People have often asked me if I make neckties (in addition to the bow ties I’m already known for), and why I don’t make them.
The truth is, I’ve never had an interest in making them since I rarely wear them. However, lately I’ve been wanting to make a few neckties because I had some gorgeous fabric that isn’t suitable for bow ties: it’s either too thick, or the pattern is too large to make an impact in the relatively small area of a bow tie. Continue reading →
American Toile:Four Centuries of Sensational Scenic Fabrics and Wallpaper is a new book by Michele Palmer (Schiffer Books). From the publisher’s site: “American toile is scenic fabric and wallpaper that bring the story of America to life. It is fifty percent American history, fifty percent fabric history, and one hundred percent fascinating!”
I’ve just posted a new section on shop.Lavaguy.com for custom made bow-ties. You pick from my collection of >32 vintage and rare textiles (velvets, silks, brocades, geometrics, stripes, solids…) and choose from 7 bow-tie shapes, and I’ll create a special bow-tie for you!
Last Saturday, I hunted & gathered new (old) fabrics for bow-ties, and I hit the mother lode! I found a new (to me) place called The Resource Exchange, in Philadelphia. They’re all about recycling and up-cycling materials that otherwise would’ve been thrown in the landfill. They take donations from film production companies, theater companies, and individuals and make them available at reasonable prices to DIY crafters like me. Continue reading →
The Patriotic Collection: What could be more American than Stars, Stripes, and Baseball? This collection includes seven different DIY cut and sew bow-ties on one yard of fabric. Instructions included. Best suited for Cotton Sateen (makes 7 bow-ties) or Cotton Silk (makes 5 bow-ties). See this, and all of my DIY Bow-Ties at Spoonflower.com. Available now. Continue reading →