Monogramming ties with a single initial for Christmas gifts
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A few months ago I was SUPER intimidated by the idea of monogramming a tie. Before I even tried I asked all my Facebook embroidery friends for advice – then bought the cheapest tie possible for my test – and then I gave it a go – making a monogrammed tie for my father-in-law for his birthday.
On the tie that I made for my father-in-law, I embroidered his initials along the angle of the tie point. I was swayed to do the full monogram by my father who commented that a full monogram was more custom. (Really – should I be taking sewing and embroidery advice from my father?) I actually like the look of a single initial of the wearer’s last name embroidered on the bottom, center of the tie instead of the three letter monogram.
So I went for it – embroidering two ties with a single initial for my brother-in-law who is a Southerner – so the light blue linen looking tie with a script initial seems to fit him – and the other for my friend’s husband (too personal??) who is an architect so the black and white with the bold initial seemed more appropriate for him. I think they both turned out pretty well and they only took a minute or two to embroider.
Here’s my advice. You can get ties for a great price (< $10) at stores like Marshalls or TJ Maxx – but if you want to go really original – consider the plain white silk dies from Dharma Trading Company. You can dye them any color you want and then do the monogramming… This could be the perfect groomsmen gift or an inexpensive Christmas gift for all the men (or the ladies who like to wear ties) in your family.