Guide of Ribbon Terminology
With so many different types ofribbons to choose from, picking the right one for your project can betricky. This glossary of ribbon terminology will help you pick theperfect ribbon for your next floral design, holiday project, etc.
Simply click on a term below to learn more.
A man-made textile that is woven in wider widths (60") and then slitthrough a heat fused process into various widths of ribbons. Examples of this ribbon type are our Seamaid and #210 McGinley Mills Satin products.
Woven fabric with a raised floral or figured pattern emphasized bycontrasting surfaces or colors. Often made with gold or silver threads.Examples of this ribbon type are Chevette and Maggie.
A lightweight, sheer, soft, fabric made of silk or man-made fibers in a plain (non-patterned) weave.
Examples of this ribbon type are Lady Chiffon and Simply Sheer Asiana.
A ribbon that is slit to width from a broad fabric. The ribbon goesthrough a stiffening process, which enables the ribbon to hold a bow.The cutting process can be either slit with heat that fuses the edges(such as acetate) or a cold cutting process used to cut products such asour Veltex. Examples of this ribbon type are Velvette and Tux.
A woven fabric with elaborate floral or geometric pattern. The patternis distinguishable from the background by contrasting luster and isreversible. An example of this ribbon type is our Wired Edge Moonbeam.
A type of loom capable of weaving simple and mildly intricate designs.Most of our ribbons (satins, grosgrains, sheers and stripes) are wovenon dobby looms. Examples of this ribbon type are Tux and Grosgrain.
ribbon that is formed by forcing hot molten plastic through a flat diethat creates large thin sheet. These thin sheets are slit into narrowerribbon widths on a slitting machine. Examples of this ribbon type are Flora-Satin and Curling Ribbon.
Any ribbon that is woven with some type of design or motif in theribbon. In ribbon terminology, also a term used to describe patternsother than everyday basic plain ribbons. Examples of this ribbon type are Classic Tartan and Veronica.
A double face satin with fine loops or feathers along the edges of theribbon (sometimes referred to as picot-edge by the floral trade). Examples of this ribbon type are Feather-Edge Double Face Satin or Picot.
A ribbon with fine wire woven directly into the edges of the fabric. Also referred to as Wire-Edge Ribbon.
Examples of this ribbon type are Wired Revogue and Wired Gelato.
A fabric woven of dyed yarns that create a block or check effect. Examples of this ribbon type are Wired Jelly and Wired Breeze.
Pronounced "gro-grain;" a ribbon which has a ribbed texture and appearance across the width of the ribbon. Examples of this ribbon are Gino and Glitter Grosgrain.
Heat Transfer Printing:
A method of printing polyester ribbon in which a design is printed ontopaper and is transferred by heat and pressure onto the ribbon. Alsocalled sublistatic printing, it is great for long runs and intricatedesigns. Examples of this ribbon type are Wired Nevermore and Panorama.
A process of printing in which a dry foil ink is pressed onto the ribbonwith heat and pressure. This is economical for short runs and simpledesigns. Examples of this product type are Metallic Scroll and Wired Antique Key.
A type of loom that can produce very intricate designs. Examples of this ribbon type are Chevette and Maggie.
Small barrel shaped balls of narrow polypropylene ribbon that are woundwithout a spool or card so that they are hollow inside. Predominantlyused only in the retail trade.
A heavy lacquer applied to the surface of our ribbon giving it a3-dimensional look. It can only be made in white due to the OSHA andEPA regulations on lacquer. Examples of this ribbon type are Grosgrain Polka Dots and Wired Polka Dots.
A fabric woven with flat metallic threads of the tinsel variety. An example of this ribbon type is Wired Metalique.
Wire or monofilament yarn that is encased along the cut-edge of a slit ribbon with matching or contrasting thread. Examples of this ribbon type are Wired Noble and Wired Bell Ringer.
A ribbon that contains a Lurex yarn, reflective film or ink as inGlitter and Metallic Tone ribbons. Metallics are very hot and becomingmore so. Examples of this ribbon type are Wired Firefly and Wired Galena.
A type of loom capable of producing intricate designs in narrow widths. It is a cross between a dobby and jacquard loom.
A ribbon that has been mechanically finished to give a bright/dim watermarked appearance.
A man-made fiber used in ribbons and webbings. Nylon used in ribbonshas great shine and is not as stiff as polyester. It has a marketperception as being a lower grade ribbon. It is mainly used in thelingerie trade because of its softness. Examples of this ribbon type are Tulle and Simply Sheer Asiana.
Thin rather fine semi-transparent ribbon. Considered “sheers”. Examples of this ribbon type are Wired Encore and Lady Chiffon.
A ribbon with multiple warp and filling colors. Plaids must be woven ona special plaid loom, which can insert multiple filling colors. Examples of this ribbon type are Dublin and Wired HollyGold.
A type of fiber that is used in almost all of our ribbons. It is thebest quality ribbon. It has great colorfastness, will not shrink and isdurable. Examples of this ribbon type are Double-Face Satin and Wired Revogue.
A type of polymer (plastic) that is converted into ribbon. It comes inthe form of small round pellets and is melted together to form ribbonthrough the extrusion process. Polypropylene is used in the making ofBerwick’s popular Splendorette® and Flora Satin® ribbons. Another example of this ribbon type is Tru-Life Leaves™.
A ribbon, which has a smooth shiny appearance. In narrow ribbons, satinribbon can be single faced or double faced (shiny on both sides). Thebackside of the single face satin is usually referred to as the taffetaside. The term “satin” is actually a type of weave of which the endresult gives us the shiny appearance on one side and “flat” appearanceon the other. Examples of this ribbon type are Single-Face Satin, Double-Face Satin and Sea Maid.
A continuous process of printing in which wet ink is applied to the ribbon through a screen. Examples of this ribbon type are Anchor and Chevron Grosgrain.
A fancy ribbon, which has areas of monofilament yarn (like fishingline), giving a sheer appearance. Sheers can be woven to width and havea plain edge, monofilament edge or wired edge. Examples of this ribbon type are Simply Sheer Asiana and Wired Encore.
The process of joining two pieces of plastic or synthetic fabric ribbon together using pressure and sonic vibration. Examples of this ribbon type are SP Velv and SP Plush.
A lightweight, plain weave ribbon with a fine, smooth, crisp hand. Examples of this ribbon type are Wired Bistro and Wired Gelato.
A colorful, heavy, hand-woven or machine-made patterned or pictorial cloth. An example of this ribbon type is Wired Jos.
A fine machine-made net with hexagonal mesh. Most often, it is made from nylon. Examples of this ribbon type are Tulle and Sparkle Tulle.
A lightweight tape woven with diagonal lines. An example of Twill Tape is Holiday.
A piled fabric ribbon. In narrow ribbon, velvet is woven with the pileand is very slow to produce. This product is mostly used for apparel orindoor usage. In our Berwick line, we offer an outdoor velvet ribbon(referred to as “Veltex”), which is a polypropylene substrate withacrylic fibers (flocking) applied to one side, which results in a velvetlook and feel. This is only sold throughout the Christmas holidayseason. Examples of this ribbon type are Embassy and Veltex.
A ribbon that is woven to the width of the ribbon. A woven-edge ribbon has finished selvages, which will not unravel. Examples of this ribbon type are Double-Face Satin and Garbo.