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Video: How To: Finishing Bow Edges Part 1

Christa Mele - 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.  

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Video: How To: Create a Satin Bow

Christa Mele - 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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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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Video: How To: Use Double-Sided Ribbon

Christa Mele - 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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Video: How To: Create A Double Layer Bow

Christa Mele - 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. 

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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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Video: How To: Floral Hoop with Eucalyptus

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

Floral hoops are one of the most exciting trends transforming the landscape of wedding décor. They make fantastic centerpieces, brilliant hanging decorations, and serve as an on-trend alternative to traditional bouquets for brides and bridal attendants. 

Learn how to create a gorgeous yet super easy hoop-shaped bouquet with this quick video demonstration lead by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. This design uses permanent botanicals readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – a versatile faux silver dollar eucalyptus bush and realistic silk rose in a soft cream tone – but you could adapt this design to use any faux flowers or foliage from Pioneer. 

This design starts with an ordinary embroidery hoop that you can purchase at any craft store. These are especially useful because they are available in such a wide variety of sizes, suitable for any purpose. 

Vonda begins by layering sprigs of faux eucalyptus around the hoop, starting at the hoop screw and radiating outward. Matching green floral wire secures the faux eucalyptus on both sides. Vonda takes a moment to fluff up the eucalyptus for a fuller and more realistic appearance before moving on.

Silk roses are the next addition. She starts with the largest silk flowers near the center and continues with progressively smaller ones along one side, with each stem trimmed accordingly. More floral wire secures these silk roses in place. 

To finish the piece, Vonda wraps a bit of cream white ribbon around the hoop screw, coordinating with the silk roses and giving the entire composition a clean and professional appearance. If used as a bouquet rather than a decoration, the ribbon also gives the bride or bridal attendant something comfortable to use as a handle. 

The result is a sleek and stylish permanent botanical bouquet with a contemporary twist. The power of this design is its simplicity – easy to create with just a few ingredients, and easy to customize to suit any style of event or occasion. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find all the permanent botanicals used in this video demonstration along with useful accessories like wholesale ribbon and decorative accents. Pioneer has everything you need to create distinctive pieces just like this one. 

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus & Hoop Design

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

Floral hoop designs are a modern and stylish mainstay used in many parts of a wedding. These distinctive accents are so quick and easy to create – and the customization options are truly endless.

In this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI, learn how to create a simple hoop-shaped centerpiece using gorgeous permanent botanicals. This design starts with an exceptionally versatile base of silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Vonda begins with a simple plastic hula hoop, the kind that you can find in any department store toy aisle. She has taken the time to wrap the hoop in white satin ribbon before the video. You would normally cover the entire hoop with ribbon, but Vonda has left the bottom exposed to show that any kind of hoop can be used.

The handsome “Woodland” rectangular planter from Pioneer will serve as the centerpiece base. Vonda wedges small blocks of floral foam between the hoop and the planter to ensure a snug and secure fit. 

After the hoop is secured into the planter base, Vonda begins attaching the silk eucalyptus around the body using one full garland to start. You may need to trim the garland or use more than one piece of garland depending on the size of your hoop. 

Vonda has trimmed another silk eucalyptus garland into smaller pieces to complete the base. She gently slides each one into the floral foam, radiating outward from the center. If you do not have enough garland to conceal the foam, consider adding some other type of cover like moss.

There are so many ways to customize this centerpiece. Here, Vonda completes the design by hanging four natural touch silk calla lily stems from the top of the hoop. This draws a lovely rich eggplant color into the arrangement along with a bright pop of green. Experiment with other silk flower or foliage options for a bounty of inspiration.

You can find the silk calla lilies, silk Sydney eucalyptus garland, and “Woodland” rectangular wooden planter all available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website – along with a diverse range of other permanent botanical and silk foliage options to suit the theme of any event. 
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Video: How to: Fun Silk Floral Design from the Verve Collection

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Bold colors instantly elevate the energy of any event. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD demonstrates how to use the vivid Verve Collection color palette from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to create a gorgeous permanent botanical centerpiece that immediately catches the eye. 

First Vonda introduces the Luxe glass vase, a wonderful mercury glass container in bright turquoise. This piece has already been fitted with a block of floral foam for the video. 

This composition is made up of silk flowers in three colors from the Verve Collection. Vonda begins with silk wild peony in dramatic calypso pink. Next, she adds the realistic-looking silk hydrangea in a deep rich teal. Goldenrod silk cosmos complete this exciting take on the primary color trio. 

You might notice that Vonda used a bold color blocking technique, keeping each of the color selections grouped together. 

To break up the roundness, Vonda adds an artificial succulent based on the air plant tillandsia. This helps lighten the profile shape and creates a little extra visual interest. The tendrils peek out nicely from between the large silk blossoms – take time to adjust as needed.

Explore the rest of the bright and colorful Verve Collection in the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Here, you’ll find the vase and wholesale silk flowers used in this video along with so many others – and all the accessories you need to create stunning permanent botanical arrangements for every occasion. 

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#PWS1060GY – Tillandsia Succulent Pick – Gray (Sold Out)

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Bouquet

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 01, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale perfectly captures that rich organic look that so many brides ask about.  

In this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI, learn how to build an elegant custom bouquet that takes only minutes to create. This design is perfect for displays, decorations, for larger groups of wedding attendants, and other situations where you might need a gorgeous high-quality design that takes almost no time to put together. 

For this project, Vonda uses three of the premade real touch silk rose bouquets – available wholesale from Pioneer – along with the silk Sydney eucalyptus bush in lovely dusty green. 

Vonda removes the ties from the silk bouquets before joining them together as one voluminous grouping. She takes trimmed sections of the silk eucalyptus and creates a collar around the bouquet itself. You can see how the addition of the silk eucalyptus immediately enhances the profile and color palette of the arrangement for an unforgettable composition.

Experiment with different combinations of the silk Sydney eucalyptus bush with other silk flower designs to see exactly how versatile this selection really is. Silk eucalyptus is a fantastic starting point for bouquets that are quick, easy, and exceptionally beautiful.

You can find the supplies used in this video within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website, along with a wide variety of other silk flowers, silk foliage, and accessories like wholesale ribbon and dazzling accents. Let Pioneer help you make standout arrangements for any type of event.

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