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Circular Ribbon Flower Redux

There seems to be a good response to the circular ribbon flower, so I wanted to share a variation that I came up with for a project recently. This flower can be made with one strip of ribbon, or two, for a fuller effect.

This is a beauty shot of the single layer flower, which I’ll cover first. Begin with a strip of ribbon or fabric, 3″ wide and 18″ long. (Referring back to the earlier post, this proportion is six times the ribbon width.) Press creases into the strip to divide it into six equal parts. On each section of the ribbon, cut petals, as shown. You can free hand this, making the shapes, as you desire them. The cut is an exaggerated “Z”-shape. Now, sew the ends of the strip together. Fold the seam in half. Fold the edges of the strip up, to make the “W”-shape, referred to in the previous post. Whipstitch the “W”-shape closed. Fold the subsequent creases in the ribbon, into the same-shape, and whipstitch them to the previous one. When you finish sewing the last unit, join it to the beginning one, forming a circle. Fluff the flower, lifting the petals out so they stand away from the flower as shown. If you feel this flower isn’t full enough for your purposes, you can do one of two things. You can make a circular flower without cutting the petals, for the center-this is shown in the photo. The burgundy center flower is made from a 2″ wide ribbon. An alternative is to make a smaller version of this flower to fill the center. This is a photo of what I’ll call the double circular flower. The strip you will cut for the center of the double circular flower is 2/3 the width of the original…

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  1. mami50 | | #1

    HI Kenneth ,

    Thank you for learning a beautiful flower, waiting for your next lovely brooches, akesoria fabric., You are wonderful, good man, and a great Article.

    Best wishes.

  2. cloudyhn | | #2

    What a beautiful piece of works you are sharing to us. Nice and tender ... I love it. I'm a hunger and waiting for more ...

  3. Zemfira | | #3

    Gorgeous! I admire your talent, Kenneth.

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    debit | | #4

    I am delighted that you are sharing your "creations" with us. You are wondrous,
    Thank you,

  5. MaterialThing | | #5

    Your circular ribbon flowers are too gorgeous! They are fabulous embellishments with many, many applications. Thanks for so much inspiration!

  6. pisces23 | | #6

    super nice and elegant ribbon flower..thanks for
    sharing to us your expertise...

  7. msbyrdt | | #7

    Beautiful, I thank you, for your clear instructions. I can not wait to try it. You're inspirational, ...thanks again.

  8. sew4mary | | #8

    The technique is beautiflully and clearly illustrated. And KK is the tops in technique and clarity.....but, I do not like the flower...it looks like a wad of scarf and not a flower to me. Guess it looks more like modern art and I am a traditionalist. Still, I did enjoy the mental journey into the construction and am thinking of the unusual technique and how else it might be used.

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    SandraC | | #9

    love, love, love. Thank you for all you do for the creative community.

  10. jazzybunny | | #10

    Please allow this file/instructions to print! I would like to save it so that I can follow the pattern offline.

  11. kimsidlehands | | #11

    This is so fabulous! THere are a lot of applications for this. I agree with sew4mary that it is more modern than traditional, but what a great idea.

    Thank you for all you do. You are terrific!

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    VictoriaNorth | | #12

    If you click "view all" first and then print, you should have no problems. Please let me know if this continues to be an issue.

  13. waikanapu | | #13

    This is a gorgeous flower and would like to try my hand at it but when I click on the print button I only get one page. This is with all projects.

    I'm to this site. Could someone please tell me how to print this and more>

  14. sandysewin | | #14

    To Sew4Mary who didn't care for the flower, I wonder if you cut the petals in more of an "S" shape, rather than a "Z" if you would like it better. I think it's the spiky petals that make it look too modern; the curved edges might look more traditional.

    Think I gotta get 1 1/2 yards of 3" ribbon and try it both ways! Thanks for the great ideas, I'm a sucker for a clever technique. :-)

  15. amy123 | | #15

    That is a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL flower, and I can't believe it can be done so easily. Thank you so very much for sharing with all of us about how to make it. I am trying it right now.

    Waiting for your next post....

  16. waikanapu | | #16

    Thank you Vicky for your advice as to how to print. I had tried the "view all" before and since. It is still is not working. I need to cut and paste into word and then delete everything I don't want. Very time consuming. Could this problem be caused by the fact that I am using Firefox?

  17. SerendipityMuse | | #17

    @ waikanapu: Yes, it's likely a Firefox issue. Try another browser (just about any other one will do), and see if that fixes it.

  18. alexandra4617 | | #18

    Really beautiful and creative. I love it.

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