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Old 02-12-2012, 12:34
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Question Probably a stupid question...best bows for newbie to master?

SOOO, it seems the craft fairy skipped me when it gaves powers to the rest of my family My mom is a self taught jack of all trades LOL My sister can do the ribbon sculptures, my other sister is an artist, and even MY daughter (who is 7) can mold clay and draw like an artist LOL SO, I am trying to find my "craft" and thought I'd try my hand at making bows. I have very small hands, so holding things are hard for me at times. I've been searching the threads for tips, suggestions, etc. I LOVE everything I've found so far, and it's been a BIG BIG help.

I know some bows will take some time to learn, but was wondering what is best for a newbie to start out with mastering. I am watching tutorials on the pinwheel bow, yet some are different than others. Do the tails go between the loops to fill the gap? or in front or behind one of the loops (as I've seen in some instructions). Thanks for any input. I will try and post a couple pictures once I get a couple decent bows for suggestions on them also. If anyone has a good link for how you learned a basic bow or pinwheel, I'd appreciate it. I've read and tried just about all the ones I've found on here and youtube. I just get frustrated and confused with different ways they turn out, and again, the sewing fairy skipped me, so a simple stitch and dealing with the needle and thread is work for me Thank you again!!
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:52
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Default Re: Probably a stupid question...best bows for newbie to master?

Hi there! Everyone can be crafty For some (myself included) it doesn't come naturally and I spend hours trying and correcting myself! I will say you are on the right track with the pinwheel bow! There are numerous tutorials out there for pinwheels free and paid tuts I tried a lot of the free ones but like one I purchased from AlltheFrills on etsy the best for the pinwheel! I prefer to sew mine! I have viewed ALOT of free tuts and videos however I find it a great investment to sink a few dollars into some paid tuts as it comes with help from creator! Also you might want to consider investing in a gator clip if you hand fold and have hard times with your hands. I also here the Brillant Bow Maker templates are really good! And also Lil Hiccups!

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SOOO, it seems the craft fairy skipped me when it gaves powers to the rest of my family My mom is a self taught jack of all trades LOL My sister can do the ribbon sculptures, my other sister is an artist, and even MY daughter (who is 7) can mold clay and draw like an artist LOL SO, I am trying to find my "craft" and thought I'd try my hand at making bows. I have very small hands, so holding things are hard for me at times. I've been searching the threads for tips, suggestions, etc. I LOVE everything I've found so far, and it's been a BIG BIG help.

I know some bows will take some time to learn, but was wondering what is best for a newbie to start out with mastering. I am watching tutorials on the pinwheel bow, yet some are different than others. Do the tails go between the loops to fill the gap? or in front or behind one of the loops (as I've seen in some instructions). Thanks for any input. I will try and post a couple pictures once I get a couple decent bows for suggestions on them also. If anyone has a good link for how you learned a basic bow or pinwheel, I'd appreciate it. I've read and tried just about all the ones I've found on here and youtube. I just get frustrated and confused with different ways they turn out, and again, the sewing fairy skipped me, so a simple stitch and dealing with the needle and thread is work for me Thank you again!!
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:21
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Default Re: Probably a stupid question...best bows for newbie to master?

Thank you so much! I will look into these. I have been reading up on the gator bite and I am about to order it for sure
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:23
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Default Re: Probably a stupid question...best bows for newbie to master?

Besides a basic Tuxedo Bow, the Pinwheel is the best place to start when you want to start making professional style bows, IMO. This is the first tut I learned from, and you don't need to invest money on expensive templates.

http://www.hair-hardware.com/pinwheelbowtemplate.html

I make the grooves in my templates a little wider and a lot deeper than these, and I have been using the same ones now for over a year. My pinwheels turn out perfect every time, and I can make other styles with them as well. Good Luck!
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:22
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Default Re: Probably a stupid question...best bows for newbie to master?

I agree with the others. Learn the pinwheel first. Then master the basic boutique. Once you have those then you can start trying new things like the Twisted Boutique.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:46
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Thank you all so much for your information It has been a big help.
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:45
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Default Re: Probably a stupid question...best bows for newbie to master?

The tutorial link that DaisyDee posted is the one I've done and made my own template to be like the one they have on there. I have not tried the gator bite, but I have bought some clips like the one she uses on the tut at Sally's for like $5 or something and you get like 5 I think, I can't remember, lol, I've only taken out one and use it every time!
The pinwheel is definitely an easy one to learn!
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:52
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Default Re: Probably a stupid question...best bows for newbie to master?

This is what I was going to say exactly

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Besides a basic Tuxedo Bow, the Pinwheel is the best place to start when you want to start making professional style bows, IMO. This is the first tut I learned from, and you don't need to invest money on expensive templates.

http://www.hair-hardware.com/pinwheelbowtemplate.html

I make the grooves in my templates a little wider and a lot deeper than these, and I have been using the same ones now for over a year. My pinwheels turn out perfect every time, and I can make other styles with them as well. Good Luck!
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