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So many styles of Bow…

You will never believe how many styles and techniques there are for making a bow!! I’m sure I could list over 100 but that would take me a very long time so instead I’m going to introduce you to the 3 most popular and easiest to make!!  Why only 3? …. I know this doesn’t seem like many when I just told you there was 100s!!  but these are the most common styles and there are so many techniques to create just these 3 bow styles, you won’t be needing any more anytime soon!

Once you’ve chosen your favourite design… the decisions don’t stop there… you have a huge variety of materials, colours and textures to choose from to make your bow unique! Don’t forget you must always ensure design and materials you are selecting co-ordinate with your other props and overall brand style!

The Anatomy of a bow!

Bow diagram

This diagram shows all the different bits that can go into making a bow, but as you will discover not all parts come apart or get used in the design process, so listen carefully!

The Hand Tied Bow

Rustic : Organic : Soft & Flowing

The hand tied bow is one of my favourites, it may be the most obvious forms of bow, tied as if it was a shoe lace or fixing 2 bits of string together, but I love its organic handmade feel. It suits ribbon with frayed edges, crinkled silk and other imperfect fabrics like hessian allowing an amazing rustic and imperfect look to be revealed.  I feel its simple form is fading from the art & craft scene in favour of more complex intricate designs like the styles below!

You can happily place 3 or more mini bows in a row on a tieback and they fit perfectly together forming a perfect pattern that never fails to look amazing! Creating really small versions is really effective, but go too large and you get a floppy mess! Great for single ribbons or a single strip of fabric, but must be thin and pliable to allow you to tie it in a knot!

3 Styles of Bow

3 Styles of Bow

3 Styles of Bow

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The Classic Bow

Smart : Minimal : Handsome

A very simple design showing off its 2 perfectly formed bows without any hanging ties. Becoming more and more popular maybe because of its unique and precise form providing a simple and subtle design with no annoying ties dangling which get in the way. It’s super versatile and you can use any type of fabric from soft and silky to stiff and thick. An attractive feature allows for any new material to be added as its “middle” strip, providing more style decisions! A bow for the boys… being less girly in nature this bow can happily be used as a bow tie on a little boy!

3 Styles of Bow

3 Styles of Bow

3 Styles of Bow

The Sailor Bow

Traditional : Stylish : Timeless 

The sailor bow reminds me of sweet girls with their hair tied half back with the fabric bow in the back. Typically a large and beautiful bow, simple in design but with a slight reference to the hand tied look, making it a great all rounder. A style that you can picture on sailor outfits little girls used to wear for posh formal outings. Generally seen made from floral or patterned fabric but can be made from any ribbon or fabric strips, again using solid materials and not too soft and flimsy, so no organza or slippy silk!

3 Styles of Bow

3 Styles of Bow

Which bow best fits in with your Brand Style? Chose carefully when you next consider a bow for your next DIY Prop Project!  I’ve shown you 3 styles of bow, next you need to learn how to actually make them! Check out this blog post… “Discover the essential DIY Photo Prop: Bows”  The joy of a bow is simplicity, once you’ve made one you can then attach your bow(s) onto a variety of tieback bases…. then you have your first prop! Check out our blog post “How to make a Tieback Blank” these are the most popular way of creating a tieback because of the soft stretchy fabric used.

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