Maybe the older ones are different ?
Straying a bit from the topic, I started bringing home baling twine that was actually twine rather than plastic thinking I would wind some up and make an old-fashioned twine ball for my mother, who has mentioned missing having one for ages now.
It didn't wind up well, but I just kept on bringing it home until I'm thinking of making a scare-crow. Looping a head and arms similar to these horsehair angels. Then a second bunch tied in half for legs, tie off for hands and feet, dress in kids clothes, and there you go.
Think it would work?