I used the same cloth for all of the ties. It was a crisp white muslin cloth. After trying to tie all of these different styles I found that you might need a stiffer or softer cloth depending on what style you are trying to achieve. I liked tying the ones with knots the best because it gave a more finished look. I thought I was able to make my ties look very similar to most of the styles (as you will see when I get the pictures developed and loaded to my website). It involved patience and a good eye. It was also time consuming to make these look like the pictures but it was rather fun to test my talents.
I can't imagine that men had taken so much time to create these different looks, however these men were considered men of fashion! I can't help but think that women may have had a hand in this fashion influence. Do you think they may have often offered to assist with tying these many different styles for their men?!
The Oriental - In order for this one to look its part the cloth should be starched because there are no creases or dents in it. It should stand tall around the neck and a perfect knot finishes it at the bottom.
The Napoleon -This was by far the easiest, I just took the scarf and wrapped it around the neck from back to front then criss-crossed the two ends over the upper breast and tucked the ends under the arms making a knot in the back.
The Mailcoach - I began by wrapping the material around the neck and tying a single knot and bringing one of the ends over top of the knot so it is not visible. I fanned out the top piece which gave it a fuller effect. I myself have worn this particular type of tie with some of the scarves I have. At the time I didn't know it beared a specific name.
The Maharatta -This one was quite easy, I wrapped this around the back of the neck then brought the ends and wrapped them without tying a knot. I formed a loose chain link in front and the ends were pulled back and tucked under behind the neck.
The Mathematical - The cloth is wrapped around the neck creating three creases. One comes down from each ear and the third wraps horizontally. It almost looks as if two pieces of material are used to achieve this style. It creates a formal look and actually if this tie is applied to how we wear our winter scarves it can keep you quite warm.
The Osbaldeston - I wrapped the cloth around the neck only once then overlapped the ends to form a horizontal knot with the ends pertruding on each side.
The American - This one I had difficulty with keeping the top end of the material standing up. Eventually I got the hang of it and once I tied the knot at the bottom front it appeared to resemble the picture I used to pattern after. This style could have used a stiffer material to achieve the results and would have been more time saving.
The Trone d'Amour - I thought this one was very similar to the American tie. The only difference was the dent in the front middle. I always experienced a hard time keeping the material from sagging. I guess a good starching would help.
The Irish - This one looks like the mathematical but the actual tie is below the crease.
The Ballroom - This one was quite a challenge it seems to combine the wrap of the mathematical and the Irish but the ends wrap like the Napoleon, without a knot. This one took the longest to achieve so it would resemble the picture.
The Horse Collar - This lives up to its name. The material is wrapped around the neck then the ends are brought forward and tied in a small knot in front. It gives the appearance of choking its victim. I was not a fan of this one and neither was my model!
The Hunting - This was just a simple wrap, no knot but was challenging to create the indentures on each side.