Wire-edge ribbon which can also be found as wired ribbon, is a very versatile ribbon to use in crafts. You can find the ribbon in craft and fabric stores or your local florist may have an ample supply. Wire-edge ribbon is most commonly seen in bows on floral arrangements or on fancy gift wrapped packages. You can find directions for bows throughout the Internet or try a book like Creative Bows Made Easy by the ribbon maker Offray. The ribbon is called wire-edge because a thin wire is encased along the edges of the ribbon giving it body and the ability to be shaped.
This is a rolled ribbon rose that is made by gathering one long edge of the ribbon. Do this by pulling out part of the wire along one edge and then gather. You then roll the ribbon along the gathered edge.
This is a gathered rosette and a folded rose. The rosette is made by sewing the short ends of a length of ribbon together forming a continuous loop, then use a basting stitch about one third of the way from one edge and gather. The folded rose is shown at the end of the article.
Here are a couple of different looks to the folded ribbon rose by using checked and plaid ribbon.
Here are the steps to make a folded ribbon rose:
Second, roll the pointed end to the inside as seen in the next photo.
Next, fold the long length of ribbon down as shown. Then begin turning the small end toward you.
Continue to fold the ribbon down as you continue to turn the flower. When you reach the end pinch the bottom to temporarily secure the rose. Most instructions I’ve found say to use floral wire to secure but I find it stays better if you take a few stitches with needle and matching thread through the bottom.
Here are a couple of quickie projects using the flowers and leaves I created. The great thing about the flowers is that they are quick and easy and can beautify projects taking something very simple and making it just a little bit fancy and elegant and maybe just a little whimsical depending on the print of the ribbon. Try adding a few to a basket, a pre-made purse or even a denim jacket.