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ABOUT the RIBBONS
Inspired by the selection of flowers that I grow in my garden (and sell) and the local flora of the nearby countryside, I want to capture some of the colours of each fleeting season in a range of beautiful hand dyed silk ribbons, perfect for bouquets and for styling.
Everything is carried out by hand in my garden studio: from extracting dye from the plant material (flowers, leaves, roots and bark) and dyeing the silk, to cutting, finishing and packaging the ribbons. I use mainly plant material from my garden or the countryside but, in order to produce a wide range of colours, from sustainable online sources too.
Hand dyeing with natural colours is not an exact science: processes may be noted in detail and recipes may be followed, but the plant’s location, the time of year, the water content in the plant, etc. can all help yield different results. Consequently, each batch of hand dyed silk ribbon is a limited edition and unique. It should also be noted that there may be some colour variation along the length of the ribbon, this is due to the natural dyeing process and is not an error – this is what makes each ribbon individual and gorgeous!
The ribbon colours are often complex and can be difficult to photograph as the natural plant dyes seep into the silk and often take on hints of other hues in different lights and at different angles. The textures of each type of silk also offer variations in shade as each one takes up the dye differently. That is the beauty of silk! I take photographs in natural light for colour accuracy, and do try to describe the colours accurately, but please be aware that the colours shown on your computer may be slightly different to that in real life – but they are all beautiful!
Four different types of silk are used (habotai, mousaline, noil and velvet), and the ribbons come in various widths and lengths – see each item for individual prices and details. Sizes are approximate due to the handmade nature of the manufacturing process. Postage is calculated at check out, depending on your location. The ribbons come hand rolled onto custom wooden dowels, wrapped in tissue paper and securely packaged.
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Address: Birchgate Close, Winlaton, Blaydon-on-Tyne, NE21 6BS