Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tying a Three-Loop Bow

Good morning! I'm back again today as promised with a few quick shots on how I tie my three-loop bow. I apologize for the messy blotter on my desk, but it was a work in progress rather than a formal "photo shoot". This is a very simple bow to tie once you see how it is done. First, tie the first half of a double knot as shown above.

Next, wrap three loops of ribbon - I usually loop it around my fingers three times. For this step, you will need to figure out how wide you want your bow loops to be. Once you have your size adjusted, cut it off the spool.

Now lay those three loops over your knot and tie it again as shown above. (If you are working with satin or some other slippery ribbon, you may want to make it a double knot.)

Here's the tricky part because you will now have four tails. Decide which two will show the least when you cut then. I usually trim the two from the loops I have made, close to where the knot is. Sometimes I lift the knot a bit, insert a drop of glue and then pull the tail so it is just inside the knot and glued there. Just minipulate the loops until you get them arranged nicely.

This bow was made with wired ribbon so it sits up nicely, but I also have great results with any type of ribbon. It works especially well with the crinkled seam binding ribbon that is so popular right now.

Thanks for stopping by today. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day!

Blessings & hugs,


Babsarella said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I'm definitely going to try this.

Dazie said...

This is a great tutorial thanks so much for sharing!

Sian said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, your bows always look wonderful.

Margreet said...

Thank you Linda, for that great tutorial for making that adorable will take a lot of practicing!!!
xxx Margreet

Robyn said...

Love the look of this bow. Thanks for sharing. I just found your blog and love, Love, LOVE it!! Your work is amazing.

Julie M said...

I must confess to my shame that I had to read it twice, Linda - but the second time a light-bulb went off in my mind - such a clever idea - thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely try this.

Julie x

Michelle's Daydreams said...

Hi Linda, this is just what I needed. I'm finally able to take a little crafting time again and I've been trying to make a pretty bow for the last 30 minutes. I've been admiring all of your recent pretty cards too... they are wonderful. :)

Tanya said...

Thanks so much!

Claire Phillips said...

Thanks Linda for popping by mine and I really appreciate your comments on my butterfly decoration. Great bow and your projects are fab - had a quick run through your recent work. Will have a better look now. Cheers Claire x

Anonymous said...

Ah...the penny has dropped ! Fabulous bow Linda, thanks for sharing your technique. Sue C x

Sandy Ang said...

Thanks for the tutorial!

Tanya said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I have so much trouble with this. I need something visual. I'm off to try it now. :)

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