One day I was looking for a flower to match a layout I was working on. Now we all know that necessity is the mother of invention. I have also tried to make a commitment to use what products I have in my scrapbook room other than buy more stuff. I have enough in here to last me forever! So off I went to my stash to see how I could make a flower. Now I could have used paper and a die cut but I wanted something softer. Off to my ribbon it was!! And voila ... this is what I came up with. All I really did was use a ruffling technique that I used many a time during my sewing days. Just goes to show that what ever you learn will become useful at some point in your life.
Gather a selection of Gossamer ribbon...fancy name for the ribbon you can see through...you know the stuff...soft like gauze. You will need a pair of scissors and some thread. You can match the thread to your ribbon but I just use cream ribbon because you won't see the thread once you have completed the flower.
Start threading the ribbon front to back as seen in the photo. After a few stitches, stop threading.
Take the end of the ribbon and tie a knot as seen so that you stabilize the thread so that it does not unthread as you continue to thread the rest of the ribbon.
Now continue to thread the entire ribbon to the end.
Now begin to do the bunching/ruffling. Just pull the ribbon over the thread until it is all pulled to the end where you placed the first initial knot.
Take both ends of the ribbon once it is completely pulled and ruffled and tie the ends together...try to perform a double knot.
Now you get to play with it a little bit. It is pliable and you can arrange the petals (for lack of a better word) as you want.
Don't forget to snip the ends of the ribbon ends where you tied them so that they don't show through your flower.
Using any type of embellishment you wish, place it in the center over the hole of the gather. Place on a layout or card and enjoy!!!
As you see here, I have used a brown flower on the layout seen. So pretty in brown with a cream rosette in the center...Enjoy!!!