Deconstructing Ties part 2

Deconstructed tie ready to have the folds removed

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.

Use the iron dry and on the highest heat setting. Take a clean cloth like a teatowel and soak it through with cold water then wring it out until not dripping but still very wet. The tea towel I am using here is years old and is used only for pressing, the marks on it are from when Ive got heat bondables stuck to it :).
Lay the tie out face down and lay the wet cloth over the top ensuring it is unfolded and the tie is flat under the cloth. If the folds won’t all lay flat then you may need to wrap the cloth over your hand to start with and slowly and carefully press over the folds guiding them flat as you go. Using gentle pressure and slow gliding motion press the whole of the tie. Ensure the tie is not being moved around as due to the way ties are cut on the bias movement of the fabric can cause it to distort. If you have more ties to do then don’t forget to re-wet the cloth, through careful placing of the cloth and only putting the iron over where the tie actually is under it I can normally do 3 before I need to re-wet the cloth.

That’s it – you should now have completely flat unfolded pieces of fabric!