I received a copy of 50 Ribbons Rosettes & Bows to Make in exchange for my honest review. MacMillan Publishers is also giving away 2 paperback copies! Check out the giveaway info at the end of this post.
50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make by Deanna McCool begins with types of ribbons and their properties. It helps you choose tools and supplies, then teaches you core techniques for various bow projects. There are over 50 ribbon projects to inspire you, including: hair bows, gift topper ideas, floral bows for bouquets, and dozens of ribbon flowers. There are even project ideas for wreaths & holiday decor, picture frames, jewelry, and clothing embellishment.
I really like the detailed instructions and illustrations. I wish I started making bows with a book like this; rather than ambling around the internet trying to figure things out. I lost piles of ribbon to failed hair bow attempts. And my kid may have worn a few less than stellar bows back in the day. *Hangs head in shame*
I have a much higher hair bow success rate these days, but this book has improved my technique a ton- and learned some new tricks too! 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make is a great resource for beginners to pro bow-makers.
My pinwheels and twisted boutique bows are looking a lot smarter after reading the book. Those are some of basic hair bow components. My next project may be some gift toppers because working with wired and ribbon is a little trickier for me.
There are some advanced ribbon projects in the book too. Like the star cockade, shown above. Once you can make that, everyone will think you are a total bad@$$.
Update: Deanna just published a free tutorial on how to sew this ribbon cockade! Download it here :)
I thought it would be fun to show you the anatomy of a boutique hair bow: the different parts and pieces that make the big ridiculous bows I love so much. These are all techniques covered in the book.
The Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows
Those are a few of the components that make up the anatomy of boutique hair bows. With these pieces, I ended up with this over the top holiday bow.
This book is written by Deanna McCool, designer of Birdsong Patterns. Get to know the author on her blog; SewMcCool. You can purchase a copy of 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows To Make at MacMillan Publishers.
I have 2 paperback copies to giveaway! It’s a big, coffee table sized book with beautiful, glossy photos. The winner can keep it for herself, or ship it to a friend. An American or Canadian friend, that is. (Shipping is limited to U.S. and Canada.)
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