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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Darned Neckties!

How do you work with this staring you in the face?  I seem to have a lot of this lately.

I think that part of it was the fact that I trimmed trees this morning and my hands probably still smelled green...He's an indoor cat.
I decided that I needed shelf fillers, if Tessie was turning the bottom floor into a sales room.

I don't want to be weaving from now until doomsday.  So I dragged out the innards of my men's ties.  The insides are as useful as the silk on the outside.

Tessie is sitting in the middle of the pile to show you all the different textures and colors.

They kind of look hand woven and with a bit of darning, they become usable.

On this one, I simply ran a single thread through, over and under one thread.  Five rows each way, with four threads between.

The gold stripes that you see were already there.  Perhaps they could be used in some way too.

When you fold the pieces up and put them on a shelf, they look like they could be a blanket or spread of some kind.

I want to do some more experimenting with this treatment.

Remember when I made this one?  Same idea.  Only it was done on waste canvas for needlepoint and cross stitch.

It is all running, darning stitch.
On some of the coarser tie stuff, I messed with doing darning stitch in a bargello pattern.  It turned out OK...But I think that it would work a lot better if I could find my smallest embroidery hoop.  It tends to draw up and I had to fight it a lot while working.

The advantage is, it is a lot faster than doing the regular bargello needlework stitches.

I am also thinking that some of the overshot weaving patterns could be done on the finer woven linings.

You always get stuck with looking at the good and the bad experiments.  This one was kind of towards the lower end of the scale...About a 4, but I think that with a bit of  trial and error, it could work.

Back to the drawing board.

See you tomorrow.


Lucille said...

Thanks, Casey! Another wonderful tip! They do make lovely blankets. The cat looks so cute!

12Create said...

The amount of times I have ripped apart an old tie for the fabric and thrown away the back!

2minimom said...

What about using a marker to "dye" some of the threads? Although, I like the look of the single added threads. Now I know why I saved all those tie "guts"!

Caseymini said...

I am on the iPad and accidentally deleted this. Sorry Chris!

Powellgirlz3 has left a new comment on your post "Darned Neckties!":

Wow, that is cool! Still a lot of patience.

I know what you mean about the kitty. They want to be part of everything, on top of everything, and in the middle of everything. And I can't imagine life without that. :-)

~ Chris

Caseymini said...

2minimom, the tie insides are very absorbent, being natural fiber. You could try it, but I think that the color would run. Let me know how it works, if you try. Good luck.

Elizabeth S said...

Hi Casey! I like the idea of making the inside of the tie into a folded blanket. It really lends itself to the look and I think that it is a wonderful way to reuse and repurpose the entire necktie. Thanks for this posting and as to the staring cat; I recall That pose very well! hahahah


Liduina said...

Hey Casey, how clever of you to use the insides of men ties as well as the outsides. I never thought of that! Thanks for the hint. By the way; I think you cat is adorable, even when staring at you the way he does :-)

Veronique Blommaart said...

I recently "inherited" a few ties when a friend's father passed away. Had not figured out what to use them for. Thank you for the tip! As for cats...who could live without them. Mine has a cute-attack today so very little mini work for me but lots of cuddles for him. Ah well, there's always tomorrow! X

Cara said...

I, for one, always appreciate that you show us both the successes and those you consider failures. Most how to type blogs only show these fabulous results and gloss over any issues they might have had along the way. I feel the "failures" help give us the confidence to try something we've not attempted before.