Yes, it's another necktie project... Yes, I'm obsessed with neckties - it happens every fall. I'll get over it.
These are pins. They're great on bags and hats. I know the photo is a little strange. It was dark, I took the photo with a flash and then tried to fix it in photoshop.... I'm not too good at photoshop.... Take care.
To make the roses start with about a 30-inch length of necktie, a long needle and some strong thread, small scraps of green velvet or other fabric for leaves, a 1 & 1/4-inch circle of black velveteen or felt to cover the back, a pinback, scissors, pins and an index card to make a pattern.
Begin by folding over the pointed end of the tie at a 45-degree angle and then rolling it up in a coil. Cut about 45 inches of thread and using a single strand and a long needle (I also use a thimble) begin to stitch the coil together at the bottom securing the edges.
Continue coiling and stitching only about the first two inches of the tie - then switch to gathering about an inch of the tie at a time and then securing it. Keep the stitches at the bottom of the rose.
Continue to gather up the edge and secure it to the already-finished rose. It is important here NOT to keep stacking the stitches to the very center bottom of the rose, but to move them outward. you want a "cup" shape - not a "cone" shape.
Continue until you are about six inches from the end and then cut off the tie at an angle. Please note the direction of the angle.
Continue to gather and secure, placing raw end of tie on the bottom of the rose.
Secure thread, stitching through the rose several times and tie off.
Here is what it looks like from the top now...
The pattern for the leaf is about 2.5 inches across at the bottom and 2.75 inches tall in the center. Cut two pairs of leaves from velvet or another fabric. I've also made the leaves from green necktie tips.
Stitch around the leaves, right sides together, leaving the straight bottom edge open.
Turn leaves right side out
With a new single strand of heavy thread, gather up the bottom edge of one leaf and secure it to the bottom of the rose. Don't put it all the way in the center.
In a similar fashion, gather up the second leaf, secure it to the bottom of the rose, then add the black velveteen circle to cover the stitches and last, add the pinback.
Secure thread and tie off.
Here is what it looks likes from the top. All done!