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Old 08-15-2010, 05:01
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I also use the BBM templates. I don't usually have to do much twisting once it comes off the template. I like the wood burner technique for securing the bow before removing it from the template, just because I think it's a pain to constantly be threading needles. lol But, after I remove it from the template, if needed, I will usually put a thumb in a top loop and fingers in the bottom loop on the same side and pull them apart a bit. For tying / creasing, I just put mine in a Sally's clip, run the wire around and tie it off. I've never figured out how crease it, hold it with one hand, and tie it off with only one hand. lol After I get it creased and tied, then I play with the loops a little, just to make sure the are curving the right direction. But, for the most part, I think it should come off the template in about the right shape. Here's one I did recently, and it didn't take much adjusting off the template at all. Good luck!
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:12
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1. Welll, that must be a big part of the problem, I was using the wrong side as the front of the bow.

2. So you said to make the "X" more extreme, you mean "wider" so it looks a bit funny? lol Stretch it apart, I'm sure.

3. I still get mixed up on what fold and crease mean (when I use BBM I "fold" my ribbon in half, and make a "crease" mark so I know both ends are the same length, is that what you mean?

4. I guess I don't know what you mean by the words I highlighted in red below, please explain if you would? But...I DO know what you mean by an "M" type crease. Go figure lol).
2. Actually, instead of wider, I mean a taller, skinnier "x".
3. As far as folding/creasing, I mean the way you create the center fold of your bow. Whether you create your fold with a needle/wire/dental floss. I make an "m" fold/crease.

But, again, I don't use templates, so I'm not sure if this helps. I wish I was better at explaining things. I remember struggling so hard with this bow so I'd love to help you out. I'm just bad at explaining, lol!
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:00
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Yes, what others are saying....make your "x" angle look more like a tall skinny one.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:28
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Hi there!

You can post pictures if you need to!

If you look at page 15 and 16 in the book it should cover the problem you are having. It all comes down to a creasing/shaping technique.

On page 16 there is a yellow bow, one loop is flipped forward, the other is flipped towards the back. The forward one gives you that curvy part. How long is the ribbon you are using? I will make one here the same way.

You'll get the best results if the creasing is symmetrical. You said you normally take a few stitches and pull it to gather the ribbon - do you have a picture of that? Maybe I can give you a few pointers to try.

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Old 08-16-2010, 12:12
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Creasing is the hardest part of the process, for me. If you can Squeeze/ fold the center of the bow like "an accordian fold," with 2 "humps" at the front of the bow and 3 at the back, you'll be amazed at what a difference it makes.

Too, the bow in the picture looks like it's made of 7/8's ribbon; and that it's made large. UGH... hard to explain... maybe the surrounds are made for a 4 in bow and the twisted bow is made as a 4 1/2 or 5 in bow, then artfully tucked in the surrounds. IDK, but I sure am going to try it... maybe my toddler will let me have a minute for crafting sometime in the next 10 years!!

Good luck...let us know how it goes!
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Old 08-16-2010, 03:09
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I think I have it figured out *crosses fingers*...but we'll see over the next few days.

SO OK, I'm cutting the ribbon for the 7/8 inch template at 20 inches, but I think I will start doing it like tinytutubows does and do 17 inches maybe.

Thoughts?

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Hi there!

You can post pictures if you need to!

If you look at page 15 and 16 in the book it should cover the problem you are having. It all comes down to a creasing/shaping technique.

On page 16 there is a yellow bow, one loop is flipped forward, the other is flipped towards the back. The forward one gives you that curvy part. How long is the ribbon you are using? I will make one here the same way.

You'll get the best results if the creasing is symmetrical. You said you normally take a few stitches and pull it to gather the ribbon - do you have a picture of that? Maybe I can give you a few pointers to try.

You'll get it!
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