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Meet Bob, my grandad. He was always such a dapper chap. Here he is about to walk my mum down the aisle circa 1975.

When he died in 2009, with a heavy heart I sorted out a small box of his belongings that would always remind me what a spirited (and sometimes cantankerous) old devil he could be. Amongst the bizarre assortment of vintage binoculars, old diaries and a coat hanger etched with his military rank and number, I found the most beautiful old bow tie in claret velvet.

No doubt he wore it with a frilly dress shirt to company dos’ in the seventies and made all the ladies, and my Grandma, Gwen, swoon. At this stage I just packed it away with my other oddities and stashed it at the back of a cupboard. But last year, searching for ideas to inspire some homemade Christmas presents, I took out the bow tie and began to examine it. ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to create one-off, handmade bow ties like they used to’, I thought to myself. So I dusted off my sewing machine and got busy…


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