3 February 2013

ribbon rose

I have been meaning to write this tutorial up for some time and just getting round to it today. The ribbon rose is folded in the same way that I used to make newspaper sticks for the fire as a child. It is a bit fiddly and may take a bit of practise to get a satisfactory rose shape. You could experiment with different width of ribbon. 

aprox 80cms (30ins) of ribbon width 2.5cms (1ins) for the rose
scraps of ribbon for further decoration
needle and thread
bead (optional)

Have needle threaded, with a double knotted thread, in a matching colour. 
1. Fold the length of ribbon in half.
2. Fold the top part of ribbon to form a mitre.
3. Fold the underneath half of the ribbon over the mitre. 
4. Fold the other half of the ribbon over.  
5. Continue folding backwards and forward about 14 times. 
6. Keep hold of the two ends of the two ribbons and let the rest of the ribbon "pop" out.
7. Pinch the ribbon, and pull one of the lengths of ribbon.

8. Pull gently until the rose shape forms. With needle and thread sew back and forward from the centre of rose to the back, make sure all pieces of ribbon are held secure. Attach bead to centre of flower.
9. Fold the two loose ends to the back of the rose and sew in place.
10. You can build up further pieces of ribbon at the back of the rose.
11. Fold the ends of a piece of ribbon so that they overlap at the centre. With a needle and double thread sew along the centre line, pull tight to gather and fasten off.
12. Attach to the back of the rose.
This would make a lovely corsage for a wedding or a pretty way to decorate a wrapped gift for someone special.
Bye for now, Ali.