Tie Chair

April 20th, 2010 in member junk     
CleverJunk CleverJunk, member
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Dads Old Ties Chair
Dads Old Ties Chair

Dad's Old Ties Chair

My dad doesn't wear ties anymore so rather than get rid of them, my mom gave them to me to weave into a chair seat.  I found the chair frame at a garage sale.  It was missing the seat.  I painted it black, distressed, and waxed it.  Then twisted the ties and wove them together to create a very tight seat.  I don't always want the materials I use to be obviously what they were.  Twisting the ties made them stronger and look more like rope.  I loved all the color and the memories.

Pattern or design used: My own design - Sherri Spear
posted in: member junk, vintage, furniture, funky, whimsical

Comments (10)

TinTinJunkFan writes: Love what you did with this...never would have guessed neckties...great job... Posted: 4:28 pm on April 26th
ninnarae writes: This is a very attractive seat- artistic with an almost primitive look! Posted: 11:23 pm on April 24th
alicemom writes: That turned out great!
smiles, alice Posted: 9:41 pm on April 21st
fellowjunker writes: Great idea!
xojanis Posted: 8:16 pm on April 21st
CleverJunk writes: I don't know weaving lingo either so forgive me if I'm incorrect. I started a tie at either the front or back by putting a dab of hot glue then wrapped the tie around the wood once then started twisting tightly and went back and forth front to back about three times started a new tie. When I got to the end of a tie I put a dab of hot glue to hold it in place and added an upholstery tack on the underside to hold it in place and cut any excess. Once I was finished with the front to back direction, I started a tie at one corner with a dab of hot glue, wrapped it around the wood once to hold it in place and started twisting and weaving over and under the other ties to the other side and just went around the side wood like it was another tie and turned around and went the other direction. The ties are so tight and close together front to back that there is more space between the side to side ties but it's a very firm seat. If I remember, when I got to the end of a tie I just hot glued the next tie to the last one and kept twisting. Hope this helps. Posted: 12:45 pm on April 21st
MakinItHappen writes: What a great idea! Looks fantastic. Posted: 11:54 am on April 21st
justjunky writes: I have a box of my dad's ties from the 70's I have been saving to do this with...all fabulous colors. TIme to hit the estate sales and yard sales for a cute chair with out a seat!

I have a question: are the ties strung both in both directions ( front to back and side to side...I don't know weaving lingo) or are you using another material along with the ties. Posted: 11:27 am on April 21st
racers7 writes: Hey, that is a clever idea to twist them. It really does not look like ties but a colorful rope weave. Love it! Melody Posted: 10:20 am on April 21st
CleverJunk writes: Thanks. I should have shown the underside as well. The ties are only attached at the front and back. To start I just used hot glue and then a staple and wrapped the tie around flat one time before starting to twist. When I started to weave from side to side I did the same thing to start but then sort of made one continuous tie by attaching one to the next. You could sew it together to be safe. Then when I came to the end I used an upholstery tack on the underside to make sure it was secure. To clean up the underside, at the end where all the "ends" were I used one flat tie and just hot glued it across the whole row to hide all the ugly. Trust me, when you do something for the first time you're just winging it. Posted: 11:19 pm on April 20th
sshack writes: I like the way you twisted the ties. How did you attach? Never seen it done this way before. Posted: 8:25 pm on April 20th
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