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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. 

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#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

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Video: How To: Finishing Bow Edges Part 1

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Beautiful bows deserve a neat clean finish. In this video from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, Susan Huelsman AIFD shows how to create a nice finished edge on a wired ribbon. 

Have you ever created a picture-perfect bow only to notice exposed wires sticking out of the end? Those little wires tend to poke and prod, even snagging on nearby materials and potentially messing up the entire project. 

Susan demonstrates a quick and easy solution. This will require your trusty wire snips – you won’t want to dull your nice ribbon shears on the metal. Susan simply pulls back the fabric of the ribbon, exposing a little more of the wire, and then snips the ends away.

After snipping the wire, she pulls the ribbon fabric back down to its original position. Now, the end of the wire is tucked neatly inside the fabric instead of poking out where it can cause trouble. This keeps the wire from poking anybody while still allowing the ribbon to hold its shape.

Are you working to build up your ribbon and bow skills? These finishing touches can make all the difference when building gift baskets, making permanent botanical arrangements, and decorating for events. 

Let Pioneer Imports & Wholesale help you stay stocked up on supplies so that you’ll have the right ribbon for any occasion. Pioneer offers a huge selection of wholesale ribbon – wired and unwired – in a fantastic array of colors, sizes, patterns, and materials.  

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

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Video: How To: Create a Satin Bow

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Working with satin ribbon requires a different approach compared to other ribbon materials. Those who are new to working with satin options will quickly find the surface is a little slippery, sometimes making it difficult to hold in place – especially when it comes to creating bows.

In this video demonstration, Susan Huelsman AIFD shares a few helpful tips and techniques that make working with satin so much easier. 

Susan begins by explaining the importance of a soft touch. As you are folding loops to create a bow, you want to keep a loose and gentle grip on each ribbon section you work with. The hand that holds the ribbon together is a different story – keep your fingers clenched nice and tightly over the center.  

As you work, the slippery satin ribbon will want to slide around. Keep your fingers moving, using a soft touch to fold the loops and tight grip to hold the center in place. 

The larger the bow, the less control you might have over the way the ribbon moves. If you need to create a large satin bow, take your thin flexible wire of choice and tie off the bow partway through. You can go back and keep adding more loops, stopping to secure your progress with the wire as often as you want. 

Working with satin ribbon gets easier with practice. Before you know it, you’ll be constructing stunning satin ribbon bows without a second thought. 

Once you feel confident working with satin ribbon you’ll want to use this beautiful material all the time, and Pioneer can help. Find wholesale satin ribbon in a wide range of colors and styles available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. 

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#2205-9-(Color) Double Face Satin Ribbon


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Video:How To: Centerpiece Design from the Royal Azure Collection

Orders Pioneer - Thursday, November 08, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Learn how to create a beautiful deep blue centerpiece using wholesale silk flowers from the versatile Royal Azure Collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD will walk you through the process from start to finish in this easy-to-follow design demonstration. 

Vonda starts by introducing the wholesale permanent botanicals that will go into the composition – silk delphinium in midnight blue, silk peony in steel blue, silk eucalyptus bush in blue, and a few silk hydrangea blossoms in goldenrod for standout appeal.

This arrangement centers around a ceramic compote base, already outfitted with a block of floral foam for the video demonstration. Vonda begins with the silk delphinium because of its wonderfully straight lines, standing as the tallest flower to give the arrangement height and focus. 

Silk wild peony brightens the perimeter. Vonda inserts the deeper blue silk blossoms to bring the color of the silk delphinium down through the centerpiece. Silk hydrangea in bright goldenrod offers energetic contrast and immediately draws the eye as a stunning focal point. 

Permanent botanical hydrangea foliage fills any gaps and simple swaths of moss cover the foam. Vonda wraps up the composition with sprays of silk eucalyptus bush in a dusty teal color – a fantastic way to bridge between the earthy greens and bold blues used throughout.

Explore the rest of the wonderful Royal Azure Collection, along with other versatile color palettes, by browsing the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide range of silk flowers, permanent botanical accents, and useful accessories like wholesale containers and ribbon. 

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#PWE1091BL – Eucalyptus Bush – Blue

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Video: How To: Use Double-Sided Ribbon

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Double-sided ribbon offers double the fun vibrant color. In this video demonstration, Susan Huelsman shows how to make super colorful bows that really capture attention using any double-sided ribbon.

The ribbon Susan uses here is a bold satin design – pink on one side and purple on the other. Susan begins by reminding viewers about the twist technique used to create basic bows. In this case, skipping that twist is the secret to showing both sides of the double-sided ribbon used here.

Susan demonstrates the process, following all the steps for a basic bow but leaving out the twist. The first layer of loops shows one side of the ribbon and the next layer shows the other. You can continue this process until you reach the number of layers you desire. Creating this bow is just as simple and straightforward as it looks. 

The result is a versatile basic bow with alternate bands of bright pink and purple. Finish the bow by tying it off as normal – now it’s ready to use wherever you need a cheerful pop of color.

Every great bow starts with great ribbon. You can find a wide selection of wholesale ribbon in a range of colors and styles available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. 

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 #16-2453-9-1024 Wired “Double” (sold out)

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Video: How to: Fast & Easy Shrink Wrap Plume

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Using a shrink wrap cap or sheet from the bottom of a gift basket is the easiest way to secure an arrangement of any shape or size. But what do you do with the excess wrap left at the top? 

In this quick video demonstration led by Susan Huelsman AIFD, learn how to create an impressive shrink wrap plume that looks neat and decorative. Susan has already secured this plume with a length of wholesale ribbon from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, ready for the finishing touch.

Susan simply takes the plume in hand and lifts it tall and straight, making sure to work any excess toward the top. She then takes a pair of scissors and trims straight across, setting the trimmed edges aside. Next, she spreads the trimmed plume and fluffs it out, taking care to create an even sense of size and volume from every angle. 

It doesn’t get any easier than that. You can find all the necessary supplies available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website - Pioneer offers a wide range of wholesale shrink wrap sizes along with wholesale ribbon in a wide array of colors and styles. Let Pioneer help you make gorgeous gift baskets for any occasion. Pioneer is your best source for gift basket supplies!

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Video: How To: Create A Double Layer Bow

Orders Pioneer - Monday, November 05, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Knowing how to create a variety of stylish bows is an essential skill for those who work in careers where decorative presentation matters. Whether you work with floral arrangements, gifts, or home décor, the ability to quickly create attractive custom bows will save you a tremendous amount of time and money compared to purchasing pre tied. 

Add another type of bow to your repertoire with this quick video demonstration from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale - Susan Huelsman AIFD walks through the process of creating a double layer bow, an easy design that offers dramatic visual impact.

To create this two-tone double layered bow, Susan advises creating the center of the bow first. She takes a length of linen ribbon and uses a basic bow technique to create a small and compact bow. Susan points out that the outer layer will need to be larger than the top layer, so it is important to make sure this initial bow remains a reasonable size. 

Susan cuts the ribbon once she reaches her desired number of layers. She trims the ribbon close to the bow, creating shorter tails suitable for central placement. 

A length of wire will secure the loops. Susan wraps this wire tightly around the center of the bow, leaving enough wire at the ends to attach the larger bow in a later step.

Using a length of contrasting yet coordinated ribbon, Susan begins constructing the second larger bow using the same twist-and-loop process as the first. You can create as many looped layers as you want, but Susan keeps things simple for this demonstration with a simple two loop design. Here, she trims the tails a little longer for a delightful decorative effect.

Susan completes the design by placing the smaller bow atop the larger one, using the remaining wire to secure both pieces together. Make sure to twist the wire well so all the loops stay tight and secure as you fluff them to your desired shape and level of volume. 

These double layer bows are a great way to maximize the use your ribbon supplies. You get a fantastic look without using much product - in fact, this is also a great way to use lengths of premium ribbon that might be too short to use for other purposes.

You can find both the linen ribbon and wired gingham ribbon used in this tutorial readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Explore the Pioneer catalog to explore your options - Pioneer offers a wide variety of wholesale ribbon in a range of colors, styles, and sizes. Pioneer can help you find the perfect ribbon for any purpose or occasion. 

Shop products from the video:
#ILN-9-(Color) Linen Ribbon (sold out)
#RD3834(Color) Wired Gingham Ribbon (sold out)

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Video: How To: Use Shrink Centerfold Roll

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

As the name implies, shrink wrap centerfold rolls are folded down the center, offering twice the coverage as single ply rolls – ideal for larger arrangements. In this video demonstration by Susan Huelsman AIFD, learn how to use the shrink wrap centerfold roll from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to securely wrap a large gift basket. 

As Susan points out, it is always important to select a wrap that will fit the basket you plan to prepare, including any contents that may protrude from the top. Susan has already measured the basket at 16 inches, so she has decided to cut the wrap at three times that length to accommodate the basket and edges. 

Cutting the shrink wrap is a little easier with the technique that Susan demonstrates. Make sure the wrap is nice and flat, and measure to the point that you want to cut. Make an initial snip and then glide your scissors straight through both layers to get a nice even edge. 

Once you have cut the appropriate length of wrap, open to unfold along the center. Susan shares a great tip to get rid of any static – simply wrap your hand in a dryer sheet and move it across the surface. 

Next, Susan places the basket in the middle of the open flat wrap. She suggests checking the fit one more time before proceeding. 

There are a few different ways to enclose the basket and contents. Once common method is to gather the excess wrap at the top to create a decorative plume.

For a cleaner look, take the wrap completely around the basket arrangement. Go from front to back, and then bring the other side to the midline. Add a piece of tape to temporarily join the pieces. Now you have a few options for the rest of the wrap – gather the excess on the sides like a large piece of candy or tuck it underneath the basket and secure with tape.

Once you have your wrap arranged the way you like it, use a heat gun to activate. Susan starts at the bottom of the basket, working her way upward with an even sweeping motion. Tuck and tape any excess wrap that remains afterward. 

The next step is to create a fun presentation with ribbon. Susan wraps the ribbon around the bottom and ties it off. She then removes the tape from the top of the arrangement now that it is no longer needed. She gives the basket one final pass with the heat gun before completing the bow. You can add other decorative accents like silk flowers if desired.

You can find all the supplies used in this video – along with a wide variety of accessories – available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer is your best source for gift basket supplies. 

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#HG-001 – Heat Gun

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Garland

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 22, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus garland from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is a great piece to use down the center of tables to breathe life into the décor of weddings, receptions, parties, and other events. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows how to make the most of this gorgeous silk garland. Vonda notes that, like any permanent botanical product, even the most beautiful pieces can be enhanced by leveraging existing strengths with a few smart display techniques.

Vonda begins by manipulating the garland – twisting and lifting the silk foliage for a more realistic and lifelike appearance. 

To make this silk eucalyptus garland look even more impressive, Vonda takes a second silk garland selection and lays it atop the first. She chooses to orient this second piece in the opposite direction to make the composition look even more full and lush.

Watch as Vonda takes time to interweave the two garlands together, overlapping sections of silk foliage to obtain an enhanced sense of volume. She works her way down the entire centerpiece to ensure uniformity before returning to give the middle section just a touch more height for a balanced and striking composition.

As you can see, a few extra seconds of care and attention is all it takes to make these silk eucalyptus garlands spring to life. 

You can find this silk Sydney eucalyptus garland – along with a wide range of other silk flowers and permanent botanical selections – readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let Pioneer help you find fresh and exciting ways to take your permanent botanical projects to the next level.

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#PWG1098GR – Sydney Eucalyptus Garland

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