Hopefully this will give you some ideas so that you can go and make your own unique cockades!
1. Tail variations.
In Part 1 I chose to tuck the tails of the ribbon into a loop so that they don't show. Here are a few cockades where I left the tails dangling out.
|Two cockades with their tails left out. Both ribbons are|
1 inch wide, and the loops are 2 inches long.
|Closer view. I like the tails to separate, and they tend to|
want to stay stacked on top of each other (which is
another look worth trying).
|This one has the tails left out and every third loop is extra|
long. 1 inch wide ribbon with 2 inch long loops.
In this variation I've used a wider ribbon, but the length of the loops are the same: two times the ribbon width. A wider ribbon, of course, results in a larger cockade.
|An unfinished cockade made from 1 and 1/2 inch wide|
ribbon, with loops 2 times the ribbon width. This is a very
large cockade, measuring almost 6.5" across. The cockade
from the Part 1 tutorial is pictured for comparison.
In this variation I changed the loop length to one times the ribbon width. With the one inch ribbon, this made a wonderfully springy little cockade.
|The loops on this cockade are 1 times the ribbon width (so,|
1 inch here). It's finished with two brass beads stacked on
top of each other.
|This one looks great from the back, and would have worked|
equally well with the back as the front.
I made another cockade with a one inch ribbon, with two inch loops, but instead of attaching it to the felt, I stitched the loops to each other.
|Don't cut the thread after making the loops. Instead of|
stitching the loops directly to the felt, after pinning them
to each other (Step 5 in Part 1) stitch the loops to each other.
|This cockade is made from a massive 2 and 1/4 inch wide|
ribbon. The loops are 3 inches long (yeah, that's not really
a multiple of the ribbon width, but it worked for the look
I was after).
|The back side of this one also looks really great.|
|I stitched the smaller cockade on top of the bigger one and|
finished it with a brass button.
|This one also has a lot of potential on the back side (sorry,|
photo came out a bit dark).
|The unfinished cockade here is a 1 and 5/8 inch ribbon with|
1 inch loops (ok, I'm ignoring the proportions again). To the
back of it I've stitched a simple knife-pleated ruffle.
|This cockade is made from 1 and 1/2 inch ribbon with|
1 and 1/2 inch loops. The lower layer is loops cut and sewn
individually to the back, a total cheat to save ribbon.
I also attached the tails separately. It's finished with a