Tying Flat Knots
So, I’m going to demonstrate this with 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon and my bottle of Crystal Effects. I often use a bottle (or a Stampin’ Around wheel) to tie my ribbon around. I usually do this if I’m going to hide the ends of ribbon between two layers of cardstock/paper. (BTW, if you use Crystal Effects, it’s good to tie around a 4″ panel; if you use your Stampin’ Around wheel, it’s good for a 5-1/4″ panel.) I find that it’s easier to use something solid to tie around (paper *gives* a little and doesn’t have enough mass to stay put all the time). Plus, by tucking end of ribbon between layers, I use less ribbon (yay!) and you don’t see the ribbon on the inside of your card (my husband HATES this).
Anyway, onto the tutorial. I’m a right-y, so I don’t know if that will make a difference.
I start with the ribbon still on the roll (you don’t have to guess how much ribbon you need). I put the loose end on the right, going around the back. The roll is to your left. Cross the loose end OVER the left side.
Then, tuck the loose end under the left side (that’s still on the roll). Make sure to keep the ribbon flat.
Now, do a half-twist of the end still on the roll. This will keep the half-knot for the first stage relatively flat.
And tighten. Congratulations, we’re halfway through! It’s nice to have a somewhat stiff ribbon, because it will keep its shape once you tighten (don’t you hate to keep pressure to keep it tight?)
Here’s what each side should look like if they were separate. The idea is to keep everything flat, remember?
Now for the harder part. Again, take the loose end (which is now at the top). Cross OVER the other end.
Then, tuck the loose end into the loop you just made. Keep the ribbon flat by folding under.
Now, holding the loose end and the flat, loose knot, pull on the end that is still attached to the roll. Keep pulling until you start to see the lumpy parts start to slip INTO the flat knot.
At this point, you will want to make a half-twist of the loose end (top edge toward you), while slightly pulling on the other end. This will encourage the lumpy parts to slip into/behind the flat part.
Now, you should be able to tighten from both ends and the knot will stay flat. I have about a 90% success rate with this method. I’ve tried the 1/4″ grosgrain, 5/8″ grosgrain, 1-1/4″ striped grosgrain, taffeta, and last year’s double stitched grosgrain and poly twill with equal success. Sometimes, it will still bunch up; just undo up to the halfway point, shift the knot slightly, and try the last stage again.
Here’s the finished knot.
Hope this helps you create successful knots, also!
The above is a copy of the original post. Now, for updates. I forgot to show you the back side of the knot:
As you can see, the “ugly” part of the knot is on the back, and the flat (“pretty”) part is on the front.
You’re also wondering why it was necessary to do a half twist of one side at the end. Well, I thought if I used the double-sided satin ribbon, you can see the rationale.
As you can see, the half twist made the same color of the ribbon visible on both sides; otherwise, one side would be vanilla and the other kiwi kiss.
It’s kind of cool; I bought a box of chocolates from Godiva (well, more than one anyway, hey they’re for gifts, really!). Their knot looks pretty much like how I figured out how to do them:
I’ll update this page if I discover something new. 🙂