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Old 05-27-2009, 04:15
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Ok. I've been trying all morning to make a bow. Here is what I made! It's horrible Omg! can I say HARD! There has to be an easier way? how do you get your loops even? do you spray your bows with something to make it stiff?
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:19
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Default Re: bows are so hard!

I am no expert, but I make mine using the butterfly method and actually measure and mark my ribbon to make sure that it is the same all the way around.

I am hoping to get the new twisted template soon, just waiting on feedback from others.

As for the stiffness, I actually use spray starch and then bake then for about 20 minutes at 200 degrees. So far, none have lost their shapes.
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Default Re: bows are so hard!

you are your own worst critic... thre are some bows that have an obivous top and bottom...try turning it over and seeing how it looks. pratice makes perfect! You just have to play around with your loops and get them even... then use a salon clip to secure them while you sew or tie off... if you want to you can use starch to stiffen!
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:30
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Default Re: bows are so hard!

Mine used to look like that like a month ago. I been practicing everyday. here some pics.lol

1 month ago
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Today
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Just keep practicing dont give up. It takes a while. I just started last month and I sold about 10 bows at $4 each.locally
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:31
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Default Re: bows are so hard!

if you are using satin ribbon try using grosgrain - it's a bit stiffer and a little easier to work with, IMO
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Default Re: bows are so hard!

i agree with 3am, if you're just starting out, it would be best to use grosgrain--i know it's hard and there are so many more prettier ribbons in satin, but once you work with it more, you will love it and not go back to satin
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I agree, keep trying! Some templates might help you in the beginning.
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Default Re: bows are so hard!

Just keep practicing, girl! You'll get the hang of it!!! I bought a spool of grosgrain (I agree with the girls that said it is a bit easier to work with!) and just made bow after bow and I finally figured it out. After each bow, I made a mental note of what I would try to make this part stick up higher or this part more fuller until I tweeked my technique enough to make a nice one. (Though I'm still no expert!)

Oh, I also use a bow maker which is a couple dowel rods in a piece of wood with the inches marked off. I bought mine from the ribbon retreat. That might be something you're interested in.
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Default Re: bows are so hard!

I agree on the grosgrain. It is better to work with!! I think you did a GREAT job for your first try. Keep at it. It does get easier. I have used stiffener stuff before on the bows after I made them. I am like 50~50 on it. It does help the bows keep shape. Try it on one or two and see what you like the best.
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Default Re: bows are so hard!

Another vote for working with grosgrain when your just starting. It is easier to work with.

Just practice, practice, practice. I got stuck on the twisted boutique bow and bought the TNT templates, and it helped me get the hang of it.
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