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Ben Yƻsuf, Anna / The art of millinery: a complete series of practical lessons for the artiste and the amateur

Lesson X: Simple bow making,   pp. 151-165 PDF (2.2 MB)

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                 LESSON X 
            SIMPLE BOW MAKING 
HE making of various kinds of bows is only a part 
     of the uses to which ribbon may be put. Like other 
     materials, it is the means of expressing the artistic 
ideas of the designer; hence the chief thing to learn is 
the dexterous handling and light manipulation of ribbon; 
this acquired, will make the carrying out of any design 
an easy matter. 
  Ribbon is never out of fashion, but some seasons it is 
made a prominent feature, and "bows" of all shapes and 
sizes are used as the chief trimming on nearly every 
shape, the character of the arrangement being designed 
suitably to the shape of the hat or bonnet, and suitably 
for its purpose of wear. 
                   Wiring Bows 
  The very rich stiff ribbons are set up without wiring, 
but even they will flop when taken into wear; the best 
plan is to wire long loops while making the bow, and 
invisibly "tie" the shorter loops to these, so all will hold 
their pose. Fig. I shows wire loops bent up to lay into 
the loops of ribbon, the join at the base coming in the 
"waist" of the bow, but if this is to be straight up and 
                 FIG. I-WIRE LOOPS 
down, each wire loop must be cut separately and laid in, 
folding the ribbon over quite loosely, so that no sign of 
wire appears outside. After the bow is made, the loops 
are secured inside with a couple of "ties." The "Quill"

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