(St)ringing the Changes

One of the features of my hanging plaques has always been the wire hangers, with their twirly bits on the ends:

nana's kitchen sign - kids eat free

nana's kitchen sign - kids eat free

I’d already experimented a bit with using string instead of wire,  and was considering starting to use it more widely – and then the wire company changed the wire.

They changed it in a bad way – well, for me at least.  It’s softer and more pliable now, which means it’s less likely to keep its shape.  I’ve tried several other manufacturers and I always find the same problem.  Maybe for other applications softer is better but that’s not much use to me!

So I decided that, wherever possible, I’d change over to using a rustic jute string.

you are my sunshine

you are my sunshine

I actually think I prefer the string and I think some plaques look much better with string – it’s more in keeping with the shabby chic look.  It also makes posting easier (I probably spend hours cutting up cardboard to sandwich around plaques so the wire isn’t damaged en route) and is safer around young children.

personalised craft room hanging plaque

personalised craft room hanging plaque

It seems that most customers don’t really have a strong preference.  However, if you would rather have wire, I can still do it as there’s plenty in stock (some of it’s a bit on the soft side though!) – you just need to ask.  Email me any time: Wendy@1stUniqueGifts.co.uk!

It will take time to re-photograph and re-upload all the photos on the website – but we’ll get there eventually.


  1. Its so annoying when companies change their products isn’t it – that happened to me with some of my paint colours (nightmare!)

    I agree with you though – the string gives a really nice rustic feel and is certainly more child friendly.

    Ali x

  2. Wendy says:

    I’ve had the same problem with paint colours, Ali – very annoying when it’s one of your favourite or most-used colours!

  3. RosMadeMe says:

    I am now going to preserve my “Sleeps to Christmas” blackboard… I can see it being reviewed on the Antiques Roadshow, as “this is an early period piece by Wendy from her original designs, she later moved onto string and these are much prized. Mind you all of her work is!”

    Isn’t it funny how some modifications happen organically and others are forced on us? :)

  4. Jill says:

    Perhaps it is the good old ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ – easier and less packing/packaging (good for the environment and purses) and your work still looks good even with the change of material.

  5. Stephen says:

    It’s awful when stuff like this happens. At least you’ve came up with a good solution.

  6. James says:

    To the casual observer there may be no visual difference between veneers of natural and manufactured stone. http://www.expono.com/jamesstonemason/photos/1663861/

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