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Video: Mix It Up with Elegant Ribbon

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for ways to stretch your wholesale ribbon investments? In this quick video, Susan Huelsman AIFD offers one easy and effective tip you can start using right away. 

When creating a bow to finish up a project, it can be tempting to reach only for the higher-end options in your toolbox. But sometimes that might not make sense for your budget. The good news is that you can still achieve that quality look without spending much money by pairing top shelf ribbon with more economical options. The result is a glamorous bow that looks expensive at only a fraction of the cost. 

Pioneer offers wholesale ribbon at every price point, and in a wide range of styles – many of which look fantastic when paired together. Susan offers a few suggestions in this video. She starts with a beautiful bow built with #9 ribbon from the Trends Ribbon Assortment in white, a cost-effective choice.

Then, Susan shows how you can take this bow to the next level with just a small amount of premium ribbon. She shows how nice the Trends ribbon looks alongside the wired Anisha ribbon and Paron ribbon. By adding just one or two loops of wholesale premium ribbon, the bow becomes an impressive statement piece that can enhance any gift basket or decorative accent.

Are you excited to expand your collection of ribbon so that you can always create the perfect bow for any project? Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog and take advantage of a wonderfully diverse selection of designs for easy mix-and-match creations. 

Shop products from the video:
#SRT044 Trends Ribbon Assortment, Whites
#22-1569-40-(Color) Wired “Anisha”
#22-4044-40-(Color) “Paron”

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Video: Mix it Up – Cork Ribbon

Orders Pioneer - Friday, November 30, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The best way to get the most value from your ribbon investment is to select styles that easily mix and match together. Just a handful of different ribbons can create hundreds of different looks, offering easy coordination with any project that might come up.

One especially versatile design is the “Corkey” ribbon from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD demonstrates just one of many gorgeous pairings possible. This wholesale cork ribbon is made from strips of real cork laid over a backing of fabric, constructed with wired edges for voluminous body and excellent control.  

Susan quickly demonstrates how nice this ribbon could accent a bottle of wine, mentioning that it could even be used to decorate a box or package for a high-end presentation factor.

Next, Susan shows how you can take this ribbon up a notch. She simply adds a bow made from the “Corkey” ribbon to a bow made from the wired “Rodessa” ribbon. You’ll note how the cork color brings depth to the rich merlot red while drawing out the gold accents.   

These designs are both fantastic Mix It Up ribbon options. You can find both – and so much more – available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a tremendous selection of wholesale ribbon options to help you build up your collection so that you can stay ready for anything.
  

Shop products from the video:
#22-4117-9-825 Wired “Corkey” Ribbon
#X01115-9-094 Wired “Rodessa” Ribbon (sold out)

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Video: Pull Bows with Pizazz

Orders Pioneer - Thursday, November 29, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Do you have a pull bow design that you really enjoy, but wish there were more ways to use it?  In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD shows how to transform even the most ordinary pull bow into an attention-worthy piece you can use anywhere – even as the focal point for a decorative arrangement. 

To begin, Susan finishes the pull bow as normal. She ties it tightly, then winds a piece of florist’s wire through the front to the back. 

Next, Susan begins creating a second bow. She selects a length of beautiful wired ribbon and begins constructing a standard bow. She starts with loops that are slightly wider than the pull bow and continues to make each loop larger than the last. You can keep building loops until the bow is your desired size.

Susan attaches the pull bow to this newly constructed bow, using the remainder of the florist’s wire to anchor the two pieces together. She ties everything off and fluffs out the loops evenly on each side. 

The result is a completely upgraded bow, a nice upscale piece that you can feel proud to add to any basket or decorative arrangement. Experiment with different types of ribbon, different colors and patterns – the possibilities are endless.

The Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog offers a wide range of wholesale ribbon styles, many perfect for bow combinations just like this one. Let Pioneer help you build a diverse inventory of ribbon that can take your bow-making skills to the next level. 

Shop products from the video:
#PF9(Color) Pull Bow 1.5”
#x01048-40-(Color) Wired Hatley Ribbon

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Video: Mix It Up with Sheer Ribbon

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Mixing and matching different types of ribbon is a great way to create a lot of fresh styles without a very big investment. In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD encourages experimenting with bold combinations. She calls this a “don’t be afraid” segment – don’t be afraid to get creative. 

Susan starts with a beautiful #9 “Encore”, a wholesale wired ribbon from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. On its own, this is an extremely versatile design that is inexpensive enough to use every day for all types of projects. Paired with other types of ribbon, it makes a very effective enhancement that looks great with anything.

Bold, bright, unusual patterns are an especially popular upcoming trend. Susan uses a vibrant “Bloom” ribbon from Pioneer as an example. She pairs the “Encore” ribbon with just a couple loops of this higher-end satin to great effect. 

Using inexpensive sheer ribbon as a mix-and-match basic makes it easy to create large and dramatic bows that have a premium look without using up all your premium ribbon. Susan ends the video by adding the finished bow to a spa gift basket – it makes such a beautiful addition and enhances the entire composition. 

You can find these two ribbons along with so many others available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Pioneer offers a huge selection of wholesale ribbon in a wide variety of colors, materials, and sizes. Let Pioneer help you build up your collection of ribbon so that you can mix-and-match a spectacular bow for any occasion. 

Shop products from the video:
#16-94624-9-(Color) Wired “Encore” Ribbon
#16-2595-40-99 Wired “Bloom” Ribbon (sold out)

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Video: Mix It Up with Value & Elegance

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD shows how you can combine different ribbon selections from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to elevate your bow creations.

Susan begins by introducing a handful of Trends Ribbon Assortments – useful ribbon collections that serve as fantastic building blocks for a variety of bow styles. Each assortment includes six different bolts of #9 ribbon that go great together and with other ribbon styles. Here you can see two different sets in metallic and gold, along with a nice assortment of white ribbons off to the side. 

You can see the versatility of each ribbon with Susan’s quick demonstration. She takes a bow made from #9 ribbon and shows how well it pairs with the wired “Envy” ribbon in both silver and gold. Then she shows what it would look like with the bold Anisha shantung ribbon as well. 

Or, you can go straight for a truly high-end look with the tapestry “Paron” ribbon – a sophisticated pairing for elegant projects.

The end of the video shows a quick slideshow with each combination as completed bows.  

Do you want to build up your stock of ribbon so that you can always have the perfect bow for any occasion? Let Pioneer Imports & Wholesale help. Pioneer offers a range of wholesale ribbon in individual rolls as well as pre-coordinated Trends Ribbon Assortments. 

Shop products from the video:
#XRT056 Trends Ribbon Assortment, Metallics
#XRT050 Trends Ribbon Assortment, Golds
#SRT044 Trends Ribbon Assortment, Whites
#X00010-40-(Color) Wired “Envy” Ribbon
#22-1569-40-(Color) Wired “Anisha” 
#22-4044-40-(Color) “Paron”

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Video: Mix It Up With Texture

Orders Pioneer - Monday, November 26, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Want to make your high-end ribbon last longer? The useful Mix It Up video series from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale shows how you can maximize your stock of ribbon by creating distinctive mix-and-match bows for every occasion. 

In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD gets adventurous with two very different wholesale ribbon selections from Pioneer. She begins with the gorgeous #9 “Lexie” ribbon – a versatile option with strong texture and radiant gold thread. Just a few loops of the “Lexie” ribbon creates a fantastic starting point for a brilliant custom bow. 

Susan decides to pair the gold ribbon with a bright white #40 ribbon. This wholesale ribbon, “Franisha,” is crafted from soft linen with gently frayed edges. She loops this ribbon together a few times and adds the gold ribbon on top. After anchoring the two bows together with a length of floral wire, this nice bow is ready to use anywhere! 

The result is a lovely bow with a super-soft yet elegant look. This look is perfect for a spa basket, or for any occasion where you want to underscore a sense of comfort and warmth.

Not sure whether two ribbon types would look good together? Just try it! Mixing and matching is all about experimentation. If you don’t like the result, simply take the bow apart and use the ribbon for something else. 

You can find a wide variety of wholesale ribbon styles – including those featured in this video - available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Let Pioneer help you build up your stock of ribbon so that you can always make the perfect bow to match any project. 

Shop products from the video:
#22-3996-40-(Color) “Franisha” Ribbon
#X01001-9-(Color) “Lexie” Ribbon

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Video: How To: Upgrade Your Gift Basket Look

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

A bow can completely change the presentation of a gift basket. Make sure the theme and intent of a gift basket shines through clearly by choosing the right bow style to complement the contents within. 

In this video, Susan Huelsman AIFD demonstrates three examples using wholesale ribbon and bows from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. These finished bows represent “good, better, and best” options. 

Susan begins with a lovely little pull bow. This is the type that you would normally wrap around a bottle of wine or small basket, a simple and subtle enhancement. Susan takes it up a notch by adding a #40 ribbon to the back – a nice way to bring out the green colors of the gift basket contents. This is a nice starting point, a solid “good” choice sure to improve any arrangement.

The next bow takes things into the “better” territory. Susan showcases a beautiful hand-tied bow that starts with a #9 linen wholesale ribbon over a #40 gingham. It’s a great style that looks expensive without costing much for materials. 

And finally, Susan brings attention to the “best” bow option using a gold-threaded #9 Lexie bow over a base of spectacular #40 burgundy Hatley ribbon. This bow looks elegant and fabulous, great for executive gifts. When presenting a luxury basket, anything less than the best could take away from the overall impact. 

You can find the ribbon selections featured here available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide variety of ribbon styles at every price point. Expand your collection with wholesale ribbon from Pioneer to make sure you always have the tools to create the best bow for any project. 

Shop products from the video:
#3209ST Stained Willow Tray Basket
#PF9(Color) Pull Bow 1.5”
#22-4361-40-533 Wired Willow Ribbon (sold out)
#ILN-9-(Color) Linen Ribbon (sold out)
#RD3834(Color) Gingham Ribbon
#X01048-40-(Color) Wired Hatley Ribbon
#X01001-9-(Color) “Lexie” Ribbon

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Video: Ribbon Tools

Orders Pioneer - Monday, November 19, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Working with ribbon can be a tricky operation. Bows are especially involved, requiring a certain level of multitasking to hold the ribbon in place while building loops and negotiating with cutting tools. 

In this video from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, Susan Huelsman AIFD suggests a list of useful tools to have at the ready whenever you embark on a bow project. 

Making sure that you have all the necessary equipment on hand means that you won’t have to stop in the middle of a complicated bow to hunt something down. Because building a nice bow is a two-handed job, setting the bow down in the middle often means that you’ll have to start all over again.

Susan describes how to build your toolkit around a few important staples. Scissors are at the top of the list – Susan suggests spending the extra money to get a good high-quality pair. The sharper the scissors, the neater the cuts and the less fraying during the process. These will become your primary ribbon shears.

It will be helpful to keep a second pair of scissors around as well. These could be cheaper or already well-used, since you’ll just be using them to cut any paper stock away from new rolls of ribbon or other supplies. You don’t want to dull your primary ribbon shears on anything except ribbon.

Cutting wired ribbon will require a pair of wire cutters. Susan notes that you might want to add a pair of snips to the mix as well, so you can enjoy better accuracy when cutting narrower styles of wired ribbon.

To round out the list, Susan offers a reminder to keep florist wire with your bow-making gear. You can use either 24- or 26-gauge standard florist wire, or maybe some pipe cleaners or chenille stems. 

You may encounter other useful supplies as you progress on your journey to learn more bow styles, but this list is a great place to start. You just might find yourself getting even more excited to build beautiful bows because you’ll already have all the supplies gathered right within reach.

Let Pioneer Imports & Wholesale help you build up your collection of gorgeous and useful ribbon. The Pioneer catalog includes a wide variety of wholesale ribbon styles in a spectrum of colors and patterns. With Pioneer, you’ll be able to create the perfect ribbon accent for any project or occasion.

Shop products from the video:
#32-02826 Wire Cutters (sold out)
Ribbon Shears
Snips
24 or 27 Gauge Florist’s Wire

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Video: Mix It Up with Patterns

Orders Pioneer - Friday, November 16, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Bold patterns and bright colors always find their way back into current design trends. Knowing how to work with ribbon that stands out from the rest is a skill you’re sure to use time and time again. Don’t be afraid to try unconventional combinations – you just might be surprised by the results. 

In this quick video, Susan Huelsman AIFD demonstrates a very creative ribbon pairing using wholesale ribbon selections from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Susan has started with a bow made from wired #40 satin ribbon in floral silk. She layers it over a short section of a wired #40 shantung plaid ribbon to give the combination a little extra pop. And the result is impossible to overlook! You can see how the oranges and greens echo the colors in the floral print while the addition of bright blue extends the spectrum of color for an exciting effect.

This playful combination can bring tremendous personality to any wreath, gift basket, or other project. The options are truly endless. 

Susan also includes a few suggestions for finishing the ends. You can do a modern angled cut or simply roll the edge for a neat finished look. You might experiment with different end styles to see which one best matches your project.

You can find both ribbon selections available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide variety of other wholesale ribbon styles as well, spanning a range of colors and materials – perfect for building a diverse stock of ribbons to mix and match for any occasion. 

Shop products from the video:
#162594-40-99 Wired “Cabrillo” (sold out)
#22-4175-80-99 Wired “Meadow”

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Video: How To: Finishing Bow Edges Part 2

Orders Pioneer - Thursday, November 15, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Even the most well-made bow is never quite complete without giving a little extra attention to the ribbon ends. Tidy ends ensure the composition looks neat and finished – and helps to reduce the risk of fraying and raveling. 

In this video tutorial, Susan Huelsman AIFD demonstrates one quick and easy method that looks fantastic. But first, she mentions that a simple rolled edge generally works just fine. If you don’t have the time or the proper equipment for other methods, a rolled edge looks nice and helps weigh down the ends of the ribbon.

The other alternative is a nice angled cut. This gives the ribbon a lightweight and professional-looking finish. Simply take your sharp ribbon shears and cut across at a neat angle. Match the other end of your ribbon to the piece you just cut to make sure both are even.

If you are working with a wired ribbon like the one in this video, you may need to take a moment to complete the ribbon end using your pair of wire snips. 

Exposed wire tends to poke, prod, and catch on nearby fabrics. This is easily remedied. Just pull back the fabric to expose more of the wire, use the wire snips to trim it away, and then pull the fabric back down. Now it’s neatly encased within the fabric. 

You can never know too much about working with ribbon. Knowing how to create your own brilliant bows and accents can take any project to the next level. Let Pioneer help you practice – Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a wide selection of wholesale ribbon in a spectrum of colors, patterns, and styles. 

Shop products from the video:
#X01024-40-(Color) Wired “Portland” Ribbon (sold out)
#32-02826 Ribbon Shears (sold out)
Wire Cutters

Shop other ribbons here.

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