So, here goes....
SILK TIE FLOWER TUTORIAL
You will need:
- A hot glue gun (I prefer a high temp gun for stronger hold)
- a silk tie
- a dried twig from the garden (about 1-1.5cm thickness)
- embroidery scissors and an unpick tool
- Bandaids. Lots of bandaids. And burn cream.
- The necessary equipment to make a cup of tea. Essential.
So, start by removing the little label that usually
sits on the tie with your unpick/scissors. It's important that you just remove the stitching, and leave all the fabric/fold intact:
Then, once it's removed, get rid of any loose threads, then glue the seam together with a dab of hot glue. Try to make sure that none of the hot glue escapes the seam, as this might be visible later when you fold your petals:
Yaaaay..now we get to the FUN bit. The bit where you ultimately will remove at least half of the skin pad from your fingers. Just kidding...it's only about a third. I tend to exaggerate sometimes.
Start by inserting the stick into the open end at the thinnest section of the tie and gluing to secure. It it's not open, that's fine, just glue it to one side of the stick, and fold over, then continue the tutorial as normal:
You may need to wait a few seconds for the glue to dry, which is fine. Just make a cup of tea, and enjoy the sensation of your hot cup burning the exposed skin from finger pads. If you've managed to avoid that joy so far...don't worry...it's coming.
Now, we get to wrap the tie around the stick a couple of times (use the hot glue at the base of the wrapping to keep it in place as you go) before folding the tie towards you. Adhere it with the glue gun at the base of the flower (that's the point next to your fingerpads)
Then fold the tie down and towards you (so there's a nice 'loop/fold' for the petal at the top)
Keep alternating between a bit of TIGHT wrapping, a bit of folding, until you come to almost the end of your tie. You'll notice I kept the instructions for this section light. That's because you'll be so busy cursing at the glue on your fingertips you won't really pay attention anyway...
Ta da! One stick of hot glue, four band-aids, a cup of tea & some swearing later...and you almost finished! If you don't have peeling fingers yet, don't worry. I'll give you one more chance:
Glue the open end of your tie together and press tight. The glue might come out a bit...mwahahahaha. It should look like this:
Then, simply fold over, and TIGHTLY roll till it's all finished! Don't be skimpy on the hot glue, and you can fasten the end with glue and pressing with your fingers (my method) or a couple of stitches (hindsight method).
It's amazing how gorgeous these ties can look on mass; and seriously, it's always the REALLY ugly ties that seem to work the best! They look so different when twisted. The thicker/longer the tie, the more larger/more bulky the rose will be. That's fine, just make sure you use a strong enough twig, and LOTS of glue!!
I hope you enjoyed my very first tutorial post...feel free to comment and let me know how many band-aids you used for your fingers...oh, and how they turned out ;)