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Old 03-17-2011, 07:23
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I've started making bows when my daughter was 5, she's 7 now. I've learned so much from here and wanted to show off some of my stuff and get some advice, I also have a few questions!

I mostly started out with just clippies and then decided to move into bows but I hardly ever took pictures. So the the first 2 pics are some of my first bows about 1 year 1/2 ago(horrid) lol! The 4 after are my most recent ones. Which I am satisfied with but would like to achieve better looking bows. I would like anyone who has the time to rate my bows and give me feedback on what I should and shouldn't do.

Also a Hobby Lobby was recently opened nearby and I am in love with their ribbons . I haven't been able to find marabou/boa trim. The one I noticed there looked to thick to use. Am I wrong? Also I have seem some bows with a longer marabou/boa feathers sticking out? Haven't been able to find out where to get this at. I spend endless nights googleing and searching for the longer ones and can't find it just the regular marabou ones. Can anyone help me out and make it easier for me??
Another question if anyone can answer... I've seen some type of clay type of resins really cute ones. Anywhere besides etsy to find those? Thank you all in advance and hope to get some good and constructive critisism from all. You ROCK!!











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Old 03-17-2011, 07:30
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Default Re: Need some advice and help!!

I the polka dot & owl one!! they look great to me!

i buy the marabou boas at HL and cut off a small piece and glue it in on a circle felt...the longer ones i am assuming that it is the trim that is next to the boas on top of the ostrich puffs.

there are members here that make the clay resins, one of them is mom4them
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:36
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i love the owl one also, so cute!
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:56
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#1 way to go..definate improvement ..I think the owl one is really cute..

I'm pretty new to making bows so I don't have much to go on..I'd just work on your spikes a little to try and make them more uniform or the same length.

I myself have a terrible time w/them and found this to be helpful
http://hairbowswonderworld.blogspot....-boutique.html

as for your twisted bow I think your doing good..do you use a template or free hand? I have the nbng but also bought just daisy's tutorial..and It's really good helping with technique and she sells it for a fair price compared to some of the other instructions and tutorials I've seen.

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Old 03-17-2011, 11:03
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I think the newer bows look really good. Maybe just need some more shaping. Get the loops even on the twisted bows and the surrounding loops, like the pink ric rac on the bottom left of the owl bow? Reshape so they are nice and even, then starch to get them to hold the shape you want

I used to starch mine all the time to get them to hold shape, but over time you will naturally get that shape as your technique improves and other than baking before I put the whole thing together I do not have to starch anymore

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Old 03-18-2011, 01:42
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#1 way to go..definate improvement ..I think the owl one is really cute..

I'm pretty new to making bows so I don't have much to go on..I'd just work on your spikes a little to try and make them more uniform or the same length.

I myself have a terrible time w/them and found this to be helpful
http://hairbowswonderworld.blogspot....-boutique.html

as for your twisted bow I think your doing good..do you use a template or free hand? I have the nbng but also bought just daisy's tutorial..and It's really good helping with technique and she sells it for a fair price compared to some of the other instructions and tutorials I've seen.

Best of Luck

Thanky you! I do free hand but that usually takes a while to try and get it right most of the time. Do you use templates? Do you find it faster and easier with them? I'm hesitant to purchase then ending up not liking and just wasting $$ if I wont use them. I purchsed a tutorial from Lil Hiccups Bow intructions on here I believe. Which tutorial is fairly priced? I hate doing the spike cause i can never get them to stay put. I've tried sewing, not sewing, gluing, woodburning and they always end up weird! lol! I've been hunting down tut's on here to help me better understand them. Thanks again for your help and input!
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:47
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I think the newer bows look really good. Maybe just need some more shaping. Get the loops even on the twisted bows and the surrounding loops, like the pink ric rac on the bottom left of the owl bow? Reshape so they are nice and even, then starch to get them to hold the shape you want

I used to starch mine all the time to get them to hold shape, but over time you will naturally get that shape as your technique improves and other than baking before I put the whole thing together I do not have to starch anymore

Krista
Thank you. I've noticed alot that sometimes they end up wider or longer on some loops. Still working on getting them even Baking? as in the oven? Wow didn't think of that. So do you bake before putting together or the finished bow? Thanks again!
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:48
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Thank you everyone you are all a big help..

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Old 03-18-2011, 06:43
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I really like the princess and the polka dot bows. Very pretty.
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