Ribbons are present wherever we look in our daily lives: on clothes, home décor items, and as decorations and celebrations. Their colours often are the symbols of social causes. Ever since the human being started making cloth – whether for decorating or dressing people – , there have been ribbons as well.
What do we know about the origin of ribbons?
There is proof that in the Middle Ages peddlers would go all around Europe selling ribbons to ornament clothes and make them look prettier, luxurious.
In the XVIIth century, ribbons had a major role in fashion, and were applied onto men’s and women’s clothes and accessories like gloves, or hats. With the Industrial Revolution, when looms were developed like the Dutch loom or Engine loom, it was possible to make six different types of ribbons at the same time, with just one operator supervising everything. Expansion in the production of ribbons made it now easier for common people to ornament their clothes, and traditional costumes were enriched with plain or braided ribbons in various colours, lace ribbons, ribbons with beads, and so many other varieties still present in our days.
Embroidery has ah long history that goes as far back as Ancient China, during the Shang Dynasty, as reflected in a recently published article in Issue No. 7 of Blonda Bordana managzine. The first samples of Chinese embroidery that have reached our times are Eastern Turkistan clothes from the Tang Dynasty (618-906). Embroidery with ribbons started in France, and extended to the rest of Europe.
Joseph Heilman, from Alsatia, invented the first embroidery machine in 1828. It was then possible to produce volumes of embroidered pieces. However, embroidery by hand is still an art many people love, like in the old times.
Whenever we want to embroider with ribbons we will need several types of needles, to thread and embroider, in addition to a measuring tape, special embroidery scissors, tracing paper, pins, a frame, the fabric on which we will embroider, and ribbons in various sizes, colours and textures. Some of the most suitable ribbons for embroidery include satin, grosgrain, jacquard, taffeta, organdy, and metalized.
Embroidering with ribbons is a very old technique, but it is easy, and fun. You can embroider any kind of fabric, with all kinds of ribbons, though you will need to choose the right ones for the stitches you plan. Jacquard ribbons or print fabric are good ideas, as you can use the print as part of your design. Results are unique in each project, and will reflect your personality.
In the new Jacquard collection, Spiral by Safisa has created a full range of possibilities to inspire your embroidery projects. All of these new products can make the basis of an embroidered pattern with relief, as in the pattern with flowers and a bird perched on a branch, where both the flowers and the bird stand out. The whole image will, of course, enhance the beauty of whatever we choose to create. Jacquard ribbons are great for traditional costumes, shawls, or even elegant party gowns.