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Old 03-03-2011, 08:30
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Now that I've seen your pics I 'understand' lol.

I think I'll be giving this a go very soon

Forgot to ask, about how long do you make the top & bottom slits??

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Now that I've seen your pics I 'understand' lol.

I think I'll be giving this a go very soon
Its amazing how strongly bonded they are this way. I consider this stronger than stitching!!! I ripped one apart because I didn't like how one of my sets of spikes turned out. It would not come apart. Of course I kept trying, but I ended up shredding the ribbon and scrapping the whole pile!!!!
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Lilred, your pics are wonderful ~ thanks for sharing those with us

When I do my spikes, they're somewhat different. The diamond cut (it's actually a v cut but I'm so used to calling it a diamond cut) goes almost to the center of the spike pile. One on one side, one on the other side. Then, the center part is sewn to keep the spikes together.
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Lilred, your pics are wonderful ~ thanks for sharing those with us

When I do my spikes, they're somewhat different. The diamond cut (it's actually a v cut but I'm so used to calling it a diamond cut) goes almost to the center of the spike pile. One on one side, one on the other side. Then, the center part is sewn to keep the spikes together.
So do you spread your top ribbons farther apart than I did & then cut the center ribbon? I'm having a hard time visualizing your Vs
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So do you spread your top ribbons farther apart than I did & then cut the center ribbon? I'm having a hard time visualizing your Vs
Yes, they are usually a wee bit further apart. However, I have made them with spikes laid out how you have them, but the v cut is a little more narrow. The part where you have your burn holes is where I sew. I've tried the burn technique and I just don't have the precision with it that I would like (meaning, I need to practice more).

I hope you don't mind me using your pic as an example of what I'm trying to say (if you like, I can take it down right away).
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Yes, they are usually a wee bit further apart. However, I have made them with spikes laid out how you have them, but the v cut is a little more narrow. The part where you have your burn holes is where I sew. I've tried the burn technique and I just don't have the precision with it that I would like (meaning, I need to practice more).

I hope you don't mind me using your pic as an example of what I'm trying to say (if you like, I can take it down right away).
You're fine. So when you sew yours, do you cinch them? Or just do some stitches in the center to tack them together?
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Yes, they are usually a wee bit further apart. However, I have made them with spikes laid out how you have them, but the v cut is a little more narrow. The part where you have your burn holes is where I sew. I've tried the burn technique and I just don't have the precision with it that I would like (meaning, I need to practice more).

I hope you don't mind me using your pic as an example of what I'm trying to say (if you like, I can take it down right away).
When you cut them your way does it 'catch' all the layers (in Shelley's pic that would be the blue/white striped ribbon)?
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You're fine. So when you sew yours, do you cinch them? Or just do some stitches in the center to tack them together?
No, I don't cinch them. They lay perfectly flat. I sew the center, between the 2 v cuts, through all thicknesses. Then, I put the spike bundle under the bow and attach it. The spike bundle center is more narrow than the center of the bow itself... so it doesn't cinch.

Sheesh, I hope I'm making sense.

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When you cut them your way does it 'catch' all the layers (in Shelley's pic that would be the blue/white striped ribbon)?
I catch all of them if the ribbon pieces are wide enough. But if there is a narrow ribbon in the mix, it might not get cut.

The point is to create the center of the spike bundle so that it is more narrow than the center of your bow.
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Uh oh, I bet I confused both of you to the point of no return

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Uh oh, I bet I confused both of you to the point of no return

I'm easily confused BUT I do 'get' what your saying
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