Geetha Krishnan wants to know our sources for pipe cleaners. Pipe cleaners, or chenille stems, come in a vast array of size, shape, and color. They can be found at most craft stores, but we've chosen a few sources to exhibit a variety of options.
Create For Less is a great online source for many craft supplies. They will have all the classic pipe cleaners, plus some special kinds, like metallic-
Or Bump Chenille Stems-
The beautiful Cotton Chenille Wired Roping and Stems pictured below are available at D. Blumchen & Company, a great source for vintage craft supplies and inspiration.
These Chenille stems are uniquely soft because they are made with 100% cotton fibers. They come in white, and can easily be dyed to the color you chose. This method was used for an Easter crafts story in the April 2007 issue of Living, and the instructions can be found here. (It can be applied to the fancy Chenille Stems, as well as your average craft Chenille Stems)
You can use your dyed chenille stems to make something as sweet as this! -
And finally, getting right back to the source, why not try a tobacco shop for the original "pipe cleaners". These inexpensive white stems have a similar soft fullness to that of the old fashioned variety available at D. Blumchen.