Last year I came up with a way to make roses for my Christmas gift wrap using velvet and foil ribbon.
To make the Gantt velvet rose you will need:
- Foil backed velvet ribbon
- Florist wire
- Button Thread
- Frog tape (green masking tape.
- Cut an 18" piece of foil backed velvet ribbon
- Cut a 24" piece of florist wire, fold it double. Leave a circle of wire at the fold about the size of a quarter. Twist the wire together
- Start at one end of the ribbon and coil it tightly with the foil side in. (4 to 6 inches of ribbon.
- Now start to turn over the top edge of the ribbon so that the foil side starts to show.
- Lay the coil flat on the table and sew the bottom a couple times to hold it.
- Working from the coil toward the other end and the foil side down, put 2 1/4" pleats in the ribbon. Sew through those with the button thread.
- Lay the "quarter sized" end of the florist wire into the folds
- Keeping the wire in place roll the ribbon tight to the opposite side of the coil. Make two more roughly 1/4" pleats. Sew through both sets of pleats making sure to catch the florist wire.
- Staggering your pleats so they are not directly on top of each other continue 2 pleats -roll-2 pleats-roll. (as you near the end you can make your pleats progressively a little larger. Of course you sew through each new set of pleats.
- At the end sew through the bottom until secure.
- Fold the edge of the foil out more and more to the end.
- With your scissors round off the end of the ribbon.
- Wrap the base of the rose tight with the frog tape
- Gradually wrap further and further down the wire to create the stem.
|"Frog" tape is wrapped tightly around the base of the rose 3 or 4 times|
|Gradually continue wrapping down the florist wire to make the stem|
My next post will show how to incorporate the roses into Christmas gift wrap.
I hope you found this useful. Let me know what you think.
It looks like I may be moving to a smaller studio sometime next year, so it is likely that everything will
be 1/2 off at the CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE -DECEMBER 1 & 2. Mark your calendar!