It took me well over a year to perfect my TBB. I don't use templates, just freehand with the figure 8 method...but practice deff makes it better/perfect. I think overall they are just pain-in-the-butt bows. Just don't give up on it, you'll be so proud once you get them the way you want it to look!
ETA: here's a link to instructions using the figure 8 method, I want to say they use to have different pictures than that. http://www.girlythingsbows.com/perky_loops.html
You can also look on youtube and find videos of how to make twisted boutique bows.