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Embroidered "Secret Message" Necktie

The loop of fabric on the back of a necktie is just the spot for a secret message he can keep close to his heart. 

two neckties in orange boxes with love embroidered on them

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2019

Introduction

If you can use a needle and thread, you can embroider a handmade gift he'll treasure for years to come. A stitched "love" note is especially perfect for Valentine's Day: The result is permanent, intimate, and almost unheard of these days: a whispered declaration when everybody else is broadcasting their feelings on social media. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of embroidery projects and handmade gifts for him.

 

(Also pictured: Studio Carta Italia tight-weave cotton ribbon, 1⁄4", $10 for 5 yd., shopangelaliguori.com.)

materials

  • Disappearing-ink fabric marker

  • Necktie (Pictured: Bhldn Linen Row neckties, 2 1/2" wide, in Rose Quartz and Fog, $19 each, thetiebar.com.)

  • Embroidery floss (Pictured: DMC 6-strand embroidery floss, 56¢ for 8.7 yd., michaels.com.)

  • Needle

  • Scissors

steps

  1. Write something romantic on a linen or cotton tie with a disappearing-ink fabric marker.

  2. Separate two or three strands from a piece of embroidery floss, thread them through a needle, and go over the letters in small stitches. (Tip: Chain or stem stitches work well.)

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