Onto the desk - ahem, pretty clear for me to the right hand side. Ha, let's just hope I get all the junk removed from our bed before this evening!
Cut a length of your chosen ribbon, thinking about it you could probably keep the left hand end on your roll or full length of ribbon. Take the right hand end over the left hand end.
Tuck what is now the left hand end of ribbon underneath the back of the ribbon and bring it to the front over the top and tie a single knot. Result!
The front part of the bow is now facing away from you, just slip it off the pins of the bow maker. So far, so good. In truth, a bow maker is a bit of a luxury and some would say why spend money on one when you can tie perfectly good bows yourself. Well, this way does give you a lovely bow every time, it's quick and easy, the 'tails' hang down perfectly and I refuse to feel guilty about having a few tools to make life easier or the results a bit better.
But, teensy little bows can be a nightmare to make no matter how skilled you are. I need some for a card or three I have in mind and I suddenly remembered this little tip that I'd used in the past - I originally saw it on a craft show on the 'Tee Vee' and it's great if you're not very dexterous (hee, hee, got the big word for today in there!). So, get your narrow ribbon and raid the cutlery drawer for a fork!
|Follow the same process as when using the bow maker and cross the right hand bit of the ribbon over the left hand bit|
And here are the results :)) Have fun - it's almost addictive!
I'm off now for my weekly hop around your desks. If I'm not there straight away it's just because I do spread it over a couple of days. To join me, go to Julia's here, she looks about to be buried under a pile of scrap stock!!