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Posted on Apr 22, 2015 in Bow Ties, Bowties, Conversions, Neck Ties |

How Do We Upcycle Your Old Neck Ties? Magic.

 

One of the things people love us for is how we can turn a neck tie into a bow tie. And to be honest, it is a little magical.

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Nearly every day, we receive packages with neck ties from all over the country. We rip them open and check out what is inside.

 

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We take out the seams and press them out.

 

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We add our own interfacing and sew them up.

 

 

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And just like that.
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Its Magic.

 

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Voila!

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We get to make something new again – and we love it.

If you’re interested in purchasing this, you can do it through this link.

Today and tomorrow only, we’ll give you $5 store credit for each tie you send us to upcycle.

*the really good photos (#2 through #5 in this post) were taken by our customer and friend and fellow artist, Joe Jackson.  Thank you, Joe for making it look so cool.

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Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in Andy blogs, Bow Ties, Bowties, Conversions, Neck Ties, sewing |

Springmaid and Scenes from ‘Bourbon and Bow Ties’

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The only thing better than an evening in a bow tie?  An evening in a bow tie with a Bourbon in one hand.

The only thing better than an evening in a bow tie with a Bourbon? Why, an evening in a bow tie, with a Bourbon, enjoying blues, in a museum.

The only thing better than all of the above?

If you come wearing a necktie, and while you’re sipping your Bourbon and enjoying your blues, said necktie is being deconstructed and converted into a bow tie right before your eyes.

That’s what Ellie and Dominique did for our friends at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia a fortnight back. And it was gobs of fun.

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There were, in fact, four other Carolina bow tie makers set up for the event as well. The fellow next to us lives in our old neighborhood and named his bow tie company Titanic Alley after the long-gone section of our neighborhood that capitulated to a sprawling Cadillac dealership. It turns out that he got his inspiration from The Cordial Churchman after buying his first of many bow ties from us at a Columbia craft faire 2 years back.

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I think that he and I were both a little intimidated by the velocity and grace with which Dominique and Ellie reconfigured neckties into bow ties, even while sipping Bourbon. They’re good, those Belles.

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The event coincided and overlapped with an exhibit that first debuted in Winthrop University Galleries, Between the Springmaid Sheets. The Cordial Churchman was privileged to be asked to produce dozens of bow ties from archival Springmaid fabrics for both exhibitions.

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It was only a little bit awkward watching my illustrator friend and Cordial Churchman branding designer Stephen Crotts gaze in awe at the framed Springmaids in their impeccably illustrated, high-flying skirts. Technique, he said. I believe him.

I’ll leave you with the top 2 most gratifying experiences of the evening for most attendees:

1. Experiencing the bow tie that was a necktie just a few minutes before.

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2. Experiencing the largest bow tie made of turkey feathers ever worn by a woman. (Note: this was not a former necktie.)

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A big thanks to Ken May, Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, and Paul Matheny, South Carolina State Museum Curator of Art, for being the kind of gentlemen that bring Bourbon and bow ties together and call it art. And especially to Paul who had the Belles do some performance art in his space among such fine people.

– Andy

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Posted on Sep 2, 2013 in Bow Ties, Conversions, We Get to Meet You! |

We Would Love To Meet You

The Cordial Churchman is going on a little mini-tour this weekend! You can always find us in the Charlotte, NC area but we’re packing up our bow ties and hitting the road.

Thursday September 5th we will take our necktie to bow tie conversion operation to Columbia, SC for the Bourbon and Bow Ties event at the SC State Museum.

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And in Greenville, SC, We will bring our entire stock (even things not typically on the website) to the Indie Craft Parade. If you are anywhere near Greenville, it is well worth the trip with dozens of top quality handmade businesses. Friday, Sept 6 through Sunday September 7th.

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Will you join us?

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Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Bowties, Conversions, Neck Ties, sewing |

Making Old Things New – Turning an old necktie into a bow tie.

One of the things people love us for is how we can turn a neck tie into a bow tie. And to be honest, it is a little magical.

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Nearly every day, we receive packages with neck ties from all over the country. We rip them open and check out what is inside.

conversion1
We take out the seams and press them out.

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We add our own interfacing and sew them up.

conversion3And just like that.
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Its Magic.

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Voila!

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We get to make something new again – and we love it.

If you’re interested in purchasing this, you can do it through this link.

*the really good photos – #2 through #5 in this post were taken by our customer and friend and fellow artist, Joe Jackson.  Thank you, Joe for making it look so cool.

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Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in Bowties, Conversions, sewing, Society |

In the TCC Bow Tie Studio

We are so fortunate to have our work room on Main Street in downtown Rock Hill.  It is an old historic building with giant windows, tall ceilings and really good lighting.  In this place, we laugh, eat lots of candy, listen to loud music and obviously make plenty of bow ties.  Sometimes we are amazed at the beautiful things we get to see throughout the day.  One of our seamstresses (and abstract artist in her spare time), Dominique took these shots.

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We have really good light.

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Our “model” is named Bancroft. Here he is wearing a lapel flower and a channing bow tie. We have good times dressing this guy up.  It’s always nice to be able to point to him when a visitor picks up a diamond point freestyle bow tie and says what does this one do? 

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If you’ve ever sewn, you know the glory that is the magnetic pin cushion – or pin collector I guess. It’s not very cushy.

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Yes its true, even our trash piles are a work of art.

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And the floor after a series of Neck tie to Bow Tie conversions.

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And finally, a pile of freshly pressed four toned gingham bow ties that so far have only been available to our Bow Tie of the Month Society.

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