the flower arrangers tool box and a touch on the discussion of bows...
Ok, now I know bow making is something that those of us with "fat fingers" have trouble with.. especially me!
I ran across a bow making machine called the Bowdabra! Thought it would eliminate some of the not so much fun in making pretty bows!
So c'mon in join me while I fumble around learning the new machine! The machine came with several pamphlets in various languages of instruction for various styles of bows, some tying wire and a CD. You can get the machine in two sizes one for mini bows and the other larger.
Grin and bare with me now as we try this new fangled thingee!
Ok, "All Thumbs" here.. here is the result of try number one!
I think with a little more proper twisting it could be better, but it is a silky soft ribbon too and perhaps with shorter loops ...hmmmm I think
the machine rocks!! This bow does not (well, maybe a weee tad), but the machine, does...
I just need more practice but yes, the machine does beat the old way of handl looping and fumbling and tying!.
This was the first lesson bow in their booklet. And the first thiing you do is cut a 24 inch peice of the gold wire tie cord.
This bow method is called the FOLD AND TWIST!
Holy moly, twist and shout, you put the ribbin loops in the maker and you tie the gold wire and you pull the bow out!
The next bow I m making is called a butterfly bow. It is two tails and five loops.
The tails are 8 inches long, the first two loops are 8 inch loops with a twist so the nice side of the ribbon is to the outside of the loop and then the next two loops are 6 inches. The final loop is 3 inches fo rthe "knot"!
The gold wire is pulled and tied to the bow and you slide it out of the machine and fluff and whalah!
I could never ever get them done as nice as this doing it the old hand tie method way!
Again, the machine rocks!
I will try yet another style later! See finished bow below!
I have some of those wired picks but I must be heavy handed 'cause I always break the stinkin' wire when I try to attach whatever it is(bow..silk flower) so I generaly use wooden skewers...and I don't even have fat fingers...LOL
I need to make some of these to use up all my "too short" pieces of ribbon left over on the roll after making big bows.
Well, I am not meaning the really really fancy gift baskets.. was more for like kids party favor or kiddie Easter baskets for the pull bows.. those fancy gift baskets your talking there and that you make you are right..no pull bows. Much would depend on the basket of course and the maker!
A pull bow would definitely be tacky on that basket you are showing!
Yup,that's netting. My neighbor was having trouble putting together her gift basket for her Aunt's birthday so she brought it to me. I didn't have any colors in silk ribbon that would work for it so I used the netting.
it's made the same way you do with the silk ribbon. I did it by hand but it can be done on the bow maker.
After inserting the gold wire tie thread, basically I took the two ribbons overlapping each other and put a tail in first twisiting it 180 at the center of the machine then made each loop twisting at the center and the last tail.
pulled my tie thread to tie off the ribbon, spread the loops, cut the tails to finish and whalah!
After inserting the gold wire tie thread, basically I took the two ribbons overlapping each other and put a tail in first twisiting it 180 at the center of the machine then made each loop twisting at the center and the last tail, pulled my tie thread to tie off the ribbon, spread the loops, cut the tails to finish and whalah!