Deconstructing Ties part 2
Deconstructed tie ready to have the folds removed
Once the ties have been deconstucted you need to iron the folds out. These folds can be very hard to remove as they were never intended to come out once put in! Sometimes you will be left with a shadow of the line no matter what you do but it’s barely visible in your finished product and even when it is it just adds to the up-cycled charm.
You need high heat and steam, lots of steam, for the most effective results. While a steam iron can obviously provide the steam you can’t always safely put the iron directly on the fabric at the temperature needed. This technique allows you to use the iron hotter than normal for the fabric and has never yet (touch wood!) damaged any of the ties I’ve used it on but always test on small area of the tie first of course though just in case – especially if using silk or wool ties. There is often a small area towards the middle of the length with a seam either side where the strips that make the tie have been joined, test on this piece and it can easily be removed if it does get damaged.