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Recycling Mens Ties with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop notes recycled ties:

Unpick the ties and take out any filler; you should cut off the triangular ends - you could use these in maybe another project such as a mobile phone holder or glasses holder.

Once unpicked, the ties should be washed and then dried. Don't worry about separating out silk and other, they can be mixed as they will be sewn onto a base fabric.

Press gently; remember that the ties have been made on the bias grain.

Once pressed cut into long strips down the tie - again remember that they will stretch so treat with care.

The strips can be any width you like; try 2 ½”to start with and save any scraps maybe for your second project!

Cut a square of base fabric - calico, lightweight vilene or similar - to a size that you think you would like to use, say 12"

Place the first strip of tie fabric across the base fabric r.side up and pin.

Place another strip of fabric ontop right side down matching up the raw edges on one side; sew through with a seam allowance (can be ¼” but doesn’t have to be); since everything is on the bias be careful not to stretch the fabrics.

Press the second strip open onto the base fabric; pin, add another strip and repeat until one side of the base fabric has been covered

Repeat across the remainder of the base fabric.

Make as many squares as you think are sufficient for your project; give a final press and then square up accurately so all the squares are the same size.

Make into your quilt.

You could make borders the same way.

You don’t have to have all the strips the same width; try using up the scraps.

Recycle Ties into Patchwork

Such a great idea to re-use ties to make quilts. Some preparation is needed in the form of unpicking the ties, washing them and then giving them a gentle press, but this can easily be done of an evening when you feel you don't want to be completely idle (!).

The Soak product should be readily avai;able through your local quilt shop and is a very useful to have for any of those precious hand-wash items - no rinsing and no sticky residue. - if not you can contact www.creativequilting.co.uk for more information

This idea was shared by my friend Hilary Davis of Colchester Essex and 'Recycled Neckties' was the largest piece in her Textiles Show at The NazeTower, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex.Summer Exhibition which ran 26 June to 5 September 2010

www.nazetower.co.uk for current exhibition details.

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