My bowmaking tool comes in two sizes, small
and large. The length of the needle determines
the size of the loops and the finished bow.
We are going to use our large bow making tool
in this lesson, because it is easier to see
in the photos. However, the technique is the
same regardless of which size tool you are using.
Begin by placing one end of a length of 7mm
ribbon thru the needle on the tool.
Now, using your glue applicator, place a tiny
dot of glue at the base of the ribbon.
||Keeping the end of
the ribbon on the top of the wooden handle, pull
the ribbon up and use the length of the needle
to measure. You want to pull the ribbon
to the full height of the needle.....
||then push the needle
thru the ribbon.
||Push the ribbon down
the needle and into the glue at the base of the
needle. You have now made your first loop.
||Again put a dot of
glue at the base of the needle, pull the ribbon
up gently to the full length of the needle and
pierce. When pulling be very careful not
to pull your previous loop out from the glue.
Again slide this loop down the needle. Make
sure that this loop runs in the opposite direction
of your first loop.
||Here we have completed
three loops. Notice that they are all extending
out in different directions from the center?
Continue in this manner, glue, measure, loop
till you have a lovely fluffy bow.
||Bow with 8 loops..
||When it's time for
your last loop, cut the ribbon off just beyond
where you will push the needle thru, and turn
under the end then push the needle thru to hide
the end of the ribbon in the center of the bow.
Push end down into glue.
||Find your first end
of the ribbon and use it to pull the entire bow
up and off the needle. You can use tweezers
also if desired.
This illustration shows our completed bow glued
into place on a miniature hat. NOte that two
long ends of ribbon were glued into place first,
and then the bow was glued on top.
You can use 4 or 7mm ribbon on the larger bow
making tool. The smaller tool is best suited
for 4mm ribbon only.