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Old 08-31-2010, 02:45
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I am wondering what am I doing wrong with my bows?

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Old 08-31-2010, 02:54
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Ok...don't think that I'm bashing your bows cuz you have alot of great stuff in there!!
But on some of your bows your spikes are a little long...long spikes can lead to folded ribbon and kinks that may not ever lay flat again...so shorten those up to show just past the edges of your bow.
And when you gather your ribbon in the middle...DON'T RUSH..that was always my problem too...it squishes everything together and its hard to spread apart your loops afterwards especially with just a plain style bow like that . You may want to try a boutique style for more loop in your bow.
And maybe you may want to cut your korkers just a tiny bit shorter so they bounce and not hang. But I'm just giving constructive criticism...I think your bows are adorable...great combos.
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:56
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How are you doing the centers. They don't have enough crease in the center in my opinion. I sew through the center of mine and it gives nice crease. Some people use wire, so people tie with thread...there are several ways to do it. What method are you using?
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I tie with embroidery floss
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Might I recommend sewing thru center of bow with Dual Duty Extra strong Thread available in Walmart in either 75 yds roll for 98 cents or 375 yds for 2.98.
This stuff is awesome. better than thin thread and strong!!!
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:08
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On the halloween one the spikes are long i will cut those shorter how about the hannah montana is that one good?
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:08
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Ok...don't think that I'm bashing your bows cuz you have alot of great stuff in there!!
But on some of your bows your spikes are a little long...long spikes can lead to folded ribbon and kinks that may not ever lay flat again...so shorten those up to show just past the edges of your bow.
And when you gather your ribbon in the middle...DON'T RUSH..that was always my problem too...it squishes everything together and its hard to spread apart your loops afterwards especially with just a plain style bow like that . You may want to try a boutique style for more loop in your bow.
And maybe you may want to cut your korkers just a tiny bit shorter so they bounce and not hang. But I'm just giving constructive criticism...I think your bows are adorable...great combos.
I agree with all the above, you definitely have an eye for color. The only other thing I would suggest is find a consistant way to photograph your bows, I know that's not about bow making but it's all about presentation. Pics are dark and as a consumer seeing hands in photos is a no no to me. Try taking pics outside in the sun against your pretty fabric you have in the other pics.
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:11
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The white sideways spike is fine..but I think I would shorten the rest of them by maybe 1/4"
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:14
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I also love all of your color combos.I agree with the shorter spikes and sewing the centers. Do you use a template? I know alot of ladies on here can make perfect bows by hand folding but I use templates now and it really improved my bows.

On the halloween bow so you mind telling me where you bought the 3/8 with the halloween candy? I love that ribbon
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