Friday, 25 May 2012

Hooray! Welcome to the very first blog post for Joallie Petit! I have a confession...although I have NOOOO trouble thinking of things to say in everyday life (no laughing, friends!)...I sat in front of the computer screen for ages...completely blank. WHAAA!? That never happens. So, in order to overcome my new found shyness, I decided to do up a tutorial for the silk tie flowers I showed on my facebook page recently. This is something I have figured out myself; I haven't borrowed the tutorial/idea from anywhere else, so if you'd like to use it, that's completely fine- but PLEASE  acknowledge me/the blog!
So, here goes....

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: we get to the FUN bit. The bit where you ultimately will remove at least half of the skin pad from your fingers. Just'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'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 ;)

Jo xx


  1. Welcome to Blog world!!!! congrats on a great first entry, looking forward in following your blog journey x

  2. I love them Jo! I am off to raid the "uglies" from my husbands wardrobe now ;p

  3. They look fabulous. You know you can break out the glue gun for my next birthday ;) Looking forward to the next entry.

  4. What a wonderful (and unique) tutorial, thankyou for sharing Jo! I may need to add something like these to my home decor xx

  5. Thanks for the tutorial, your flower ties look awesome. Blog looks amazing too! I look forward to following your future posts xx

  6. Great first tutorial Jo. Will be linking this in my blog. Thankyou. XX

  7. You are sooooooo incredibly creative!!!!! We really must meet face to face one day.

  8. Hooray for you and your hot glue gun! Very entertaining, funny and creative. Just like your lovely self. Looking forward to more!

  9. Oh they look AWESOME!! Congratualtions on your first post AND your first tutorial.

  10. Such a fantastic idea!

    Congrats on your first blog post :)

  11. Hi Jo, congrats on your first blog and great tutorial! I love the tie roses, you are very clever. I also recycle silk ties, but hadn't thought of doing this!! Look forward to future posts, keep up the great work. x

  12. Thank you for sharing this with me & suggesting the site to me at the Darlington Estate Arts & Crafts fair! Look forward to reading more at a later stage! :)
    Daena Guest (Vandras sister!)

  13. Hello Jo,

    It's been month's since you posted this and I just found it and loved it. I am with you,...glue guns are very scary. I,like you have just about burned my fingers to death. I love your necktie roses. Great Job!


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