Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Roses are blooming

I finally finished editing the video tutorial for the Ribbon Roses! Yay! Good news right? Bad news is that the video is long. Almost 40 minutes. It had me perplexed, since I can at this point, tat one up in like ten minutes. I must have recorded myself a dozen times making these in different colored and sized ribbon. I was literally down to my last spool of gauzy ribbon when I was able to get a good recording of the process. No kids interrupting every five minutes, no losing my lighting and my camera going all wonky because of it. I will admit I recorded with my cellphone's camera because my regular camera went elsewhere and didn't leave a note.

I was all excited as I transferred the files to my laptop. As I began to open Windows Movie Maker to do the actual editing, it was gone. The icon's still there but when I click on it, I get the "program is not found please reinstall" message. Come to find out, it was phased out in January of this year. WTF? I can't re-download it to use it. Now I have another program on my computer for video editing, but it is the most basic. I can't trim clips or add subtitles (FYI's and other random titbits that I wanted to add instead of voicing over). I wasn't about to drop $70 for video editing software either. I went back to the cellphone and found a program that was similar to W.M.M. in the Playstore. I do have to add that I don't care for the background that auto-generated in the video when it was finalized. I love that it allowed me the freedom to edit and change everything else that I wanted.

I was able to finish editing everything in half a day. I was trying to find ways to decrease the play time without cutting out information. I think if I would not have done a slowed down version of how I normally tat, I could have made this a 15 minute tutorial. Then I thought that I couldn't really call it a tutorial if I didn't show the entire process. I did not create a catalyst for the rose, it is just how to make and shape it. I also added a couple of pictures at the end to show how the same technique can be applied to make other flowers like this water lily:

The wonderful thing about this technique is that there is no actual stitch counts. What?! Why is this good? Well it allows to you join wherever you need to, to be able to create each petal. This gives you creative freedom to literally make any flower you can imagine. Now there are some minor limitations to this. The width of the ribbon used determines the size of the flowers final size & shape. Also the wire can be a pain to keep out of the way when you first begin. I was reminded of my early days of tatting, when I began with a needle, and had to fight the the tail of thread. Why not just load the wire on a shuttle? You can't. You need constant access to the other end of the working wire for joining,.


  1. Wow, that's very clever, thanks for showing us how it was done. I'm glad I found this on a Sunday when my internet works well enough for me to watch a video. I can see that the technique is very flexible. Hmmm. Food for thought.

  2. Great demo ! Beautiful flowers - love the water lily/lotus you have here.
    Thank you so much for sharing this - it's going to be a hit :-)

  3. Great demo, love the ribbon flowers, very nice idea using ribbon and certainly makes something very usual