Originally Posted by tiecollector
Tie Collector, I have never seen a book on tie making, although there are patterns for sale and the occasional article here and there. Almost all ties these days are machine made or "hand made" on an assembly line - very, very quickly.... I have never seen high quality combed wool tie interlining fabric in a fabric store, and I am certain that it is no longer made in the USA. We have ours woven in Italy by small family run mills. And except for a few fabric stores in New York you will rarely see necktie silk for sale in a fabric store. Although you can buy inexpensive silk in a fabric store to make practice ties. As for patterns the commercial ones are a good start. The real secret to making a beatiful tie is the same as the one we learned as boys making model airplanes and boats - go slowly and carefully. Also if you really want to end up with a nice tie, making your own pattern will help you get a feel for how to change the shape. Lined six-folds or unlined seven-folds can also be made at home but you need lots of patience, and you need to have mastered standard three-folds first. The good news is that you won't need a pattern because you will be making your own patterns by the time that you are ready for complex constructions. I have made quite a few posts on the subject of interlinings, which along with my tie making instructions is enough to get you started. I will use the answers to questions to make an online guide on the new site (under construction) www.necktiesupplies.com
I am curious to see what will be most popular: silk and wool by the yard or precut pieces. Comments or suggestions are appreciated as always. Maybe for the Christmas season some sort of package.