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Old 12-22-2008, 05:17
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Default Everything I made looks homemade.

And I mean homemeade in the bad way. I'm at the point where I think it's more cost effective to buy bows, pillowcase dresses, and ribbon tees rather than sink any more money in the awful stuff I produce.



I love the process of crafting, but never seem to get any better. Any ideas? Well, besides posting a picture and asking for suggestions. There is no way I will showcase my ugly bows.
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Old 12-22-2008, 05:29
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Default Re: Everything I made looks homemade.

All I can say is practice, practice, practice. I would NEVER want to let anyone see my first bows and tutus. In fact, at first I just GAVE them away. I lost money, but it served as great practice. I still give tons of stuff away because I'm a picky picky crafter and can't see charging for something that isn't perfect lol
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:25
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So do I practice the same bow over and over until I get better? If so, do I just throw away all the bows that I make until they look good?
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Default Re: Everything I made looks homemade.

That is what I did. You should have seen the bows I made a year ago lol.

Lots of people swear by TOTT by TRR. I've never used them myself (except the freebies, which are really easy to follow). Which ones are you stuck on?
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:26
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Which ones are you stuck on?
All of them.

I spent the past hour or so tearing apart several different bows and I think the main problem is the center fold. I can get the loops even, but that appears to be irrelevant if the accordian fold in the middle is off kilter.

My stacked bows are the worst, but I guess it's premature to attempt them if my regular bows are wonky.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:36
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Default Re: Everything I made looks homemade.

Pick one style and keep working and practicing until it looks good. Then move on to the next one.

I kept all my first bows in a box and I just went through it the other day - it was hilarious! I had no problem throwing them in the garbage!
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Default Re: Everything I made looks homemade.

Everyone thinks my daughters must have millions of bows because I've been making them for so long-not true! Anything I made even a few months ago now looks lopsided to me and I do them over. Practice definitely makes perfect-good luck
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:16
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LOL it will get better dear. I have been making bows and hair stuff since I was little and doing it professionally for about 3 years.
If you could only see some of the stuff I cranked out when I started. OMG. I will post a pic. I actually took some pics of some of this stuff. LOL The other ladies are right. Just keep twisting and folding. Here is a then and a now bow. With tons and tons and tons of ribbon in between!
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All of them.

I spent the past hour or so tearing apart several different bows and I think the main problem is the center fold. I can get the loops even, but that appears to be irrelevant if the accordian fold in the middle is off kilter.

My stacked bows are the worst, but I guess it's premature to attempt them if my regular bows are wonky.
How do you crease your bows? Do you use a needle & thread, not taking the needle all the way through until your done with the crease. I think it really helps to do it this way.
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:16
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Default Re: Everything I made looks homemade.

I use the sally's clip to tie mine. As I start pulling my thread tight to tie it, I make sure the creases are in the acordian fold I want. If not, I put it back flat and start over. I always get really nice creases this way and by using the elastic thread. I just can't tie them free handed and get it right!! What kind of string are you using to tie yours? Are you using a clip or anything to help?

Don't be discouraged, we all started out badly and improve with time and practice. I have taken many bows apart to start all over. I figure its better to not waste ribbon if I can reuse it for another bow.
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