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Video: How To: Design an Arrangement for Fall

Amy Lombardo - Friday, September 20, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Autumn is approaching and that means it’s time to start getting equipped with those seasonal permanent botanical essentials for those festive fall arrangements. 

Fall is a wonderful time of the year when the seasons change – and the color palettes along with them. In this video, Tom Bowling uses permanent botanical supplies from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to create a gorgeous arrangement using the dramatic colors and textures of fall. Follow along to create your own take on this fantastic accent to help your customers and clients into that autumn spirit.

The best part? This arrangement only requires a small variety of components. From simple and straightforward permanent botanicals comes an eye-catching result everyone will love.

Tom builds this arrangement within the elevated “Bam” bamboo basket. He notes that those who keep up with the interior and shelter magazines will have noticed these charming handcrafted baskets coming back into vogue. This one has been prepared with dry floral foam bricks and a perimeter of moss along the outside.

Wholesale wheat clusters are the first addition. Tom lays these in place, then pins them down for security. 

You will notice that when attaching certain pieces, Tom uses discarded pieces of stem from previous projects. This eliminates the need to cut a bunch of individual wires and makes it easier to create more compositions in a timely manner. 

Next, Tom begins to add selections of beautiful silk fern – the Hanging Spiny Wood Fern Bush from Pioneer. He makes sure these initial insertions drop over the edge to create an elegant “spill” aesthetic, taking advantage of the extra height this raised container provides. 

This spill invokes feelings of abundance. As a harvest season, this abundance is what that fall look is all about. 

He creates a short overhang of silk fern on one side and a long graceful spill on the other. He takes care to bring shorter pieces through the center to draw the eye across the entire arrangement, touching each component. 

Tom notes that texture of this wholesale silk fern selection is great, but in certain cases such a variety of complex shapes may begin to look a little busy. The silk sunflowers he adds in the next step helps provide a simple counterbalance for a nice even look. 

The wholesale silk sunflowers he uses next have tall strong stems, giving the arrangement a touch of exaggerated height. He points out that he is making these insertions in groups – this smart technique makes a stronger and bolder impression with whatever kind of component you happen to be using.

With sunflowers, Tom makes mention that each one has a “face”. When those faces are facing directly toward the viewer, it can cause the eye to stop and settle on that unique focal point. This is the reason he bends the stem of each silk sunflower so that the face is pointing upward. This keeps the eye moving across the piece so viewers can take in the entire composition to full effect.

Silk maple leaves, the next addition, serve as a fantastic color interest. Tom takes advantage of the longer stems to continue building height and then begins filling in any gaps in the arrangement.

And finally – nothing says fall quite like little pumpkins. Tom uses the wholesale artificial pumpkin assortment from Pioneer and begins decorating the composition with these charming little additions. While you can wire these in place if needed, Tom repurposes the trimmed-off portions of stems from this arrangement to create little stakes to hold each artificial pumpkin in place. 

This autumn permanent botanical arrangement is a breathtaking piece for fall events, interior design projects, window displays, and so much more – a quick way to get your customers and clients into the seasonal spirit. 

You can find each of the components used here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, everything you need to create arrangements for every season. 

Shop products from the video:
PWW3375CR Wheat Stem Bundle, x13, 21”, Cream
52147OG Pumpkin Assortment, x4, Dia.: 3.5”, Orange
PWS2412YL Sunflower Bush, x7, 17”, Flower Dia.: 4.5”, Yellow
PWM3051OGMX Maple Bush, x7, 20”, Orange Mix
PWWF3433YOG Hanging Spiny Wood Fern Bush, x5, 35”, Yellow/Orange
79181-00 “Bam” Bamboo Basket, 14.75x27.75”, Brown

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Video: Mix It Up with Elegant Ribbon

Christa Mele - 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

Christa Mele - 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

Christa Mele - 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

Christa Mele - 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

Christa Mele - 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

Christa Mele - 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: How To: Create a Basic Bow

Christa Mele - Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

If you work in a field that deals with decorative enhancements, the ability to create a beautiful bow is a skill that you are sure to use time and time again. An impressive bow is the perfect way to complete a floral arrangement, top off a gift basket, accent a centerpiece – and the list goes on. 

There is no better place to start than the basics. In this video from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, learn how to create a basic looped bow with a step-by-step demonstration by Susan Huelsman AIFD. This bow is exceptionally versatile and offers endless options for customization. With a little bit of practice, you will be able to create this easy bow in just seconds, ready to use whenever you need.

It helps to gather all supplies beforehand as Susan suggests. Because tying a bow is so hands-on, you certainly won’t want to stop in the middle to hunt down something you need. On the table in front of her is a pair of basic scissors and a pair of ribbon scissors – Susan advises investing in quality options since cheaper scissors will not provide the cleanest finish. You may also need a pair of wire snips. 

You will also need a strand of wire to finish each bow. This can be florist wire, 24-gauge wire, 26-gauge wire, chenille stems, or whatever you prefer. You will also want to have a length of your chosen ribbon unrolled and ready to go. 

Susan begins the construction process by making a twist and a simple loop. After looping, the “right” side of the ribbon should be facing you. She then does the same thing to create another loop on the other side of the center twist. She repeats the process – twist, then loop – to create two stacks of layers. Each layer is slightly graduated so that the lower loops protrude further than the ones above them.

Continue this process until your bow is as thick and voluminous as you want. Susan then undoes and recreates the bow to show the process again, making it easy to follow along. 

After creating a bow with the desired number of layers, Susan creates one final loop that will hang below. This loop will become the decorative tails once trimmed in half, so it is important to make each side of the loop the length you want your tails to be. 

Next, Susan takes a length of wire and wraps it around the center of the bow. She suggests wrapping as tightly as you can – keep twisting until the wire is nice and taught, ensuring that all the layers of ribbon will stay in place securely. This is where the wire snips come in handy, making it easy to trim any excess. 

Susan then takes the long tail loop, snipping it diagonally right in the middle. These angled ribbon ends are currently the most popular style, while the classic fishtail or chevron shape has grown less common. Use any tail end that you prefer or allow the overall look of your composition to decide which one will best serve the finished product. 

How you finish the bow is another matter of preference. You can leave the layers neatly stacked for a distinctive streamlined profile or pull the loops outward into a circle for a traditional voluminous bow. This step is the reason it pays to secure the center wire extra tightly so that nothing pulls free while you fluff and adjust. 

The result is a fabulous bow with long elegant tails, ideal for a wide variety of decorative purposes. As you practice, you might have fun experimenting with different variations on this basic staple. 

You can find the lovely ribbon featured in this demonstration, wired “Portland” ribbon in green, available through Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Explore the Pioneer catalog to see even more wholesale ribbon options – Pioneer offers a wide variety of ribbon in a range of colors and materials, both wired and unwired. Let Pioneer help you create the perfect bows to complete your next decorative project. 

Shop products from the video:
#X01054-40-586 Wired “Portland” Ribbon in Green (sold out)
Ribbon Shears
Floral Wire

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Video: Ribbon Tools

Christa Mele - 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
24 or 27 Gauge Florist’s Wire

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