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Old 08-10-2011, 11:05
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I am NO expert...there are ALOT of ladies on here that make WAY better bows than me, but....I would start with a smaller length of ribbon. Also once the bow is ready to be tied, make sure you have a "tall" x and not a short one. Also get some stiffening spray..that will give you some perk in your bows!
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First of all let me say, they are good!! The only thing I noticed in your minnie mouse bow was that it looks like it could be tighter in the center, but that is an easy fix!! When I started making bows for my daughter (4 yrs ago) I started with one style at a time, once I mastered it... I would take it apart (before finishing it), measure the lengths of the ribbon, spikes, surround loops etc.. write it all down so they would all look uniform thereafter, and kept the info as a reference. Otherwise, the biggest thing that helps me is using a hair clip to hold the center down and then I use dental floss to tie it off. HTH?!
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I am so glad that you posted this because mine do the same thing. It always seems there is one loop that is not even and they dont pull down to get the x factor.
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Thank you ladies for all the wonderful advice! I cannot wait to try it all out! I really appreciate it!
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If you make your loops narrower during the figure 8, you will have a more narrow bow
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I think they look great. Much better than mine do at this point. The only thing I can see is there seems to be alot of distance (dead space) in the middle of the bows. I don't know if that is a "fluffing" thing but it just doesn't seem as full. So many of the ones I see here are closer in the middle. But as I said, I think they look good. Love your color combinations!
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Very good advice. You need that tall skinny "X" vs the small fat "X". I normally use about 24" of ribbon to work with. If you can get your hands on some Schiff or Offray brand ribbon then it may be easier for you to work with as that brand has stiffer ribbon. Yama (HBC) and UB are softer and can be harder for a beginner to mess with. It is cheaper but until you can master this bow I would recommend using the first two that I mentioned.
I cannot get my bows to look fabulous with longer ribbon. I always use 22" for my 7/8 That is smaller than everyone recommends but my bows look so much better done with that length. So you might try experimenting with different lengths to see which one works best for you and your ribbon. I mostly use UB so maybe that's why I like the shorter better!
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