However, I was surfing through the TV shows being aired recently and came across "Martha's Sewing Room" again. I was finishing up a quilt and decided it would be a good background filler.
I was quickly sucked in when one of the segments featured Kari Mecca of "Kari Me Away" designs. The segment featured how to make ribbon roses ... by sewing machine!
Kari has also developed a tool she calls "Whimsy sticks" to help you make the flowers and trim. But I don't have those specific sticks. By watching her demo and seeing how it works, I determined that I could find some make-shift supplies and I did.
Her Whimsy sticks are acrylic bars, 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1-1/4" wide and 17" long. Well, I had some Celtic bias bars that would substitute. I don't have the wider widths, but I do have a bar 1/2" wide. I also had a clear ruler that was 2" wide. I could, at the very least, experiment!
What I didn't have was the exact instructions of what width ribbon, how long to cut the ribbon and which width bar works with what width ribbon. I imagine that information is included in the Whimsy stick packaging. After all, why should she give away *all* the information?
From my ribbon stash, I picked out some 3/8" ribbon and used my 1/2" bar. Following the Martha's Sewing Room demo, I made my own ribbon roses! Dang, but they turned out so cute!
For the single-loop flowers:
You wrap the ribbon around the stick (tip from Kari: just hold the ribbon in one hand, secure one end of the ribbon at the top of the bar then turn THE BAR to wrap the ribbon around the bar. That is much easier than physically wrapping *the ribbon*). Then you secure the wraps with a strip of low-tack tape down the center of the wraps, on both sides of the stick. She uses 1/4" Tiger Tape but I didn't have any of that. What I did have was 1" low-tack blue painter's tape. I simply cut 1/4" wide strips.
Remove the low-tack tape.
For double-loop flowers:
There is a very useful YouTube video from Kari to watch on this. The basic technique is the same .. wrap a wider ribbon on a wider stick. (I used 1-1/2" ribbon with my 2" wide ruler. I don't know what Kari used; she didn't say.)
(oh a note ... this "silver" ribbon was originally a wired-edge ribbon. That won't work with this technique. To use it, I simply removed the wire from the edge. It slips out easily.)
Because I didn't have the specific information on exact ribbon width and stick width, my double-loop flower didn't turn out as loose as Kari's example.
My result was a more tightly wrapped flower. I think it still looks nice but it's not the same as Kari's.
I forget details so easily these days. :-)
Right now, I don't have a real purpose for them, but they sure do use up all those short lengths of ribbon that I just couldn't bear to throw away! :-)