Weft and Warp
All weaves have a weft and a warp. The weft is the snaking part of the weave and the warp is the mat-like part. In grosgrain ribbon, the weft is heavier than the warp, which makes the overall effect on the ribbon raised, or ribbed. Grosgrain is a plain weave, which is basically a balanced form of ends per inch and picks per inch; in other words, a kind of repeated hashtag weave. Grosgrain is heavier than poplin and lighter than twill.
Grosgrain (pronounced grow-grain) gets around. You may find it on the lapels of dinner coats as a more subtle option to satin, on ladies’ hats, and old books. Grosgrain ribbon is commonly used in packaging, and although it’s often seen in black, it comes in colors such as peacock, turquoise, leopard and zebra print, rainbow and neon. Grosgrain ribbon is the primary ribbon used for hair bows, and nylon grosgrain ribbon is often used in the making of watch bands.
Instead of looking for grosgrain ribbons on sale, try buying wholesale grosgrain ribbons from a place like Ribbon Bazaar. Because they sell mostly to people looking to buy a lot of ribbon at once, they sell it at wholesale prices.
Dead Flowers and Grosgrain Ribbon
A quick way to make use of grosgrain ribbon is to take some flowers and wrap them in grosgrain ribbon. Hang them on the wall upside down, for some artistic flavor, and watch them dry over the course of the week. You don’t have to do it to commemorate lost love; dead flowers are pretty on their own. Spray your dead bouquet with hairspray, allow it to dry for a couple of days, spray it again, and then after a couple more days, one more spray. Those flowers—red roses?—accentuated by a black grosgrain ribbon will look great in a kitchen, bedroom wall, or over a toilet.
You can also make potpourri with dead flowers, a string of grosgrain ribbon and some essential oils. Dry the flower petals in a cool area, add spices like cinnamon and star of anise, and wait two weeks. Red cedar is another fragrant ingredient to add to your potpourri bag. After this add Orrisroot, an Iris root, to keep the essential oils smelling vibrant. Wait another few weeks, find a muslin sachet bag for your potpourri, and tie it off with ribbon. And listen to the song below.