Before discussing the ease and difficulties of fraying ribbon, here are two examples of frayed ribbon. I first learned about frayed ribbon at a Stamp Club. I have to say that Gretchen Barronis the queen of frayed ribbon. She has done some absolutely beautiful samples with frayed ribbon. These examples are definitely inspired by some of her work.
Fraying Ribbon can be extremely easy or a huge PAIN in the BUM! It doesn't have to be the later. Once you know how easy it can be, you will enjoy it. The big trick is finding that one little thread that unwinds the entire ribbon.
Step 1: Cut the Ribbon with a blunt cut across (i.e at a 90°Angle to the sides).
Step 2: Tease out the first thread.
If this is "THE THREAD", it will unravel the entire ribbon until you stop pulling on it. It is unbelievable how easy it. The picture below shows what it will look like if you were able to catch the right thread.
Sometimes you run into knots. Like when you are getting a snarl (AKA rats nest, knots, etc.) out of your hair.
When these knots occur, you want to tease the thread out again. The pictures below give you an idea on how to do this.
Once you untangle the knot you can continue to pull. Sometimes you just can't catch the right thread. I have found it easier to start the entire process over again, by cutting the ribbon a little further down.
I hope this little tutorial was enlightening and that you are off to fray some ribbon!
Happy Creatin' !