Technique Tuesday 3-17-09

I have often been asked how I get my knots so nice.  I will have to confess when I first started I turned to my up-line all the time for help.  Now after a thousand swaps or so I can finally tie a good knot.  I thought that maybe if I showed you step by step it would help. 

ribbon-step-1I think the biggest thing that helps me is I usually tie the knot when it is still connected to the roll of ribbon.  This makes it easy to always tie it correctly because I only have one end of the ribbon to work with. 

Step 1- So first I place my ribbon under the idem I am going to tie the knot on.

ribbon-step-2Step 2- Next I cross the two pieces of ribbon. As you can see the roll of ribbon is now on the left side and the end I am tying with is crossed over to the right.




ribbon-step-3Step 3- Next you want to fold the lose end over the top and under the end attached to the roll.





ribbon-step-4Step 4- Now fold down the end attached to the roll.  Now both ends of the ribbon should be facing down.  The loose end is on the right side and the attached end is on the left side.




ribbon-step-5Step 5-  Fold the lose end up across the attached end.






ribbon-step-6Step 6- Tuck the lose end under the attached end.






ribbon-step-7Step 7- Your finished knot.  I believe this is called a square not, but I’m not sure.  You think I would know since I have 4 boys and they are in scouts.  I have found that when I tie a knot like this the ends both go down.  If I want them to go up I just tie it upside down.  On of the keys to a perfect knot is to keep the ribbon nice and flat through each step.   

ribbon-finishedHere is the finished project.  I hope that this helps you in tying the perfect knot.  Remember that it also takes practice so just keep on tying.

sab-bunny-cardHere is another sample of the same card with a different picture and saying.  I got this card idea from Becky Roberts blog.  You can check it out here

Products Used:
114674 Delicate Dots DSP- SAB
113788 Polka Dot Punches- SAB
114618 Ribbon Bundle- SAB
109043 Scallop Circle Punch $15.95
104401 1-3/8″ Circle Punch $15.95
104403 1-1/4″ Circle Punch $15.95
114968 Fundamental Phrases $37.95 (Card 1)
*113822 Eight Great Greetings $27.95 (Card 2)
114974 A Good Egg $23.95 (Card 2)

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* indicates it is from the Occasions Mini Catalog

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