Downloadable Bow Tie Templates

9 Eclectic Bow Ties © 2012 J. Thomson -

[NOTE: As of 7/26/2013, links to this post now point to]

For months now, I’ve been wearing a bow tie every day at work. I consider it a little bit of personal branding… to some who don’t know my name, I’m just “the bow tie guy” and that’s fine. Our clients/visitors get a kick out of seeing them, and they often will strike up a conversation with me about my tie. So it functions as a conversation piece or ice-breaker too. They’re always amazed when they find out I make many of the ties I wear.

The problem with working a full-time job, managing my studio, AND making bow ties is that I can’t keep up with it enough to wear a different tie every day, which is really something I’d like to do. So I’ve come up with some ways to streamline the process of making them. In the beginning, it would take me a couple of hours to make a tie (not counting the time it took to design the pattern & print the fabric, of course!) But now I can easily make four or five ties in the same span of time. Continue reading

The Mod Box Collection: 7 modern Cut & Sew Bow-Ties for the modern man

The Mod Box Collection: 7 Modern Cut & Sew Bow-Ties fabric by J. Thomson © 2013

I’ve just finished creating a new pattern I’m calling “Mod Boxes”. It was inspired by my love of all things Mod+Retro. While some of these are certainly festive enough to wear to a holiday party, none of them screams “Christmas Tie!” and they could be worn throughout the year. These patterns will be available soon on Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap (for a limited time), a bow tie cut-n-sew pattern, and even a pattern to make matching pocket squares (or dinner napkins). [Update: the bow tie cut-n-sew and pocket squares patterns are now available for sale on Spoonflower.] Continue reading

Trailer Trash Toile wallpaper


Trailer Trash Toile, © 2012 J. ThomsonMy Trailer Trash Toile fabric design is now available on custom-printed wallpaper from! Click the image to see it, and the other colors it comes in.

Little Dots wallpaper

Little Dots on Charcoal wallpaper design © 2012 J. Thomson


This is one of my designs that is now available as custom-printed wallpaper and wall decals from Spoonflower, in addition to fabric. Continue reading

Royal Crowns Wallpaper

Royal Crowns (Yellow on Blue) wallpaper design © 2012 J. ThomsonRoyal Crowns wallpaper design (yellow on blue) now available from Spoonflower. Continue reading

New Fabric: Mixtape

Mixtape fabric © 2012 J. Thomson

Mixtape fabric © 2012 J. Thomson

Note: the copyright notice you see in the watermarked image above does not print on the fabric of course.


New fabrics: Hand-Drawn Polka Dots

Dots on Robin's Egg Blue Dots on Rust Dots on Orange Dots on Goldenrod Dots on White Dots on Black

New collection of fabrics available on tiny hand-drawn polka dots in coordinating colors. These are the same colors I used in my hand-drawn stripes pattern, so you can use any combination of them together and the colors will match perfectly.

Note: The copyright notice you see in the watermarked images does not print on the fabric, of course.

Burghers of Calais

The Burghers of Calais by A. Rodin

One of the benefits of working right next door to Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum, is that I can take a nice walk through the gardens surrounding the museum at lunch or in the early morning before work. The Rodin Museum has been closed for renovations since September, but it should be opening up again soon. Recently, this cast of Auguste Rodin’s Burghers of Calais appeared on the East Terrace. It was always meant to be sited outside, but previously was on display in the gallery.

Rodin's Burghers of Calais, on a flatbed truckSee the sculpture re-installed several months after this post was written here.


Sculpture by Louise Nevelson at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo © 2012 J. Thomson


Stolen. Photo © 2012 J. Thomson