Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guest post by Gina: How-to for the Papillon knot!

Gina's contribution to the lastest MaiTai Collection in action collage prompted a few readers to inquire how the beautiful Papillon knot she created with her Circuit 24 Faubourg Carré was accomplished.

Very generously, Gina has sent me these fabulous and easy to follow instructions to share with all of you:

by Gina:
This is a 65cm Emilio Pucci scarf with a light MoP MaiTai moyenne size scarf ring. For 65-70cm scarves, I use the moyenne size (the mother-of-pearl are my favorites!) For 90cm scarves, I use the grande size. Haven't tried this yet with the shawl/shawl ring. Will give it a go next winter and see how it turns out!

Begin with the basic bias fold (directions on MaiTai's Picture Book blog)

Drape the bias fold around your neck, I usually let one end be a little longer than the other.
Make a small knuckle of fabric by folding the scarf back upon itself,

then pass this small knuckle of fabrice through one side of the scarf ring.

Repeat on the other side.

Pull the "wings" so that the scarf ring lies close to your neck, but is not uncomfortable.

Fluff the "wings" of your butterfly. You can make them larger or smaller to suit your mood or outfit. For a more tailored effect, I leave the "wings" small. For a more romantic look, I make the "wings" larger.

Have a lovely day, and enjoy the compliments! One young man in Le Madeleine remarked "not very many people wear those things around their neck, but you look really nice". How could that NOT make you smile? Thank you Mai Tai for my lovely collection of scarf and shawl rings.! I really enjoy your blog. You are a goddess of classic style!

A million thanks for the fabulous instructions (and lovely sweet compliments) dear Gina. I am sure there will be many pretty silk butterflies fluttering across the globe shortly... papillon hugs to you x

And here is Gina's original contribution, showing the Papillon knot with a 90 Carré
featured scarf: Circuit 24 Faubourg


  1. An honor to be asked to contribute to your wonderful blog! Help.... I am fashion disabled when faced with the silk muslin shawls! The only knot I can do is the one pictured on Hermès.com!! Have a great day Lovely Mai Tai!!

    1. Dear Gina, thanks so much again for sharing so generously with us. Love the knot, it is so very pretty! x

    2. Thanks for inviting me to participate! I love this blog! Looking forward to your next post!!

  2. Thank you so much for a most lovely knot to you my dear MaiTai, and to Gina as well. It is so great to share ideas in this lovely little corner :)
    Although I am quite faithfull to Hermès, I find this scarf very pretty and, as our "goddness of style" said (Gina, I totally agree with you), I guess there will soon be many butterflies all over the world :)
    P.S. Dearest MaiTai, thank you for your sweet and much generous words on the last post <3. Wishing you a great week ahead.

  3. Gina . . . and Mai Tai, thanks for sharing this lovely knot. Look forward to giving it a try (or tie!). Totally agree that Tai is a style goddess.

  4. This is wonderful - superchic and great instructions! Thank you so much Gina for creating this and another Thanks to our dearest goddess (ita here with Gina and Manuela) for sharing it via your blog! It's superhot in my city right now and I never thought that a summer child like me would actually ask for cooler weather, but in this case I am. Can't wait to become a "butterfly" as well. :-) best, Macs

  5. Quelle jolie façon de nouer nos foulard merci GINA
    Je vais l essayer sur mon carré vintage
    Façon de nouer qui va tres bien sur votre foulard chere MAI TAI


  6. Thank you Gina for the guide and thanks to MaiTai for facilitating the how to! SA

  7. Great readers post, love the Pucci scarf to by the way, the photos really show off the colours.

  8. This is so lovely Gina !
    Thanks for sharing Dear Mai Tai

  9. I found your blog accidentally and I loved it! You are doing a great job with it =)

    1. A very warm welcome to my blog, hope you'll continue to enjoy it here :)

  10. Thank you so much, Tai and Gina, for a fully comprehensive illustrated response to "how did you do that?" !

    Lovely Pucci scarf too......

  11. Dear ladies, so glad you enjoyed Gina's wonderful contribution, hope you are all having fun with this pretty knot!

    Gina, Manuela, Marla and hair-mess, blushing red hot here! You are so geneours and kind.. the lovely compliments made my day. Thanks so much <3

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