Originally Posted by JakeGigiandLolasMommy
I use elastic thread...like the one that they use to keep the shoes together at Target. It is stretchy and holds a knot very well.
Also, when you seal the ends using a lighter, just run the ribbon end over the flame and the end will curl up. You could also use a wood burner, but if you're just starting off, I'd go with a lighter for practice.
Korkers can be difficult, but I'm positive with some practice you'll be great in no time. Do you have a box to help you make the korkers?
I find the lighter works just fine for sealing the ends.
Right now I'm just starting out with the bowtique bow. I will try korkers later. I have yet to find a wooden dowel.