Working up the nerve to monogram a tie for my father-in-law
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Saturday was my father-in-law’s birthday. So, of course, I started thinking about what to give him on Saturday morning. He is usually pretty easy to shop for because a) he never shops for himself and b) he is retired and has plenty of time to figure out how to use the gift you give him.
On Saturday morning I was returning some shoes I bought one of my kids at Marshalls and I decided to have a look over in the mens area to see if they had any canvas belts that might be appropriate for embroidery. My husband has been wearing the belt I embroidered for him (even though it is upside-down), so I ran the idea by him of monogramming a belt for his father, and he approved.
At Marshalls I had no luck in the belt department, however, there were some nice canvas doppkits. After a quick call to my mother-in-law and hearing about how he was still using his 25-year-old doppkit – I decided to pick up a new doppkit for him and monogram it – just like me! Then I got a really crazy idea.
In the mens accessories area at Marshalls they had a ton of nice and inexpensive ties. What if I monogrammed a tie. But do men even wear monogrammed ties? And what precautions should I take when monogramming a tie?
Well – a quick Google search revealed a lot of beautiful monogrammed ties. Some of the examples are a single initial (first or last) – some have a full monogram. Some are centered and some are along the diagonal of the tie. So many options.
I asked my Facebook embroidery friends for their opinions on monogramming ties. Apparently I am not the first one to think about monogramming a tie. My Facebook friends offered a lot of advice.
Stabilize the heck out of tie since a tie is cut on the bias and will stretch!
Use a seam ripper to open up the back of the tie so you can get it nice and flat when you do the embroidery.
OK – good tips. While I am still a bit nervous about embroidering on a tie I am comforted by the fact that the tie only cost $8.99 so it’s not the end of the world if I screw it up – but I do want it to look nice and have my father-in-law wear it. So I really don’t want to screw it up.
I have been thinking about this project a lot. Because this has been stirring around in my brain – I happened to mention my plan to monogram a tie to my own father, and of course, he offered his 2 cents. He said he preferred the three letter monogram as opposed to the single letter monogram because he felt like it was more custom. Ok – good point. Now maybe he will get one for his next birthday too.