December 28, 2009

Upcycled Neckties


My latest project consists of upcycled mens neckties. The quality of the fabric, the intricate designs, and the rich colors make great starter pieces for my bib necklaces and neckwear. I start by disassembling the tie and removing the stabilizing fabric. After washing and pressing, I make a gathering stitch along the folded edge. Carefully, I attach the gathered tie to a piece of felted wool fabric that I previous cut out. Some neckwear is simple, others are embellished with vintage buttons, crystals, or other found objects. I like the way Sobo Style described these pieces . . . more than a scarf, but less than a necklace.

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