Basic Ribbon Cockades for Your Everyday Revolutionary Cause


Good day to you, my revolutionary friends.
I don’t know about you but recent events have found me rather in need of a bit of
spirit. What better way to give a small dose of pride to your everyday wardrobe
than by donning your colorfully symbolic ribbon cockade? From Jacobite Scotland to
revolutionary France, cockades and varying styles and colours have been a
must-have accessory to show off your strongest political loyalties; and as
American midterm elections rapidly approach, today I shall be making a
ribbon cockade of my own in white, purple and gold: the colors of the American
women’s suffrage cause because is there ever not a good time to chat about equal
rights? I’m going to be making a two-tiered cockade, with the inner and
outer rosette layers in white and purple grosgrain ribbon. The centre will be
finished off in gold with a passementerie button. This I just
strategically dyed from white with a bit of watercolor, which surprisingly works
much better than you might think so long as it doesn’t need to get wet. To
begin, I’m just folding one end of the grosgrain under, so that the raw edge can
be hidden later. Then I’m just pleating the ribbon into a circular shape like so,
ensuring that the inner corners of each pleat meet at the center. Each is held in
place with a pin so that ultimately you end up with something very much like a
dangerous-looking snowflake. [heroic music] When I get to the end, I make sure to
fold a bit of excess ribbon back so that it covers the raw edge at the beginning. I’m then cutting it off and folding this raw edge under, but alternatively you can
leave a little length for a tail. Then it’s time to stitch it all down
into place, starting from the finishing end and working my way in, the pleats are
secured with a casual whip stitch. No need to go all the way up and down the
length of each pleat. I’m just tacking down the inner ends to
hold them all into place. [heroic music] Once the stitching is complete and the
pins have been removed, I’ve taken the first rosette to the iron to give it a
good press. Now I’m ready to add the second tier. It would probably be easiest
to have the second ribbon double the width of the first, so that you can just
make two rosettes in the same manner and then stitch them together; however since
the shop didn’t have a 1 inch wide ribbon in the right shade of purple, I’ve
decided to pleat it round the edge of the white rosette. There are infinite
examples of construction and style evident on cockades throughout history:
from pleating to gathering to looping, single or double tiered with tales or
without, so fear not: I don’t believe there is an incorrect way to make a
cockade, so long as it’s round and maybe at least a little ruffly. Once again, these pleats are pinned into
place, the raw edge is concealed with that excess bit of tail. Then everything
is stitched down, just as I did the first time. With this layer however I’m
ensuring to catch the pleats down as well as attaching the purple edge to the
white base, so that everything is nicely secured together. Once I’ve finished
stitching, I’m just going to use that same thread to add the center button,
lining it up into position from the front, I can then go in and stitch it
down from the back, quickly attaching it into place. And with one final press, I now have a
lovely little cockade to wear proudly in honor of our brave sister suffragettes. Whatever your revolutionary cause, I do hope you found this video useful and I
wish you all good fortune in taking down the monarchy, or the patriarchy, or just
anarchy in general. Needles at the ready, my stalwart stitching friends. [heroic music]

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