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Old neckties can be used to make clothes, quilts and home decor

Neckties. They're not only handy as last-minute Father's Day gifts. They also provide a multitude of materials and designs for sewing projects.

"Anything you can sew you can make with neckties," says Nancy Gamon of Cincinnati. "You just have this (necktie) line that becomes part of the design element."

Peruse the Internet for ideas, and be astounded. Crafters like Gamon are turning vintage and everyday neckties into astounding things — from home decorations, such as pillows, chairs and lampshades, to apparel. The latter gets pretty high-style in the hands of those who sew neckties into skirts, tops and evening wear.

Necktie crafters include author Shirley Botsford of Beacon, N.Y., who began crafting with ties in the early 1990s and now teaches others; Barbara Lawrence of San Diego, who quilts with ties and blogs about her obsession; Ronnie Ryno of Spokane, Wash., who took up sewing three years ago and now crafts elaborate ball gowns; Stacey Sharman of Berkeley, Calif., who creates complicated quilts; Laura Kluvo of Scottsdale, Ariz., who makes skirts and purses, and blogs about it at Rick Rack Ruby; and Peter R. Russo of San Francisco, who dreamed up a chair using neckties for the seat... continue

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Comment by Brenda J. Moore on January 19, 2012 at 11:42am

I LOVE THIS!!  Wow.  Gotta tell you the "value-village" and other second hand shops in Ontario are getting smarter. The silk, old ties are now more expensive than their polyester mates. Shame, just mark them all the same and let us just buy the goods already!

Comment by Stormee Bryant on July 21, 2010 at 7:44pm
I have a tub of ties I have been collecting for a few years. I want to do something unique with them. What do you suggest besides "tossing them" like my husband always tease me.

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