One thing you should know before getting started and that is you have to understand tension. Tension in most hand work projects is very important and is something that comes from patience and practice. If your tension is off it can make a big difference in the outcome of your work.In this tutorial I will try to tell you where your tension is most important and hopefully this will help you along. Another thing I suggest is to read though the tutorial first and then go back to follow the steps.
You will need:
- One A5 journal ( you can make it bigger but for a project like this a smaller book is better.)
- Double sided sticky tape
- craft glue
- a sharp pair of scissors
- 3 different colours of ribbon (you can use any amount but 1 colour will make it boring and 3 is an easy colour to start with.)
|Here are my tools, I used white as my base colour and |
pink and orange for the contrasting.
|On the inside cover of the book, paste 3 strips of double sided tape.|
Make sure there are not any pages stuck to the cover. Do the same
on the back cover of the book
|Put a strip of double sided tape down the spine of the book. |
Do not pull any of the backing off just yet
|Using your base colour, measure your ribbon to the length of the |
book from the top to the bottom leaving one inch extra
on both ends.
|Layer the ribbon about 1 inch onto the top strip of double sided|
tape.Peel only as much tape as you need. Layer the ribbon next to
each other, as close as you can, all the way across the top of
the inside cover as close as possible
|This is how it should look when it is done.|
|Now starting on the side of the journal, choose your first colour.|
Peel off a little of the tape and start layering your first colour.
Measure it to the other side of the book , all the way
around and cut it an inch longer
|With your next colour, keep layering all the way to the end.|
This is how it should look.only the inside of the front cover will
be completed in this way. The inside of the back cover should be lined
with just the white ribbon along the top.
|Peel a little tape and layer about one inch of a new cut piece|
of tape over the last piece of ribbon,
|Lay the book sideways which will be easier to work on.|
|to make it easier for you, leave the roll of tape inside the cover and |
this will slightly elevate the cover and help keep the tape on the
inside from sticking to the pages.
|choosing one colour, gather up all the strands of that particular|
colour and pull them towards you.
|Use your thumb to keep the ribbon in place while working.|
|This is how it should look by the second white ribbon.|
|This is how it looks when you have finished the first side.|
Now we start on the spine of the book.
|Peel a little backing away from the tape on the spine.|
|This is a side view of the spine. There will be no white in the spine |
so try not to let any of the book show through.
|This part is optional. You can trim all the excess ribbon off and place a |
small piece of tape just in the center , along the edge of the inner cover.
|Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to tie the book and secure|
it to the piece of tape. Do the same on the other side. This will be used
to tie the book closed although it can be left off.
|Now using your craft glue, make a small layer of glue around the|
edge of the inside cover. I like to put two pieces of double
sided tape in the center. Close the book and the glue will stick to the first page,
concealing all the loose ends.
|There you have it. If you followed the instructions properly then |
you should have a ribbon woven diary that resembles this one.
|Or even this one.|
I hope that I have made this easy to understand but please leave a comment if you need any asistance. Thank you for following so till next time...Chow!