Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Walter is retiring in a couple of months and will no longer be in need of dress up clothes anymore. He was about to toss his ties. He knows better, so he gave me first dibs on them.
This first bunch will probably be saved for larger crafts.
I could also call this entry the anatomy of a necktie. Probably a lot of you have seen the value of men's silk ties in mini, but for those of you that haven't, here goes.
I seldom buy them any more unless needed or I see one that I know that I will use. If you do go looking, make sure there is a small tag on the inner seam that says 100% pure silk. That's the key for good mini work. The synthetic ones don't glue well.
When you take them apart, don't throw anything away. Well maybe the labels.... The rest can be used. The cheap stuff that is the lining of the bottom maybe. The outer skin is at least a quarter of a yard of silk cut on the bias. You do have to be careful how you use it because of the grain of the fabric. If you want it to fit around curves it is good to use it on the bias(threads running diagonally). If you want it to hold shape, use it on the grain. The bias stretches. The straight of grain doesn't.
The very inside of the tie often has a couple of even weave white pieces that can be used for cross stitch and other purposes if you are desperate for materials. I used to make quite nice kitchen towels from them with a cross stitch band across the bottom and a fringed edge. Waste not, want not.
This is the end results of a couple of ties from the 70s or 80s.
Both are silk. Most ties will make a couple of chairs like this if you cut them carefully. Need I say, the wider the tie, the better.
OK...Everybody run for the nearest thrift shop...do not cut up the ties of the man of the house! He will not be happy. No matter what beautiful minis you make from them.
Under no circumstances are you to use the phrase, "Casey told me to!" or "Tessie said I could."!
See you tomorrow.