Ribbon Lining

  • Requirements:

  • 1 goose egg cut in half horizontally.
  • 10 meters of 1cm wide single sided satin ribbon
  • Cut ribbon into 4 cm stripes and press into an arrow shape. (see above picture)
  • Starting with one half of the egg, make a mark in the very center of the egg.
  • Glue first piece of folded ribbon in position at the top of the mark (12 o'clock) pointing towards the middle with thick designer glue applied across the fold and not the point.
  • Glue the second ribbon at 3 o'clock facing and touching the center mark again.

  • The third ribbon is glued in at 6 o'clock and the fourth one at 9 o'clock.Now you should have four ribbons glued in facing the center mark evenly positioned at each quarter.

    Repeat the last three steps again leaving a 2mm gap between the first and second layers. Now a gap will have started to appear between each group of two layers.
    Glue the next ribbon between 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock overlapping the original and about 3mm from and facing the center mark. Repeat for the remaning three gaps.

  • Now glue a ribbon on top of the one you have just glued in again leaving a 2mm gap.
  • These two sets of layers now form the basis of rows. Extending out from the center keep these rows straight as you continue with the following sets.

  • Glue a ribbon on top of positions 12 - 3 - 6 and 9 0'clock then on the inbetween positions.

  • Repeat last step.

  • Now you may find it easy to lay out two piles of four ribbons and one pile of eight ribbons on the table so that if you get distracted talking or by the telephone you will be able to work out where you are up to by what is left on the table. If you get totally confused then count each ribbon on each ow to work outif you have finish a row and which row you are up to.

  • You will now have four ribbons on each position.
  • Now you have to glue a ribbon in the new gap just created, again facing the center. There will be eight gaps so this will use your pile of eight ribbons.

  • Next row will be at position 12 - 3 - 6 and 9 o'clock again.
  • Next row will be between 12 and 3, 3 and 6, 6 and 9, 9 and 12.
  • Next row will be in the eight inbetween gaps.

  • Repeat last three steps until you you are starting to overlap the edge of the egg.
  • You may have to skip some parts of the rows now as you reach and overlap the sides of the egg.Once you have filled and completely covered the egg's interior you can stop and trim off the ribbon which is over the edge of the egg.

  • Edge with a loopy braid.
  • Repeat for other half of egg.
  • Hinge two halves together and trim as desired.

  • FromTerry.......
    1 meter = 39.37 inches. So almost 11 yards.
    1 Centimeter = 0.39 inches (a little better than 1/3 inch)
    So, I would get 1/4" ribbon for a small egg and 1/2" ribbon for a larger egg. Remember if you are going to use the smaller ribbon, you will need a longer piece to cover.

     original copy from Wendy Andrews

  • YOU CAN FIND MORE how to, step by step information
    with pictures about ribbon lining in the
    January/ February 2001 issue of
    "The Eggshell Artist"
    published by Gary LeMasters at: