The quest for the best gift bow is upon us. The rules are as follows; use only grey, black, white and purple; include organdie and embossing foil; be creative, be inspired and, embroidery is allowed.
You have 1 day to complete your task.
Four bow ties later and I was ready to give up for the day. My mind was literally crying out for me to stop looking at bows; to stop making bow, and for the love of all things glittery, to stop looking at bows!
The first I created as a tester, to experiment with shape. The second was combining embossing foil, with white print and purple thread. The third, black, white and grey came into play, along with some font and foil. The fourth bow was getting better; made from printed organdie with a purple foil backing and silver foil holder.
It wasn’t until after my tutorial with Keireine (a most welcome break) did I make the bow to surpass all other bows. A masterpiece made of white organdie, with a white printed font design; combined with colour pops of purple embroidery and wrapped safely in a silver foil holder.
I can’t take all the credit mind you, Keireine told me what she liked most about the other bows, which was the printed font pattern and gave me a few ideas on how to combine the colour pops and from there, there was a lot of finger stabbing and squinting.
I definitely think that the colour pops are ingenious. I can think of a few other ways of trying to add colour to the bow but none would have been as effective and good looking as embroidering a few random letters. The purple takes the bow into a whole other level of interesting. The colours work well with both of my wrapping papers, and while my roll wrap also had purple colours pops, these aren’t enough so that my sheet wrap looks like the odd man out.
Im really happy with my bow, and how this has made my collection process. I’m very happy with the direction it is going in and I can’t wait to see what feedback I get from the I/G visit coming up.
Next week is when we move into the more developmental stage of creating prototypes and thinking about how our designs will look on products.
Sometimes I can’t help myself, I see a picture and I just get super exciting and end up making gift bows! Which is exactly what happened the other day. While I was looking into ribbons and the different types you can get, I came across this crazy halloween gift bow that was just mad, it had loads of layers and furry stuff coming out of the middle, and I just wanted to make a little bow that had my designs on it …
It was pretty simple to make actually, I just chopped up quite a few strips of white organdie, clear acetate and one of my designs that was just sitting in my samples folder and started to glue, staple and stitch them together, and this cute little thing emerged.
The gift bow is an area I’ve been having difficulty with, I want it to fit in with my collection; so I want it to be quite modern and edgy but I just don’t think gift bows are.
So I started looking into different types of bow and I came across a picture of a bow tie, and I started thinking, wouldn’t that be a better approach, having a bow tie (with the elastic collar too) wrapped around a gift box?
I’ve been gathering images of bow ties, both for men and women, and have been looking at the different folds and materials, I saw a really cool one that was made from wire, it was just an outline of a bow … that still classes as a gift bow right?
I’ve also been thinking about hair bows, or just how scarfs are tied into bows, that could be a cool idea to explore, and then I would have both a more masculine and more feminine bow so that my collection will still connect with both markets.
Who knows? My mind wanders everywhere sometimes.