Today, I tore up an old purse. It was one of those fake-straw summer jobs. I forgot to take a picture of it before I tore into it with the scissors, but here's the "straw" that I salvaged:
The individual straws are only about 10 inches long, but they should be usable for embroidered details. The straws are very pliable, and probably made of plastic. I like the pale straw-y color and the slight waviness from being part of a woven piece. The purse was a total goner, but had served me well for 4 years. I'm glad I could save some of it. Also saved some hardware...perhaps that will show up on the blog sometime in the future.
Next: can I use these to make a star?? We'll see :)