Friday, November 21, 2014

50 Ribbon Rosettes and Bows to Make: Book Review

I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of Deanna Csomo McCool's beautiful book to review - 50 Ribbon Rosettes and Bows to Make!

**I received the copy for free as part of this blog tour - all thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own!**


I am not a bow maker. I sew, but I've never been entirely comfortable with ribbon. For some reason, it's always intimidated me a little (though I do love a hot glue gun!) But this book is so well written and photographed that it takes the intimidation factor out of ribbon and ribbon crafts for me.

First off, there are clear descriptions of multiple types of ribbons - everything from the most common grosgrains to the intricate, colorful jacquards. For me, this was extremely helpful, as grosgrain and satin are about the only types of ribbon I'd heard of. There are also tips on what projects are best for what types of ribbon, and how easy each type is to work with.


Basically, everything you want or need to know is laid out for you at the beginning. Then comes the fun part - the projects!

There is a huge variety of flowers, bows, decor, and accessories, ranging from beginner to advanced levels of difficulty. I started with the simple Whimsy Flower, a beginner project. It was so much fun, I ended up making two! The first wasn't exactly seasonal colors, so the second I had to change it up and pair with the Woven Headband (intermediate). I attached the flower to the matching headband, and I think it's going to be a perfect accessory for Natalie's Thanksgiving dress! 


I did change up the headband a bit - since one of the four ribbons I was using is a tiny bit thinner than the other three, they didn't want to lay nicely, so I ended up "weaving" as though I had two ribbons instead of four. I will definitely be making more of these - they are the cutest accessories, and so easy!


Finally, I've been thinking about Christmas ornaments, and the Finnish snowflake was perfect! I love the look of it - so delicate, and so intricate looking, though it really is very simple to make. The pictures make the steps very easy to follow. Along with this snowflake, there is also a lattice version that I'm dying to try next! I think a whole bunch of these will look great hanging up in my windows this year.


I really can't say enough about this book. Everything is spelled out so well for the "beginning-est" of beginners (read: me!), and the photographs and drawing illustrate each step. In fact, I think I'm inspired to get some pretty satin ribbon and try out the Traditional Package Bow (advanced!!) - Christmas gifts are so much more fun with that personalized touch!


I'm so happy to have this book - it's given me the inspiration and ability to do something I've wanted to do, but never knew where to start! And - one lucky reader will win a copy of their very own! Just enter the Rafflecopter below, and cross your fingers! *Giveaway is for US and Canada only*








16 comments:

  1. I think I'd be interested in Jewelry but really the whole process as I'm not familiar at all with bow making..

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  2. Definitely hair accessories for my nieces :)

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  3. Hair accessories. I have made bows in the past and it's always been a pain. Those snowflakes are adorable.

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  4. I'd love to try the Finnish snowflakes! Cute!

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  5. I need to learn how to make some bows for my girly girl daughter! Thanks for the giveaway

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  6. Hair accessories for my girls :)

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  7. Those are a lot of fun! I need to try out bows more often.

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  8. My daughter loves hair bows but I am so bad at making them.

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  9. I really stink at making bows :/ so I end up paying a small fortune for others to make them lol. Learning how is on my to do list!

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  10. I could totally use this... the only flower I can make is a yoyo lol!

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  11. I love these, my little one is 5 and has very thin hair that mostly works with head bands, we would have so much fun making stuff from this book together. Although I agree about ribbon being intimidating :)

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  12. I used to work with ribbon a lot. I haven't for a few years. I would love to win the book for new ideas and motivation. It looks fantastic. Thanks for the fun blog read.

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