and update you on what I have been working on. But, before I get into that, I want to say that I really enjoyed the Mini-National Rose Show (July 24 thru 27, 2014). The West Jersey Rose Society put on a fabulous show. They really know how to get things organized and get it done. I met some great people and got a few invites to be a vendor at a few shows across the Country.
Now on with my update. After the Mid-Winter Getaway in Harrisburg this year, I started collecting fabrics, making bags, collecting graphics for some journals, note cards and a few special items that I had never made before.
At the Mid-Winter I was asked if I had any neckties. Well, I didn’t but that I would consider adding them. After I got back, I set out researching how to make a necktie since I had never made one before. I never realized how much handwork was involved in making at necktie. I also didn’t realize that there are a few ways you can tie it and that the necktie is very personal to the one wearing it. It makes a statement.
So, once I found a pattern that I thought would work, I set out making a sample tie. As I mentioned earlier, there is a lot of handwork involved.
- First, you draft and cut the pattern.
- Then the pieces are cut on the bias so that the tie has the flexibility to be twisted and turned to form the knot. The only machine stitching I did was to sew the front, middle and back together.
- You then go to work marking seam allowances, ironing, folding, putting in the lining for the tip, iron in the interfacing, then more interfacing and more folding, hand basting down the folded pieces so they don’t slip; and
- Hand stitch it up the middle. Oh I forgot to mention, making the loop and finding the cleanest way to attach it.
- Finally it is done.
After all of that, I got 4 neckties made and sold all but 1. I have to say, I really enjoy making them. For my first ties I decided to make them out of good quality cotton fabric and, of course, since I was going to a “Rose” event, they had to have roses on them in some form or fashion. I had several requests for Silk neckties so that is one of next projects to look forward to.
I added a few new bag designs, new journals, some great note cards that I had not offered in the past. I wanted to add something really special to the mix so I decided to create a hand painted SILK scarf with a rose motif on it. That was a fun challenge and I will write about that in my next blog.
Till next time, I would like to share with you some photos of the new items, views of the neckties in production and my table from the Mini-National Rose Show.