Neck Tie and Bow Ties

Ties got their start as preferred neck wear thousands of years ago by Chinese and Roman soldiers. This was probably so soldiers could identify each other and enemies by the colors of their ties. Croatian mercenaries from the Croatian Military Frontier, wore small, knotted neckerchiefs during the time of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). The Croatians named their little ties "Croats or Hrvati". The French dubbed them "Croates", so the garment ultimately became known as a "cravat."

Cravats were held around the neck by cravat strings which were neatly tied in a bow. There are many types of neckties.

Types of Neckties

Depending upon the decade, ties have been called stocks, solitaires, neck cloths, cravats, scarves, bandanas, bow ties, scarf/neckerchief, bolo, zipper, ascots and lastly the long tie.

The bolo (or bola) is a western tie consisting of a piece of cord or braided leather that are fastened in place with a decorative clip.

The clip-on tie, a 20th-century innovation, is very useful and a safe substitute for wrap-around the neck ties. Law enforcement officers wear clip on ties to prevent scofflaws from getting the upper hand by potentially grabbing the long tie. The colors of ties sometimes have significance as well, such as to identify membership of a particular club or organization.

Materials To Keep On Hand

Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.

Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.

Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.

Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.

  • Types of Paper:
    • Construction - many colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue
    • Crepe
    • Cardboard
    • Cardstock - many colors
    • Tracing
    • Water-color
    • Drawing
    • Onionskin
    • Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors
    • Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
    • Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
  • Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Straws - paper not plastic
    • Tooth picks - age appropriate
    • Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
    • Wine corks
    • Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
    • Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
    • Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
    • Silicon molds and release spray
    • Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
    • Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
    • Plain tee shirts