After my realization that my Twisted Boutique Technique needed help, I decided to do a bow that ONLY had that technique to get some practice in.
These bows are quite an improvement, and I think I still need practice, but at least I am getting better.
I did both of these Twisted Boutique bows by hand. Since I have a hard time with keeping a tight grip on the bow, I’ve learned it is better for me to not use the bow maker and deal with that transition when taking it off.
The bow measures 4″. I never measure out my ribbon before I start. I keep it on the spool and do a quick run through the bow and then cut. Then I do the bow over again (and over again in this case!) and go from there. You can definitely use the formulas for ribbon length on the TOTT Hair Bow Instructions. Just make sure to use the correct formula for the technique you are using.
I used Emerald Shamrocks Ribbon in 7/8″ for my bottom layer. This layer measures 4″.
For the top layer, I used White Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in 7/8″. This layer also measures 4″.
I finished off the bow by lining my clip and tying a flat center with Emerald/White Swiss Dots Ribbon in 3/8″. I used a french barrette for this bow.
Here is the side view.
Practice is definitely helping! I almost put up the other bow I made last week to show how much I’ve improved, but it’s that bad. I don’t think I want to remember it.
I have a tutorial for a Shamrock ribbon sculpture coming soon! I’ve made a bunch and I’m just trying to find the perfect technique to put up here. If you have a tutorial for a Shamrock that you love and would like to share, let me know at email@example.com.