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Video: Poppy Party Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, May 06, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking to add punchy color and whimsical texture to your next permanent botanical arrangement? The dramatic look of poppies just might be the solution you need! Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows off a gorgeous selection of silk poppies in this quick and easy video demonstration.

Vonda is working with the wholesale silk poppies from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – these beautiful pieces look like they were picked fresh from the fields, yet they maintain that lasting versatility designers love so much about permanent botanical solutions. She also uses smart silk foliage and accents, also available from Pioneer, to give this bouquet a full natural look your clients are sure to adore.  

Using the orange silk poppies, Vonda creates a bright and vibrant core for the heart of the bouquet. The deep red silk poppies are arranged toward the outside to create a subtle gradient effect. 

White silk delphinium is the next addition. Vonda places these toward the rear of the design, serving as a sort of elegant floral backdrop. Their tall tendrils of blossoms add height and shape to the overall composition. For a more specialized theme, Pioneer offers this lovely silk delphinium in a wide range of other colors as well.

Vonda uses wholesale silk foliage to round out the bouquet. Here, she uses silk lacy fern bush in a bold deep green color. Not only does this selection add incredible fullness to the arrangement, it also gives the bouquet a more natural look for that “fresh picked” feeling. 

Once all the components are layered approximately where desired, Vonda secures them together with a short length of floral wire. Then, she adjusts each individual element for volume and spacing. Once satisfied, she covers the floral wire with cream ribbon tied in a bow. The ribbon is a fantastic complement to the silk delphinium – a fantastic way to tie this bouquet together, both literally and figuratively.

You can find these amazing silk poppies, silk delphinium, and silk lacy fern all available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer can help you build up a diverse stock of wholesale permanent botanicals so you can build creative bouquets and floral arrangements for any occasion. 

Shop the complete Poppy Party Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWS2641GR Lacy Fern Bush 30”, Green
PWD2331CHK Delphinium Bundle X3, 31”, Chalk
GTP103REBC Poppy Spray X2, 28”, Red Brick
GTP103OR Poppy Spray X2, 28”, Orange

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Video: Haven Collection

Amy Lombardo - Saturday, February 09, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Soft colors can infuse any occasion with an atmosphere of warmth and calm. The gorgeous Haven Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale features a color palette of serene pastels – versatile and easy to coordinate. 

Are you looking for pastel inspiration? Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD showcases the Haven Collection in this quick video demonstration. Follow along as Vonda builds a bouquet using a small selection of wholesale silk flowers in this beautiful colorway.

Vonda begins the construction process by creating a base of foliage starting with silk eucalyptus in a light sage color. She adds silk maidenhair fern to create a trailing halo around the edges. 

Silk flowers from the Haven Collection are the next addition. You will notice that Vonda periodically stops to bind the bouquet with floral wire – this helps ensure the groupings remain securely in place. Vonda adds the blue silk hydrangea first and then binds her progress before making some subtle adjustments to the layout. 

Next is the silk cabbage rose in Vanilla Dream, followed by the Rose Quartz silk ranunculus. Her final additions are the silk green helleborus and silk sweet pea. She takes time to bind the arrangement between each grouping. Vonda has kept each color relatively close together, creating a wonderful color block effect. 

Once she has added all the Haven Collection silk flowers, Vonda binds the bouquet together one last time before trimming the stems for a tidy and even look. She wraps pink ribbon around the entire stem grouping to create a comfortable handle. The ribbon makes the rose quartz ranunculus really pop – feel free to get creative with your ribbon color choices to accentuate the color you want to emphasize the most.

After a little bit of fluffing and readjustments, Vonda displays the result – a fabulous bouquet that perfectly embodies the warm and serene look of the Haven Collection.

Explore the Pioneer catalog to find all the wholesale silk flowers used in this demonstration, plus so many more. 

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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. 

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#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. 

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#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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