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Old 02-03-2006, 12:58 PM   #1
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I finally figured out how to tie a perfect square knot with flat ribbon! I'm sure most of you mastered this long ago. But I never liked my knots and found it challenging to follow instructions written for ropes when I was using flat ribbon such as Grosgrain. Now I can tie them perfect everytime! I made a tip sheet (with photos) and thought I'd share it in case anyone else is ribbon challenged. Enjoy!

If you are using Wordpad to open, then use version 2 of the file since it doesn't use tables. The PDF is the same as the Word docs, but the photos are smaller to make it fit on a single page.

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you are mahvelous dahling....Thank you very, very much!!!
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You're the best!! TFS!! -- Just printed your tip sheet for future (near future) use.
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Great tip. Thanks!
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Unfortunately, I too, am "bow challenged". I love the way they look but for some reason I have a hard time with them. I've saved your instructions and I'll give it a try. (The pictures wouldn't come through for me though. )
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Hmmm, are you using Word to open the file? If you are using Wordpad, then use version 2 of the file since it doesn't use tables.

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OMG - I'm ready to tear my hair out!!!!!! I've tried, tried, and tried again, and I'm still "bow stupid". Are you using 2 pieces of ribbon or just 1??
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OMG - I'm ready to tear my hair out!!!!!! I've tried, tried, and tried again, and I'm still "bow stupid". Are you using 2 pieces of ribbon or just 1??
I am using one long piece of ribbon that is centered on a box or book (or you could use a card). So I started with two ends.

Lay out a long piece of ribbon horizontally. Place a box or book (these are easy to practice with) in the middle of it. Then hold one end of the ribbon in your left hand and one end in your right and bring them up to the center of the box. Then start from my tip sheet and continue from there. Hope this helps!

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i know this is off topic, but did you know that all salespeople at Tiffany & co have to watch a half an hour video on how to tie a white bow?

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i know this is off topic, but did you know that all salespeople at Tiffany & co have to watch a half an hour video on how to tie a white bow? just a thought
Thanks! Just to clarify, my tip sheet describes how to tie a knot (rather than a bow). But, my DH was curious and found this link for me with instructions/pictures for tying a Tiffany bow!
http://www.the-moores.net/?p=13

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could someone put this into a pdf file for those of us who don't have word. TIA
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could someone put this into a pdf file for those of us who don't have word. TIA
I just added the pdf version (which was in post #8 of this thread) on to my first post so it is easy to find now.

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I just printed out your instructions for future use and I want to thank you for posting this. I believe it will help me when I want to use some ribbon on my cards.
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I've saved your instructions and the instructions for the Tiffany bow so that I will be prepared no matter the situation. Thanks for the tutorial.
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I finally figured out how to tie a perfect square knot with flat ribbon! I'm sure most of you mastered this long ago. But I never liked my knots and found it challenging to follow instructions written for ropes when I was using flat ribbon such as Grosgrain. Now I can tie them perfect everytime! I made a tip sheet (with photos) and thought I'd share it in case anyone else is ribbon challenged. Enjoy!

If you are using Wordpad to open, then use version 2 of the file since it doesn't use tables. The PDF is the same as the Word docs, but the photos are smaller to make it fit on a single page.
thank you so much! I've never liked my knots either! I finally mastered a bow but my knots are just NOT what I liked!
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Thank you SOOO much. Very well done. I printed 4 copies so that I can share with my little stampin' group

And I really got a kick out of the Tiffany's info -- Thanks so much to your DH and to you for including it
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Scoopy, you rock. Ribbon used to be my nemesis, but no more!

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You're the bees knees! Thank you so much for the time you took to put these together. I, too, am ribbon-tying challenged, so I'm anxious to try out your directions.
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I am hugely knot-challenged and have been struggling with the knots on a layout for over an hour (can you tell I am a huge perfectionist?!) My hubby suggested that I look at fishing or climbing sites on the web to find knot tutorials...who needs that when we have this site?! Thank you for saving my buns!
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Great post. I've saved this file and can't wait to try it. Thanks Scoopy!
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Thanks for posting!

The way I always remember how to tie a square knot is:

Left over Right
Right over Left
Now pull it tight.
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I am using one long piece of ribbon that is centered on a box or book (or you could use a card). So I started with two ends.

Lay out a long piece of ribbon horizontally. Place a box or book (these are easy to practice with) in the middle of it. Then hold one end of the ribbon in your left hand and one end in your right and bring them up to the center of the box. Then start from my tip sheet and continue from there. Hope this helps!
So thats it!!!! Now I really feel stupid. I tied the knot, looked at it and thought, "thats it"

You are the bomb! I'M NOT BOW STUPID ANYMORE!!! I'VE BEEN SAVED!!!
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Thanks so much for these photo directions. I was at a 'stamp til you cramp' today and was reminded just how BAD I am at getting my bows to look good. Your info came at a PERFECT time!

Thanks again!
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Thank you so much for these instructions. I will be trying this today.
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Thank you so much for solving the mystery forever!
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I cannot thank you enough! I was almost finished with an important sympathy card and just couldn't get the bow to look "solemn" enough ... it kept on sticking up, giving it a "perky, fun" look instead of one serious enough for the occasion.

With one hand on the card, and the other one on my mouse, I managed to work my way through your tutorial to end up with a perfect tie.

You probably don't even know how helpful you've been to so many of us ... thank you so much for taking the time to share your insight!
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I'm glad this was helpful to everyone!
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Thanks for the directions. Now maybe I can have those nice ribbon knots that I see everyone else have.
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Thank you for posting the instructions. I really needed it.
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i just do a square knot- "right over left and left over right"- learned it in girl scouts circa 197?... too long ago to admit!
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Oh My Gosh! Thanks so much. I am such a visual learner and seeing the pics right along with the directions helps sooo much! janet
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I have tried and tried to get this right now I can!
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WONDERFUL! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LOve this tip sheet. Thank you.
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Thanks! I love reading all your comments!
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I love your tip sheet. I make a perfect flat bow everytime and it is so easy.
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Thanks so much for the tip. I usually say a few colorful words while trying to get the knot to look just right!
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I will definitely give this a try on my next card! I too am "bow challenged", so I usually make knots, but lately my knots haven't looked so great either! My sister came over to stamp a few days ago and I made her do all my knots! Thanks a million!
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