the crowning feature that sits atop each design that you work so hard to
available in wired, non-wired, and pre-made formats, and in one color
and striped patterns made from polyester, silk, and sheer materials.
purchased through manufacturers, suppliers, warehouse clubs, retailers,
and online sources.
can be compared to shoes: women designers insist that they can never
have too many. Thatís true, but there's a caveat.
You can buy as much ribbon as
you want as long as you have a system in place to keep your precious rolls
designers need not feel overwhelmed with the choices when selecting the
first ribbon rolls. There is a method to the buying madness. This page
aims to help you unravel any problems that may occur as you plan your
WHAT ARE THE CHOICES?
is separated into the following categories:
Styles - wired, non-wired, pull, stick on
Sizes - from one-half inch to four-inch rolls
Patterns - one color, multi-colored, stripes, dots, flowers, stars,
hearts, and more
Material - fabric, satin, silk, polypropylene, sheer, organza, lurex
Other ribbon types: curling, raffia, wraphia, tulle, punchinello,
with other design components, you must buy ribbon with clients in mind.
The themes you expect to create will guide you through the selection
process. For example, if housewarming, baby, and corporate designs are
planned, ribbon for corporate and housewarming may be similar, while
ribbon to celebrate new births will have a decidedly different pattern.
HOW MUCH TO BUY?
to 12 rolls in a variety of sizes and styles gets you off to a great
patterns will be a good choice for multiple themes. That tip will help to
streamline your purchase.
rolls do not include curling ribbon (shown at left) and raffia. Consider buying 6-10
curling ribbon rolls in primary colors (red, green, blue, and yellow) as
well as gold and silver. Do not invest in raffia until you have a
specific use in mind (green themes, men's baskets, etc.).
WHERE IS RIBBON
most-common places to buy ribbon are from wholesalers and suppliers, the
firms with large assortments and great prices. However, there may be
other suppliers in your area selling beautiful patterns, such as retail
craft stores and warehouse clubs. Take your time
in choosing where to buy before making your initial purchase.
Carefully select your inventory, looking at all of your options
beforehand and creating a buying list on paper. Be sure to look at the
number of yards on each roll to calculate how much each yard costs
before making the first bow. There are big differences in the price per
yard for rolls containing 10, 25, 50, and 100 yards.
HOW IS IT STORED?
suppliers sell spool holders, which are usually reserved for curling
ribbon rolls. Look for available supplies in wholesale and supplier
catalogs as well as on their Web sites.
Storage containers, rain gutters, and other non-traditional items are
used by designers worldwide to store their ribbon in organized fashion.
IS IT BETTER TO MAKE MY BOWS, BUY PULL BOWS, OR USE A BOWMAKING DEVICE?
you can decide the best method for you to convert spooled ribbon into
beautiful bows. Everyone loves the look of hand-tied bows,
but making these bountiful toppings are a challenge for some. That
leaves pull bows and bows made with a bowmaking device (Bowdabra, for
example) as two
alternatives that make a gorgeous focal point for your masterpiece.
suppliers sell pull bows in beautiful styles. These bows are not
only great for those who are "bowmaking challenged" but also for adorning
lower-priced designs that donít qualify for large, multicolor, hand-tied
about ribbon and bowmaking at Retail Wraps
how to make a
bow at Gift Basket Video
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