Saturday, April 20, 2013

Grosgrain Fringe Tutorial

I'm excited to share my Grosgrain Fringe Tutorial with you today.  I guest Blogging over at the  Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings BlogAnd I have card to share with you over there to.  So if you haven't been there yet, be sure to check it out.

Now for the Fringe Tutorial.   All you need is 2' of Grosgrain ribbon any width.  I used 5/8" White and Black Grosgrain, but you could use any color or width, depending on how long you want your fringe.  Even if you use the 1 1/2", you could always cut the fringe to the length you want.  And if you only have white, you could color it with Distress Inks or any Mister.  Grosgrain ribbon takes color really well.  You could even color it with Copics.

 Grosgrain ribbon is sealed on both edges.  So to start, you have to trim off one of the edges.  It doesn't have to be perfect because you won't even notice the varying lengths of the fringe once you finish it.  Just try to stay as uniform as you can.

Then, while holding the ribbon taut between two fingers (very important otherwise the ribbon will gather making it harder to remove the strands.), using your fingernail, try to separate 6-8 strands from the bottom of the ribbon and pull out and up.  It's important to pull away from the strip as you pull up to make it come apart easier.  I do this until there's about 1/8" left of the weaved part of the ribbon.  It's up to you how much of a base you want to work with.

Here's what the fringe looks like.  I wanted you to see that you don't notice a difference in lengths of fringe, even though my cuts weren't perfect.

Then I just use a heat gun and roll it up on itself.

Now, to make a flower using this fringe, you'll need 2' of 1 1/2 " wired ribbon and a 1 3/4" felt Circle.

For the flower base (this is Wired Faux Burlap Antique Gold...I used Natural Burlap with Wired Edge Silver/White for my actual flower), I pulled the two edge wires out from one side of the ribbon and tied them together.  I then pulled the two wires from the other side and gathered the ribbon, tying those ends off too when I had the gathers where I wanted them.

I then glued the two wired edges together every inch or two and hot glued them to the 1 3/4" felt circle.

Then just add some hot glue to the center and place your fringed piece in the center smooshing it down really good.  Don't worry about being gentle.  You want it to move out a bit, so scrunch it good.


You can spread out the fringe a bit and add an embellishment to the center, or leave it as is.  It's up to you which you prefer.  For this flower I used the fabulously fun 1 1/2" Black Houndstooth Ribbon.

That's it for my tutorial.  Now head on over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings Blog to see the card I made using this fringe.  This stuff is way too fun, and oh so easy!!

 Thank you so much for stopping by!
Happy Creating!!



Angella D. Crockett said...

Wow, this is way too cool!!!! Thanks for inspiring me once again!!!!

Marisa said...

These are lovely. Wonderful tutorial too!

Donna Ellis said...

Oh, Tosh, these are wonderful ideas! Thank you for the tutorial! hugs, de
{Creative Smiles}

Cards By Jan said...

Wow Tosh...this is awesome..and looks so easy...what a great way to make a beautiful flower!!
Thanks & Hugs

Taheerah said...

This is such a great tutorial!! I am pinning this right now!!

Pauline said...

Wow, Tosha, that's brilliant! I would never have thought to do this! Thanks for sharing!

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