Monthly Archives: January 2016

Making Bias Tape with Silk Ties

Repurposing mens ties into bias binding

Repurposing mens ties into bias binding

I love being part of a small group of artists – you get to know the people much better than attending a formal meeting. You can actually talk to each other and get to know the work. One of the women was cutting up silk ties. Why, I asked?

She cuts them into strips for bias binding. What a smart idea. They are useful for clothing, which she makes herself – beautifully, or for quilts.

Surfing the internet found me this tutorial from the Instructables website – Re-purposing men’s ties into bias tape..

Silk ties are easy to find. Raid your husband’s stash, which he doesn’t use any more. Explore thrift stores – piles to chose from.

What a good idea.

Batik by MIrah 2015 Fall Collection

Batik by MIrah 2015 Fall Collection

Batik by MIrah 2015 Fall Collection

I realise it is now 2016 but I just found this scrumptious image of fabric leaves in my Pending email box. I collect pretty images, interesting emails, and blog posts and save them for posting.

Embarcadero Quilt pattern by Heidi Pridemore

Embarcadero Quilt pattern by Heidi Pridemore

This came just before Quilt Market in Houston. There are free quilt projects to make with the collections. Here’s one – The Embarcadero by Heidi Pridemore. The downloadable .pdf is the 5th pattern on the page. Rather lovely.