they say:- how long is a piece of string? plenty of stories to come lol

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      As a gardener, I would never be without string! The spiderweb business was hilarious, what a mess. I'm glad my kids did not think of that.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      lol Dolores, we had such fun, especially if parents were having a lie in.

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      Rebecca Graf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Every house should have string in it's pantry.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      I quite agree RGraf, there is always string in our house, sometimes have to look for it, goes on walkabout you know!!!

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      Not Telling 7 years ago from Eastern Nowhere

      String is indispensible, and stringed instruments unique in the sound they produce and the technique required to play them. Very enjoyable article.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      thank you Not Telling, much appreciated, always good to see you.

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      Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

      A ball of string always reminds me of flying kites as a kid. You used string to hold the frame in a curved position, and of course, to fly the kite. We would tie several balls together and see how far we could get our kites to go. The distances we achieved was staggering, and it couldn't have been done without humble string.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      this is so very true, Christoph, could never fly a kite, always got tied up inknots lol

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      yes string is a neat thing. now we have the cosmologists and their string theory to play with too.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      hi Charlie, yes i thought about that one, might just do a little research. never know , an addition could be added it here OR a whole new hub , Yeah!!!

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I will inquire about this miracle device, this "string".

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      Shannondoah 7 years ago

      I bought a Box of assorted String from an Auction.

      I don't know what do do with it. But this Hub will definitely be a Source of Inspiration for me to make many wonderful things for friends and family.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Hi Shannondoah, thanks for dropping in, dont go tying everyone in knots , will you !!

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      LittleWhistle 7 years ago

      This is the most comprehensive hub regarding the creativity and use of string, I have ever seen. Absolutely brilliant. You are a good mom!

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Thank you so much LV, I do try to do my best. great to see you, your visits are always welcome.

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

      How did I miss this one? I like your grown up preoccupation with strings best! :)

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Hey Feline, thanks for popping in, I prefer the grown up stuff too.

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      *pulling string along the floor* "Here Kitty Kitty!!"

      Hey Hawkes!! This is has evolved into quite a nice hub!! Have you added to it? You know.. I have another use for string.. say you suspect someone is entering your room and going thru your stuff, but you can't be sure.. put a little piece of string in the door jam and if it's on the floor when you get back.. well, there you go.

      Just trying to be helpful!

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Candie, that is a brilliant idea, putting string in the door jam...thanks for this helpful tip.

      Yes I did add to the content, since your last visit, so many possibilities for the uses of string !!! I found.

      Sorry, didn't acknowledge the 'kitty' idea, think everyone has done that at some point in their life. lol

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      dickhead 6 years ago

      thx for your post bout sharing with us

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      kiki 4 years ago

      u could use a thick rope to bungee jump {sorry if i spelt bungee wrong} ;} hi

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