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 →
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 →