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Cotton Ribbon - Cotton can be made into a variety of ribbons. When use in small percentages, the results can be very nice. However, most ribbons with high cotton content are extremely stiff and difficult to work with. 

Grosgrain Ribbon - Ribbon with small ridges in it, as opposed to satin, which is smooth and shiny. True vintage grosgrain is made from quality rayon is soft and forms a beautiful bow. Click here for our selection of vintage grosgrain ribbon. Another similar type of little known, but charming, ribbons has extremely wide ribs. We have a limited supply of this unique ribbon. We call it Ribbed Sateen

Nylon Ribbon - Nylon ribbon, generally, will not strip well (color cannot be removed). Consequently, color cannot be added through the home-dye process. When burned, nylon will melt and produce a caustic smell.

Ombré Ribbon - A ribbon that gradually changes from one color to another. This variegated type of ribbon is excellent for roses and especially for pansies. Ombré ribbon can be created by using multiple layers of dye on ribbon that is wet or moist. Instructions in Dying to Have Fun! Tricks and Tips for Adding Color to Ribbon instruction booklet. Click here for our selection of French wire-edge ombré ribbon.

Over-Dye  - A light colored ribbon can be over-dyed with a darker color.

Picot-Edge Ribbon - Vintage picot-edge ribbon is generally soft and pliable and beautiful on both sides. Picot ribbon can be found in such ribbon as taffeta, satin or grosgrain. Delicate loops span each edge of this unique ribbon. Click here for our selection of vintage picot-edge ribbon.

Polyester Ribbon - Ribbons made from polyester, in general, will not strip well (color cannot be removed). Consequently, color cannot be added through the home-coloration process. When burned, polyester will melt and produce a caustic smell.

Rayon Ribbon - A fiber made from cellulose (generally wood) by passing an appropriate solution of it through spinnerets to form filaments. Sometimes called acetate. Cellulose is the chief constituent of the cell walls of plants. The German word for rayon is Kunstseide which translated, means "imitation silk." When burned, rayon will smell similar to burning wood.

Satin Ribbon - Smooth and shiny ribbon. If woven with rayon fibers, this ribbon is also soft and pliable. Rayon ribbon is easy to strip and re-dye into beautiful variegations of colors. Some vintage satin is double sided (shiny on both sides). Click here for our selection of vintage satin.

Silk Ribbon - Silk ribbon is just about extinct. It is very difficult to find. Dyes and silk fibers make a splendid marriage! We have no silk ribbons currently in stock.

Stripping - Removing the color from ribbon. Must be a ribbon woven with a natural fiber such as rayon, silk or cotton. Use Rit packet of "color remover." Follow directions on the package. Do not use bleach because the caustic chlorine chemical may disintegrate these natural fibers.

Taffeta Ribbon - Vintage taffeta is crisp, yet silky and soft. Vintage taffeta is a real find for the ribbon purest. Both sides useable and beautiful Click here for our selection of vintage taffeta.

Virgin Ribbon - Ribbon in it's original vintage color, prior to stripping and re-dying.

Wire-Edge Ribbon - The best readily available wire-edge ribbon is made in France and is 100% rayon. Many popular craft stores sell wire-edge that is polyester. Beware! Although much cheaper, this ribbon cannot be over-dyes, does not "crinkle" well and produces a stiff, very plastic looking flower. However, it's not too bad for making ribbon art leaves.


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