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« on: September 19, 2018 12:08:29 PM »

A dear friend owns an Adirondack summer home compete with one of those fabulous mens ties chairs in her guest bedroom. However, when guests do arrive (and they flock to her place each summer for the beauty) they end up putting their luggage on the bed. Not too convenient. So I decided to provide her with a rack to go along with the theme of her chair.

My friend George Albee made a luggage holder in 1970 as a gift for my parents. It has remained in the family and in spite of the fabric ribbons being busted for the past ten years, I rescued it from the tag sale my father held when he moved to assisted living last year.

What was originally on it..... gorgeous and retro but no way to salvage.

I have been collecting ties for a couple of years, hoping to one day make a tie chair of my own. Each time Goodwill has them for 99 cents, I gorge. So I was able to dig into my collection and come up with nine brown themed silk ones for this project. I did not want to use any bright or fun fabrics because I was afraid they might clash with the existing chair at my friend's house.

Since I have been ill all summer, my joints don't really work so I could not pick up my sewing machine in order to set it up and sew a bunch of ties together, which I originally pictured for this project. I opted to braid them instead and I think it will do. So I was able to hand sew in the few places that needed such a thing, which was only the edges.

I was even able to save all 18 little brad nails and use them in the original holes.

Here is what it looks like where it meets the wood. The one place that you still get the visual of a tie.

This is her Christmas gift but will be handed over next week before she leaves her summer home.


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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2018 12:46:39 PM »

That's a really neat use for old ties that I'd never seen or heard of until now!  The different tie patterns make for pretty braids too.  A dollar a tie is a pretty good thrift store price; I've never looked at the local Goodwill's tie selection (I generally make a beeline for the toys), but the St. Vincent de Paul Society thrift store I frequent most often sells them for that same price.   Do you have a photo of your friend's chair that you hope to pair this with?  And sorry to hear that your joints weren't up to managing your sewing machine; hopefully they'll improve with time.

Sad tie confession #1: I only own clip-on ties.  I watched my sister's friend's husband show a boy how to tie his tie at my sister's wedding last month, so, after that demonstration, I kinda, almost, sort of think I could manage that myself now . . .  Roll Eyes

Sad tie confession #2:  When I was buying my clothes for said wedding, I seriously considered getting a garish Coneheads Beldar tie and wearing that, but, common sense prevailed, and I bought a respectable solid dark brown one instead.  You shouldn't show up at your sister's special day dressed like a clown--even I know that!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2018 01:07:27 PM »

Such a great project, I love using old ties in stuff like this. I have a collection but can't remember what I started collecting for so am always on the look out for good ideas. I will file this one for sure, thanks for sharing Smiley.

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2018 02:28:22 PM »

How clever!

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2018 05:34:14 PM »

I love that everything you make has a history to it, nothing goes to waste, you are so thoughtful and mindful of the person you are giving it to, and you always find a way to get it done.

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