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50 Ribbon Rosettes and Bows To Make
Deanna Cosmo McCool

Search Press
14 August 2014/ ISBN 9781782212003
Genre How-To Books/Craft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Decorate your gifts, hair and clothes with this impressive range of fifty different bows and rosettes. All you need is some ribbon and a few other things and you can get tying, stitching and sticking!

This book starts with a short piece on different types of ribbons and their properties, so you know what variety is suitable for which style and why. You don’t need a lot of equipment to make up the designs in this book and many designs are suitable for using up leftovers from other projects. There is a section on core techniques before you start, so you can learn about cutting, attaching hair clips, sealing and other things.

I like the project picker with photos showing all the designs. They are so beautiful it is hard to decide which to make first and that makes it is easy and fast to select what you need. The projects themselves are grouped into chapters whether they are for wearing, attaching to gifts or floral in nature and finally there is a short chapter on projects, some with instructions and others just a gallery. Each project has a photo of the finished piece, instructions with captions and drawn diagrams plus what you need. There are hair decorations, corsages, jewelry, decorations for Christmas, adornments for packages, flowers made from ribbon and more. Nothing is terribly difficult to master, and many take almost no time at all but it is surprising how much better even a simple bow looks when you have followed instructions from an expert. A lovely book on an unusual subject.

If you cannot find a good range of ribbons and other bow making materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2014