Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Using ribbon - part 3: The Knot

The infamous knot. It's much simpler than a bow (and, in my opinion, cleaner-looking) but the knot causes problems for so many people. It really is as easy as "left over, right under; right over, left under" but there are a couple of things to remember.

For your first "left over, right under" tie the ribbon tightly, without bending your cardstock. It's the second part that's the crucial part.

For the second part ("right over, left under"), work slowly. It's tempting to get that ribbon tied and under control as quickly as you can but hold back! Take it really slowly, and adjust the ribbon as you go, so the top part is nice and flat. If you need an extra finger to hold it still while you practise, rope someone in to help. Soon you'll be an old hand at this and find your own middle finger appearing as if by magic!

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  1. Excellent instructions - especially the don't rush it bit. That's crucial. CC

  2. Thanks for the info on knots! I get all tied up in them and they never look as well as most!

  3. Knots can be sooo tricky. Thanks for the tips!!

  4. Thanks for the tip. I've seen a knot tying video but am still struggling. Must be the rushing part messing me up.

  5. Great knot tutorial. I am always knot challenged ! I will try the take it slow approach. Wish me luck !


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