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Old 08-11-2008, 04:58
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So I thought I was going to be smart and start making and selling bows and clippies..."can't be that hard right?"

I download and print off page after page after freakin' PAGE of instructions on all sorts of cute bows - and half of them I just can't make! I have got the character bows down (princesses, etc) but it's the "normal" bows I'm having trouble with! Is anyone in the same boat or have any advice??

A friend is letting me come with her to a craft show next month and I have got to figure out how to make my bows look like the pictures! I'm terrible with a needle and thread, so maybe this is part of the problem? Does it just take practice, or some special tricks and tips?

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Old 08-11-2008, 05:00
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it takes PRACTICE AND PRACTICE AND MORE PRACTICE................

thats all the advice i can give!
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I agree. It took me quite a while to get it down & even now I'm only so so.
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It takes a lot of practice. But don't get discouraged, the more you try, the better you'll get.
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Also, I meant to ask...is there a certain 'trick' for doing 3-D bases? I just can't seem to get the loops close enough together for the center ribbon to bridge gap. I want them to be uniform and neat-looking (like the examples on here), but can't seem to get it perfect!
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PRACTICE....and Practice.....

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Hi, I am in Red Oak (south of Dallas on 35), just north of Waxahachie.
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So I thought I was going to be smart and start making and selling bows and clippies..."can't be that hard right?"
A lot of ladies here might find that slightly offensive. This is a hobby for me and I try not to take it too seriously, but I have spent a LOT of time, energy, and money in learning this skill. It's not easy, at least it wasn't to me. And it takes a lot of patience and practice. It's definitely not a get-rich-quick hobby. I'm not trying to discourage you from learning bowmaking, but it is a skill, and as such takes knowledge and effort. As you have seen, it's not as easy as just following the directions. Good luck with your endeavor and try using the search feature on the boards to research specific topics.
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A lot of ladies here might find that slightly offensive. This is a hobby for me and I try not to take it too seriously, but I have spent a LOT of time, energy, and money in learning this skill. It's not easy, at least it wasn't to me. And it takes a lot of patience and practice. It's definitely not a get-rich-quick hobby. I'm not trying to discourage you from learning bowmaking, but it is a skill, and as such takes knowledge and effort. As you have seen, it's not as easy as just following the directions. Good luck with your endeavor and try using the search feature on the boards to research specific topics.
I meant that "it can't be that hard" because I am generally a crafty person - I have worked in floral departments, I scrapbook and I am a college graduate. I didn't mean in any way to offend anyone - and I'm also in no way looking for a 'get rich quick' type of deal. I have a 2-year old daugher and enjoy making some of the simpler (korker, clippie) bows for her and thought I would enjoy doing it as a hobby and also make a little money on the side. If anyone is offended, it is because they took it wrong, not because I skewed it that way.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:22
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Red Oak...neato..I live in Richardson!!!
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