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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chilton Book Company; First edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801985218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801985218
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The necktie is perhaps one of the most varied sources of interesting and unusual fabrics. Though some are notoriously ugly, many are good-looking, even stunning. They can often be had for very little money at thrift shops and yard sales--or for free right out of the back of the closet when their owner is tired of them. Noted crafter Shirley Botsford has transformed these variegated strips of silk, wool, cotton, and even polyester into a variety of items. The more than 30 projects include quilts, scarves, purses, vests, lampshades, pillows, covered boxes, Christmas stockings, and stuffed animals. From finding old ties and taking them apart to the step-by-steps of transforming them into all sorts of colorful objects,Daddy's Ties is full of charming ideas.

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The ultimate recycling craft that, if done well, actually doesn't look like a recycling effort. Designer Botsford, inspired by the memory of her late father's ties, shows a passel of ways to use neck gear, from simple scarves to a complicated three-piece woman's suit. Her more than 30 designs include pouf purse, head gear, a teddy bear, Christmas ornaments, lamp shades, and, of course, the ubiquitous pillows and quilts. Instructions are clear (though somewhat telescoped in terms of space); color photographs showcase the finished objects. Barbara Jacobs

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Customer Reviews

This is a great book with many good ideas for using ties.
Gloria Rolfe
The instructions seem to be very well written, and the illustrations are great!
Montana Gramma
Can't wait to make many things..... Thank you for awesome ideas in book.
Lori A.C.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Helen Bradfield on November 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found there was not enough information about the pattern. I wanted to make a necktie quilt for my grandson from his late father's ties, displaying the whole tie, not cutting the material up. I found a picture of an example of a completed quilt like I wanted to make (A Lifetime of Ties), but no information such as the length to cut the ties. I figured it out, but it may be more difficult to someone with less experience. --Helen B. age 92
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Anderson on August 4, 2006
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This is probably a great book for an experienced quilter, which I am not. I sew well, and wanted to make something from my deceased father's ties. Book was good inspiration, but most of the patterns were too complicated for me. I also found the multiple abbrevations too complicated to keep track of without going back and forth all the time. Again, though good inspiration, and I did find one fairly uncomplicated and useful pattern.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Wood on March 6, 2006
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I love this book. It is so informative and really gets your creative juices flowing. The projects are very easy to understand and fast to complete. I would have given it a 5 but I hated the abrevations she used, because I had to copy the page so I wouldn't have to keep refering back to the page where she listed them. Yes, they are used in other crafts(crochet and knitting) which I use but not in sewing!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2001
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What a spectacular book! I can't say enough about it, I've been recycling old clothes myself, and am so delighted to see all the things Shirley has done with ties. I've started collecting them myself inspired by her visit on simply quilts on hgtv. I am in awe of her. While I'm not a true quilter, I do sew and really enjoyed reading all of her ideas.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Graces Mama on February 21, 2007
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I am probably like most of the people who are searching for a book like this, I want to make something useful, beautiful, practical, etc. from the numerous ties that the men in my life are no longer using (for various reasons- changing tastes, or fashion, just plain worn-out, or becuase they have passed away.) I found this book to be wanting in the areas of my greatest interest. It seemed like too much emphasis was placed on acquiring ties, like how to word a classified ad, and where to look at thrift shops. I wanted some more guidance in the actual assembly of the projects, and this book just didn't provide that.

I also have to admit I was a bit put off by the photo of the author displaying her 'creations' she gave the me impression of a gypsy. The items she made are not attractive, and not at all what I was looking for. I wanted a book that would show me how to assemble the ties into a pretty wall hanging, pillow or quilt, not a funky hat or vest and skirt.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1999
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A lot of interesting ideas for using wonderful pieces of colorful silk. Make an heirloom with ties from a family member or collect them from friends. I've been getting ties from all over to use in projects I've found in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline A. Perry on September 22, 2007
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This is a well written craft book that gives plenty of ideas for using ties in crafts. My father recently passed away and he had many ties. Using this book I can make something for myself, my sister and brother using his ties as a remembrance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn E. Yost on July 16, 2007
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I really liked the book. Not only did it give me good ideas, it also included patterns that I could use. All of the instructions are easy to understand. I am not a crafty person but wanted to make something for my kids from their dad's ties for christmas. This book has so many good idea's that I am having a hard time trying to figure out what one to do. I may just have to keep doing projects until I run out of ties.
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