You need striped grosgrain ribbon, 23" per ornament. This is the hardest part of the whole ornament. It's not something that JoAnne's
around us, or the craft shops, carry in any variety. The one I used is about 1.5" wide. You also need silk embroidery ribbon in a color
to go with the grosgrain (cheap at JoAnne's), about 8 - 10" per
ornament, and some clear beads (I bought plastic, 4mm for the small,
and rondeles for the large -- could use a littler larger than the ones
I got.) Oh, and a chenille needle, or a size 26 tapestry, like for
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| For each ornament, cut 23" of grosgrain. Make a
small chalk mark at
1.5", and every 2" after that . Fold ribbon in half
cut a "V" into the end -- so it looks like this:
Press the silk
ribbon lightly to get the creases out (I didn't for the first batch,
and will now) Thread the needle with the silk ribbon. Make a
the silk ribbon, using a small knot. The loop is for hanging, and I
made mine about 3 fingers wide. Then, thread a small and a large
onto the silk. Put the needle through the ribbon at the first chalk
mark, put a large bead on the needle. Then thread the needle through
the grosgrain at the next mark, put a small bead on the needle. Keep
alternating ribbon, large bead, ribbon, small bead, making sort of
| After you come out at the last chalk mark, put a large, then
a small bead on the needle. Tie a small knot close to the beads.
then put the needle through the silk ribbon, and made another small
knot to make it a little larger.) Cut the silk ribbon leaving the
desired length of tail.
| Done ...