Make Instant Festivity
My friend Ginne has had more different
kinds of jobs than anyone I know. When she was a delivery driver
for a florist shop, she learned to tie the bows that were used on
the arrangements. She is now a master bow maker. Using sometimes
up to three colors of ribbon, she crafts satin confections that
are carefully packed away by their recipients to grace another package.
A well-made bow can dress up an otherwise ho-hum gift and transform
a great gift into to a spectacular one.
Making bows is a skill that takes some
practice. We recommend that you buy a 100-yard spool of size #9
satin acetate ribbon for practice.
Cut a piece of #9 satin acetate ribbon
about 24" long.
Fold the ribbon piece in half, lengthwise,
and set it aside.
Notice that one side of the ribbon
is shiny, one side is dull. We want to have only shiny sides of
the ribbon showing. Pull out a length of ribbon from the spool (don't
cut it off!) and pinch it tight about 4" from the end. This will
be the center of the bow.
Form a loop
And then give the ribbon a twist and
Below the first loop, form another
loop. Twist and pinch to keep the shiny side of the ribbon out.
Working in a clockwise direction, the
next top loop will be to the right of the original top loop. The
next bottom loop will be to the left of the original bottom loop.
Continue twisting and pinching loops
above and below until the bow has the amount of fullness you want.
Then cut the ribbon from the spool.
Now it is time to use that piece of
folded ribbon you set aside earlier. Place it around the middle
of the bow.
Tie the folded ribbon around the middle
of the bow. Use the kind of half knot you use to tie your shoes
but with one difference. When you tie your shoes, you make one knot.
For bow making, pass the end of the ribbon through the knot again.
This will keep the ribbon from slipping
and is the secret to a tightly tied (and beautiful!) bow. Pull the
folded piece of ribbon very tight! The tighter you can pull it,
the more the bow will stand up.
Fluff out the loops.
You can adorn your bows with interesting
things in the center, like sparkly pipe cleaners. Here's how:
Bend two sparkly pipe cleaners in half
at the center. Twist them (one side at a time) around a pencil to
make a corkscrew shape. Place the center of the bow in the bend
of the pipe cleaners, wrap them around the center of the bow, and
twist them together like a twist-tie on a bag of bread. Viola! You
can also use mini Christmas balls on wire too.
As we open presents, each bow gets
placed on the Christmas tree.
Clare enjoys sewing and crafting. Every
winter she makes seven wreaths (with Ginne's bows!) for her home
in East Rochester, NY.