It's well into December and as gifts you've carefully selected for others are making their way into your homes, presenting the presents is the next step.
I love wrapping gifts, and the selection of wrap, ribbon, trim and adornments available is better than ever. From thrift shops and craft stores, to The Container Store's Gift Wrap Wonderland and local merchants, there are endless options of color coordinated wrap, boxes and bows to help you present a beautifully wrapped gift.
However, I realize not of all you share in my gift wrapping delight, but there are ways I may be able to persuade you...today's focus is on the beautiful, colorful and texture filled array of ribbons.
Imagine this burst of color as a topper on a box with your name on it. Known as a cockade, this element of folding layers of ribbon dates back to the 17th century and traditionally adorned hats and lapels. It soon became used as a political statement to wear colors associated with one's support or protest of government ideas and movements. Thankfully, it's again appreciated for the intricate folds and decorative features on hats, ornaments and just that perfect little box.
All of these lush images of satin bows and sparkly accents are the work of Nicholas Kniel who founded Nicholas Kniel Fine Ribbons & Embellishments in Atlanta in 2000. Known as the resource for unusual ribbons, feathers and trim, his shop features over 4,000 spools of ribbon! Road trip anyone?!
Nicholas, along with Timothy Wright, penned Ribbon, The Art of Adornment. It's a detailed history of ribbons, their use in decor and offers delicious photographs and inspiration. (Note, it is not a how-to book).
Locally, be sure to check out Soutache Ribbons & Bows in Bucktown. They offer rows and rows of wonderful ribbon options.
Of course, Orange Beautiful has a great assortment of grosgrain stitched ribbon by the yard, as well as Divine Twine. They will even wrap it all up for you!
all Nicholas Kniel images via Victoria Magazine and Ribbon, The Art of Adornment.