Windsor Project: Attempts the first & second

I mentioned recently that my big goal for 2009 is to learn to tie a full windsor really well.

This is my first attempt:

Perhaps, I need a longer tie. Yes, um, that’s what’s wrong with it.

Herewith my second attempt:

Okay, I didn’t need a longer tie. This one’s an improvement but it’s still not triangle-shaped enough. More work needed.

No criticisms of the photos please. Is very hard to photograph your own tie when you’re wearing it. Or it was for me, anyways. Stupid camera.

By year’s end my double windsor will be perfect and my life will be complete!


  1. Joey-la on #

    Wow! Those are amazing! I wish I could do that! Maybe I should try some time!!
    This is off topic – but I had to read a ‘classic’ novel for school and chose to read ‘A Room Without a View’ by E.M Forster – I was wondering what your favorite classic novel is?

  2. Joey-la on #

    Sorry, I made a mistake – I read ‘A Roow With a View’ there a second one which is called ‘ A Room Without a View’

  3. Q on #

    Nice tie with a very nice-colored shirt. I do not know how to tie a tie, and despite any attempts I have made to learn, I haven’t managed it yet. More power to you.

  4. Julia Rios on #

    Nice work! If one of your goals is to be able to help others when needed, perhaps you should also practice on another person, or a mannequin?

  5. V on #

    I’m no tie-tying connoisseur, but those look good to me 🙂

  6. simmone on #

    oh sweet. It looks like a little person (!) – didn’t you get to tie ties at your posh high school/?? Or were you like me, leaving it loose like a noose?

  7. Justine on #

    simmone: Posh high school? I never went to a posh high school. Have never had to wear a tie at any school ever. My whole life no one has ever made me wear a tie. Isn’t that dreadful?

  8. Myti on #

    There is a way to convert your second attempt into a more desirable shape – move the flat forward face of the tie at the knot little lower (this needs a little twiddling) and tighten. Keep doing this till you get either a tight triangle, or an unfortunate rectangle in which case you would need to restart from the beginning. Getting the triangle needs tightening in a specific manner that I never got the hang of, but I think the person in the video you had shown actually illustrates that part…


    P.S. Hi! I found your blog while browsing randomly, and found it very interesting; am now trying to find your books 🙂

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