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Definitions


Braid

A weave of multiple fibre strands

China Knot

Also named ratstail, polyester rope, nylon rope can be made from nylon or polyester.  A thin tightly woven cord around 2mm thick

Cord

A line made of twisted fibres or threads

Cut Edge

Ribbon with a scissor cut edge which has also been heat sealed as part of the cutting process to prevent the fabric fraying.

Double Face

Yarn woven with two warps to simulate a double satin construction. Has satin on both sides i.e. unlike single face satin it is shiny on both sides

Garland

A decorative detail representing a wreath or other arrangement of flowers, leaves, fruit etc

Gingham

A plain woven cotton or synthetic fabric with a pattern comprising checks or plaids. Available in a variety of colours and pastels against a white or ecru background.

Grosgrain

A thick textile with a very tight weave and narrow ribbing creating a ridged texture

Herringbone

A twilled fabric with a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way to meet at a point

Jacquard

A fabric with a woven or knitted design

Mesh

A knitted or woven fabric of open texture that can typically be seen through.  Can comprise wired or fabric strands.

Ombre

A multi-coloured variegated design

Organza

A sheer nylon fabric constructed in plain weave and smooth finish.  Soft textured and easy to tie it is the ideal low cost way of wrapping gifts and making bows.

Petersham

A saw-toothed thick ribbon similar to grosgrain with a snake-like thread

Picot

A series of small embroidered loops forming an ornamental edging

Plaid

A pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours.  Also see Tartan

Poly Raffia

A synthetic version of raffia palm fibre which ships in a continuous length [unlike the natural product which is short cuts of various lengths] and can be used as light cordage.  Delivers a very strong,  rustic and natural looking tie.

Ratstail

Also named china knot, polyester rope, nylon rope can be made from nylon or polyester.  A thin tightly woven cord around 2mm thick

Ric Rac

A flat narrow braid woven in zigzag form commonly used as a trimming for clothing or curtains

Saddle Stitch

Ribbon which has a staple stitch along the edges

Satin

A smooth fabric of silk or rayon with a glossy face and a dull back

Satin Edge

A ribbon with a satin finished edge for a more luxurious look

Shot

A ribbon woven with two different coloured threads thereby displaying colour variations when the ribbon is twisted.

Single Face

As per the definition of satin above single face satin has one shiny and one dull side i.e. it is single faced

Swiss Dot

A small dot motif where the dots are typically raised and evenly spaced and offset as on a domino tile.  Dots can be single or multi-coloured

Tartan

A pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours.  Also see Plaid

Taffeta

A smooth woven fabric made from silk or synthetic fibres with a lustrous or shiny surface on both sides. It has a subtle horizontal ribbing effect which provides lots of body.

Variegated

Differently coloured zones in the fabric as in one colour running into and changing into another.  Also see Ombre.

Velvet

A woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are very evenly distributed, with a short dense pile on one side for a distinct feel and a smooth back

Wire Edge

A ribbon with a spun yarn or filament edge covering a thin wire thereby delivering a finished look to the ribbon.  Because of the introduced stiffness of the wire this enables the ribbon to  stand up making it ideal for making bows

Woven Edge

A ribbon with a spun yarn or filament edge delivering a more finished look to the ribbon. The edge may be in the same colour as the ribbon fabric or in a different colour e.g. gold or silver.

 

 

 

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