Ribbon that is woven with a cut pile, in the same way as velvet. This weave and pile gives it a totally different dimension to the usual plain or satin weave;  velvet is much softer than petersham or grosgrain. The colour is also deeper and richer. The greater density adds weight so that ties and bows fall well.

The body and the slightly matte finish of velvet ribbon allows it to be used in combination with all kinds of heavier main fabrics, as insets, trimming, ties and decoration. With its light reflecting quality, a contrasting or complementary strip can work a little miracle, lifting a project that might be teetering on the dull side.

Velvet ribbon embroidery involves using fine velvet ribbon, usually silk , as thread, stitching it into the fabric to create very beautiful finely designed work.

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