Have necktie, will travel . . .

Over the years, people have asked me about making quilts from neckties.

I generally declined because of the extra work involved.  You have to disassemble the necktie before you can assemble it into a quilt.

Well, I spoke with a potential client about a necktie quilt (or at least a wall hanging), and finally decided to give it a try.

I had three neckties on hand.  I opened the seam along the back, removed the bit of lining at the two ends, and steamed the fabrics flat.

Because neckties are often made of silk and cut on the bias to boot, I steamed a lightweight interfacing to the back of the ties to stabilize them. Then, I cut them into strips like I normally do.

I cut my usual shapes from the strips and sewed them to my stamped muslin foundations, trimming the seam allowances to 1/8″ and steaming as I went.

Five hours later, this is what I came up with:

Silk necktie block
Silk necktie block

I actually liked the process and the results better than I thought I would. This will make a fine sample to show the client.

Now, I wanna ask you a simple question:

Got neckties?

9 thoughts on “Have necktie, will travel . . .

  1. The block looks great I would never have thought of using neckties. I’ve had lots over the years, and have a few right now. I think you can get them for pretty cheap at second hand stores. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. I like how the block looks with tie fabric.
    I’ve been working with ties for a couple of years and love them. I make wall art and want a strong stabilised piece so use the ties as a whole .. i don’t unpick them. It’s slower stitching them as they are thick but i love the way they fit together. I sew then all to a backing as they do move and stretch and don’t retain the shape of the piece of art.
    So an answer to your question YES i have ties and still have about 1,000 even after making my art. Each of the pieces use 60 – 100 ties. I spent about 2 years buying nearly every op shop tie in the whole of the North Island NZ.

    1. Yes, I’ve seen your website, Margherita . . . In fact, you inspired ME!! I especially like the woven pieces.

      Recycling neckties . . . how Green (and Red, and Blue, and Yellow, and . . .)!!

      1. Thank you for your lovely feedback … 🙂 it’s great being able to create and have fun doing it and having people enjoy the end result. I also love the woven pieces and have a few more planned.

  3. I love that block. Haven’t used neckties before and we have very few around here (academic careers don’t lend themselves to wearing a lot of neckties), but I think they would be fun to work with and I can imagine the silk would take quilting stitches beautifully.

    1. Thank you, Marjorie . . .

      Besides the tedious part of picking the neckties apart, I had no trouble with the silk after stabilizing it with fusible interfacing. I haven’t gotten to the quilting part yet. I’m debating whether or not to use decorative stitches.

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