So, I set about to find some for a more reasonable cost. I had some Sugar n Cream kitchen cotton, but it was a little too thick. So, I separated the strands, and voila!
Here is my version next to the "fancy floss" from Archiver's:
Because there are 4 plies in the strand, you can create multiple color combinations. For example, the reddish cotton has a ply of red, white, beige and yellow; so you could use red/white, red/beige, red/yellow, beige/white, beige/yellow or use two red, yellow or white create your own combination. Same for the blue/white/green cotton skein. I used two plies for each of the samples that I made.
Oh - the best part? The kitchen cotton is on sale at Michael's this week for $1 a ball. Each ball has 95 yards, so the cost is about 1/2 a cent per 2 ply yard of "baker's twine." The Archiver's twine cost 15 cents per yard. I know you won't need almost 200 yards of baker's twine, so you can either share with friends or learn to crochet!!