I searched online and could not find any clear information on how to make them so decided to write this quick tutorial. To my knowledge there are two types that I know of I have step by step illustrations below. There are also flowers you make by gathering the ric-rac.
Ric-rac rose 1
Have a needle threaded with cotton the same colour of the ric-rac
Depending on the size of the ric-rac you will need between 8 – 12 inches ric rac
Fold over the end (about an inch)
Interlace the “V”s of the ric-rac
Roll the ric- rac tightly about 3 or 4 times until the end is tucked in. This forms the middle of the flower
I found it useful to put a few stitches in the base of the flower at this stage.
Continue rolling the ric-rac around the flower fairly tightly twisting every second V of the ric-rac
Do this 4-5 times. If the flower slips in your hand add a few stitches at the base as you go.
Continue rolling the ric-rac around a few more times NOT twisting the V. This forms the outer petals of the flower which you can ease out a bit once it is stiched so they look as if they are in full bloom.
Second type of Rose
Using about 16 inches of ric-rac fold it in half and interlace it.
From the fold in the ric-rac roll it tight 3 or 4 times and put a few stitches in the base of the flower to hold it firm.
Wrap the ric-rac around the flower another 3-4 times holding it together with the odd stitch at the base
When you have a good flower middle continue wrapping but twist the interlaced ric-rac. These twists create the outer petals so do it for two or three rounds of the rose.
Stitch them down at the base as you go.
Trim the ends fold under and stitch them in place
You have a ric-rac rose!
Hope the tutorial is useful. Thanks for reminding me Jo as I have not made these things for over 25 years!