‘Scarves are always in style’

Rene Mackley spent a fun evening last week teaching many ways to tie scarves.

That’s what Rene Mackley told a  lucky group of women last week. They were the beneficiaries of Jeannie Dulaney purchasing an auction item entitling six folks to have wine, appetizers and a lesson in scarf tying at Linda’s Hallmark in Farragut. The auction was held to benefit the University of Tennessee College of Nursing.

Using the participants as models, Rene demonstrated how to tie long, square and rectangular scarves in various stylish ways, and she encouraged the women to wear them often. “When you wear a scarf, people always comment on it,” she noted.

One good suggestion: Hang your scarves in your closet around the outfit with which you plan to wear it. “If you stick your scarves in a drawer, you’ll forget about them,” she cautioned.

In addition to the scarf learnings, the other two highlights of the evening were the appetizer made from Captain Rodney’s Original Boucan Glaze, which Linda’s Hallmark sells, and the “wine tour” of the store. The wine — and the 20 percent discount offered to the workshop participants — made for some robust shopping!

If you’d like some of the scarf tips we learned, I noticed that Nordstrom has a site that offers many of the same tips. Click here to see how to tie four scarves 16 different ways.

Linda Underwood, the owner of Linda’s Hallmark, models one of the scarves Rene helped her tie.

Rene uses Kathy Hamilton as a model.

It turned out great!

Rene helps Dawn Ford with a technique as Diana Condon looks on.

Good job!

Beth Hamil made a good model.

Here’s the finished product.

Jayne Burritt with an orange scarf. We each got to pick out a scarf to take home. Jayne figured that, in Knoxville, you can’t go wrong with orange.

Jeannie Dulaney, our friend who bought the auction item, was next up.

I like it!

Rene shows Robin Gibson a trick for twisting a scarf into a tube — put your foot on one end of it!

It turns out like this!

Here’s another look with the same scarf.

Here’s Diana Condon with one of those tubular-tied scarves.

Rene even showed how to make a jacket out of scarf! Ladies, if Rene looks familiar, it might be because she worked for nine years at Mertie’s, everyone’s favorite dress shop back in the day.

I love this look with three knots in it.

This is Captain Rodney’s Cheese Bake. It is delicious. “It’s like crack,” Linda joked.

Here’s the secret ingredient. Click here for a link to the recipe.

OK. Grab your wine and let’s go shopping!

We all fell in love with this big chicken.

Easter is right around the corner. How about a stuffed Jesus doll and a book about the holiday?

Remember “Flat Stanley?” Here’s a “Flat Jesus!” He can be mailed or easily carried around.

Speaking of Easter, do you have enough bunnies and lambs? I think there’s even a duck or two in there!

Awww. It has wool!

What a great sheep! He’s the last one!

I almost left with these cute bears.

Now, here’s a good idea! These “Warmies” are weighted and designed to be warmed in the microwave!

This purple hippopotamus is a “Warmie.”

Awesome bread bowl.

All kinds of jigsaw puzzles are available.

Kitchen towels come with every breed of dog.

Valentine’s items are on sale — 40 percent off!

Guess who took home the chicken!

Here’s a short video of Rene and the ladies in action:


And here’s one of my favorite Easter items in the store:



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4 Responses to ‘Scarves are always in style’

  1. Georgiana Vines, on February 25th, 2020 at 10:01 am said:

    I need a scarf tying/wrapping event to attend.

  2. Cynthia Moxley, on February 25th, 2020 at 4:02 pm said:

    Georgiana: This was a fun one! Glad Jeannie bought the opportunity at an auction.

  3. Gay Lyons, on February 25th, 2020 at 7:50 pm said:

    I would really love to learn some better techniques, but, until then, my best scarf look seems to happen when I approach it with the same insouciance as French women: Throw it on & don’t over-fuss. I do hang favorite scarves with certain tops & dresses–it’s a great reminder of options, mainly color palette. I’ll also add that when I had a bilateral mastectomy three years ago, ponchos & scarves were my lifesavers, making me feel pretty, and last night at a fundraiser for a sweet friend battling stage four throat cancer, she arrived wearing a beautiful scarf that hid the not-attractive things that are going to help save her life. So, my friends, let us remember that scarves are not only beautiful but can serve a greater purpose.

  4. Cynthia Moxley, on February 25th, 2020 at 11:08 pm said:

    Gay, that comment brought tears to my eyes. Literally. Thanks so much for sharing it. You are so, so right.

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