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Old 07-13-2009, 06:46
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This brand of ribbon IS a harder one to use when starting out. I would recommend Shiff or Offray solid grosgrain (Like TRR or RABOM's).

Ideally, you want the fronts to go straight up and down and the backs to go straight side to side, if that makes any sense at all. That is what makes it a twisted boutique and not just a boutique. So, try pulling the backs of the loops more horizontally. Here is a good page with tips for how to fluff the bow.

I always starch and bake ALL my twisted boutiques to make them behave! Especially when doing a layered boutique.

Here are some of my latest pretties:
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It took me a long time to get here & I still find imperfections. One thing I wish I would have known when I started:
Always, Always click siggies to peek at the work of who's advice you're following. You'll get soooo much advice here. Its up to you to follow the advice of the person that you want to create bows like.
I definitely agree!

Now, I think it's time for you to do a tut on creasing.....
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I guess that fold is one of the hardest, but it is actually the first one that I learned. You just have to practice, practice, practice! Don't feel bad if you can't get it right. Not everyone can be a bow maker. Then who would buy from the rest of us.
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I definitely agree!

Now, I think it's time for you to do a tut on creasing.....
Aww thanks. Honestly I stitch, cinch & wrap with dental floss. That is it. Stitches in the right place will make your creases for you.
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I'll be checking the forum later tonight to see if you want to troubleshoot some more. Good luck!
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I'll be checking the forum later tonight to see if you want to troubleshoot some more. Good luck!
I practiced on 4 bows, and I'm just waiting on my camera batteries to charge so I can get pictures. I'll post them up in just a few minutes. I found some pretty stiff Offray laying around, and it seemed to work the best out of all of them I tried. Most of the ribbon I bought from TRR was Schiff.

I didn't have a couch arm to pin it too, so I just used a pillow. Do you think that will have any effect on the way it turns out?
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Here are how the best two attemps came out:

I just wish I knew what I was doing wrong.
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Here's another attempt. This time I starched the ribbon before I started folding to see if the extra stiffness helped or not.
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Here's another attempt. This time I starched the ribbon before I started folding to see if the extra stiffness helped or not.
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I think you are using too long a length of ribbon to make them full and loopie, try using like 18: of ribbon, should give you about a 3.5 inch bow......if you want a bigger width of bow, use a 1.5 inch ribbon
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I think you are using too long a length of ribbon to make them full and loopie, try using like 18: of ribbon, should give you about a 3.5 inch bow......if you want a bigger width of bow, use a 1.5 inch ribbon
I agree....use 18" of ribbon so that the loops won't be so big and will help give more of a perky loop appearance. Also, from the last pic you posted, it looks like something is going on with the creasing. I personally use the Gator Bite for creasing my bows. I have a salon clip as well, but I have much better results from using my Gator Bite.
Just remember these tips:
1. Make skinny figure 8's.
2. As you are making the bow, you are working on the BACK side of the bow.
3. When tying off your bow, go from the front of the bow to the back to begin tying off, then wrap the strings around the front and then to back again and tie off once more.
4. Practice, practice, practice. I bet every bow maker on this forum will tell you that the first SEVERAL bows they made looked pretty bad . I know it can get frustrating, but don't give up....you'll get a feel for it after you keep trouble-shooting.
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