I then folded regular text paper longways and cut the pages in the shape of the tie covers. Put them into six signatures and bound the journal with a single-needle coptic stitch in red waxed hemp cord. Both the front and back ties are silk, so the journal feels really nice to hold.
I like it, but I think it still needs something. I think I'm going back to the Salvation Army or Goodwill to look for a vintage tie pin, preferably the bar kind. I could attach it permanently at the back then clip it onto the front as a neat closure. If I find what I want, I'll take new pix and post them here.
Got a couple more ties to play with too.