Materials: Ribbon

As with the card in last week's post, I've decided to stick with written descriptions only for the ribbons, as this should give you a good starting point to work from when it comes to specific terminology regarding your wedding stationery. To see real examples, you should contact your stationer, or visit a craft shop, so you can get a feel for it

 

Ribbon

 

All the types of ribbon listed below are available in lots of different colours and widths. Unless otherwise stated, all ribbon types are prone to fraying; ends should be cut at a sharp angle to minimise the effect, or hidden completely if possible

 

 

Organza

Sheer, usually quite soft. Could be really smooth or have a slightly rough texture. Sometimes matte, sometimes slightly shimmery. Ties well, and good for bows at it holds the shape will. Can only be tied once, as the fabric is quite delicate and the fibres get distorted easily

 

Silk

Luxurious, with a beautiful texture (especially if it's 100% pure silk). Ties well, holds it's shape, and can be retied if necessary. Only downside is that this is an expensive ribbon compared to organza or satin

 

Single Faced Satin (aka. SFS)

Dense, opaque fabric that is smooth and glossy on one side with a rough, matte texture on the other. Best for laying flat on a card, unless you want to have the variation in texture as a design feature.

 

Double Faced Satin (aka DFS)

Dense, opaque fabric that is smooth and glossy on both sides. Ties reasonably well, although due to the shiny, slippery fabric, double faced satin bows are a little more difficult to keep tied than organza. As the fabric is more robust than organza, DFS can be retied is required, but it does crease easily

 

Hessian/Burlap

Popular for rustic themed weddings, this has a rough, often hairy texture, and is available almost exclusively in light brown

 

 

 

Canvas

Pleasant, coarsely woven texture, similar for Hessian/Burlap but not as rough and available in more colours

 

Grosgrain

Semi-shiny, stiff ribbon with a ribbed texture running across the width of the ribbon. Difficult to tie into a bow, but very pretty for adding texture to a design as a flat strip

 

Wired

Ribbon that has a thin wire running along the edges. This allows the ribbon to be manipulated into interesting shapes (and most importantly, stay there!) Most common as an organza, however almost all types of ribbon can be wired, but it's generally less common than un-wired ribbon. Wired ribbon is usually used by florists to create large bows that hold their shape well

 

Printed

Printed patterns or text can be added to most types of ribbon; however, as with printed card, this can be more difficult to ensure a consistent supply of, so inform your stationer of all the items you plan on ordering when you first order, so they can purchase enough to start with

 

Glittered

Glitter is sometimes added to ribbon of any type, however it's not altogether common. Like printed ribbon, it can be difficult to obtain

 

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