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Review: 50 Ribbon Rosettes
I was excited about this book, because I'm an inveterate ribbon hoarder who never does anything with her ribbon. I've gotten a lot of new inspiration from 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make: For Perfectly Wrapped Gifts, Gorgeous Hair Clips, Beautiful Corsages, and Decorative Fun!
Deanna McCool runs an excellent sewing blog, Sew McCool, so I knew this book would be strong on instruction, too.
Things kick off with an interesting section outlining various types of ribbon and how they handle. Then the book covers the basic tools and supplies, and then moves on to core ribbon-work techniques.
The instructional content throughout the book takes the form of clear steps and illustrations. I like that these show hand positioning, which would be a pretty important part of manipulating ribbon.
…And from there, we get into those 50 projects. I'm really impressed with the diversity of ideas here, so I'll try to show you a range. There's a chapter on fashion embellishments, for example, that includes several styles of hair bows, headbands, and jewelry applications, as well as embellishments on things like journals and garments.
Along the way, these projects teach you a whole range of bow styles, such as the Tuxedo Bow, the Figure-Eight Bow, the Pinwheel Bow, and the Loopy Bow, to name a few. You can apply all these styles to anything your imagination dreams up.
There's also a great section on package toppers (which also teaches its own series of bows, like the Pompom Bow, the Florist Bow, and the Straight Loops Bow). I think these are some of the prettiest bows in the book. Deanna has a great way with choosing interesting ribbon combinations.
The chapter on flower-making is stupendous, covering how to make roses, carnations, asters, dahlias, daffodils, peonies, lilies of the valley, and some fanciful rosettes – and even ladybugs and bumblebees! (Plus, how to add stems and ribbon leaves.)
…And finally, there's an Ideas Directory section that shows off some lovely general applications for ribbon bows – covering various holidays and weddings. The three above are some of my very favorites (I have Christmas on the brain already, I know).
And in fact, if you'd like to preview Deanna's teaching style, you can download a how-to for that ribbon cockade at her blog.
So all in all, 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows is an excellent reference of ribbon techniques that would form the building blocks for a lifetime of creations. Check if out!
(Disclosure-y: St. Martin's sent me a review copy, and the title links above are affiliate links.)