Ribbon Curtains and Canopies for Weddings, Parties and Occasions

With my love of haberdashery I couldn’t wait to write this blog article featuring Ribbon Curtains and Canopies for Weddings, Parties and Occasions

 

Ribbon is a pretty and versatile accessory and our creative and innovative curiosity perpetually searches for new ways to use and reinvent ways to weave these beautiful lengths of colourful fabric into our lives.

We look back through ribbon’s finely woven history to be inspired, look to fashion for ideas and constantly try to create something new by looking at the competition and trying to establish what is missing from the ribbon world.

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Pink Dotty Ribbon by Jane Means

Ribbon Curtains and Ribbon Canopies are a wonderful way to dress and personalise so many celebrations and occasions.  They transform your venue and can be themed and colour-matched perfectly to your individual needs.  A ribbon curtain’s light, feminine simplicity makes it ideal as a backdrop to a wedding ceremony or for wedding or christening photographs.   Ribbon Canopies can adorn the finest restaurant or can dress a barn for a more refined rustic celebration.

Themed events.  Red, white and blue ribbon curtains draped all around your function room would define a very royal or British affair, whereas baby soft pastel shades of ribbon would be ideal for a baby shower or christening celebration.  Sumptuous red, green and gold could form a seasonal backdrop in your home, whereas a purple, green, orange and black ribbon curtain ‘scream’ Halloween party.

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Image courtesy of Jose Villa Photography

Inside out.  Ribbon curtains can be constructed in a compact or more sparse, open way.  It is not uncommon to tie long ribbons into tree branches for garden-based receptions or parties.  These ribbons should, of course, be well beyond billowing range of burning barbeques and away from outside heaters.  Ribbon curtains created in trees add a romantic, colour-matched feature to your garden party.  They can seamlessly continue the distinctive decoration of your venue from the inside to the outside.

 

Image courtesy of Bailes and Light

Creative Canopies involve a little ladder work and safe securing of ribbons (most usually, to a bamboo or plastic pole) to prevent any cascading of strands into soups or sorbets!  Temporarily transforming a cold, hard ceiling into a rolling cavern of colour for your celebration will make your venue distinctive and very pretty.  Draped between beams, disguising a conservatory roof and, optionally, combined with fairy lighting, ribbon canopies can add intimacy to high ceilinged rooms and bring magic to an ordinary space such as a village hall.

We love this spectacular look with fairy lights taken at the Amadeus Centre where we run our London Gift wrapping Courses

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Image courtesy of Oh MY Charley

 

Ready made or ready to make?  It is, of course, possible to buy ready-made ribbon curtains and they come in a range of colours.  Making a bespoke ribbon curtain yourself, however, lets you control the combination of ribbon colours, fabrics, widths and overall length.

Your personal choice of curtain pole and possible addition of pole top embellishments means that your design feature is purely in the hands of your imagination and, of course, your budget.  Simple or sumptuous ribbon can be used or you can mix and match to create an impressive overall impact.

Our 100m rolls of ribbon are perfect for making ribbon curtains and canopies, when it is often necessary to have an endless supply of your specifically selected ribbons. My recent pop up shop at Clifton Nurseries was adorned with ribbon backdrops.

 

Whilst ribbon curtains and canopies are more synonymous with weddings, these features can be beautifully adapted to birthday parties, family portrait photography, interior design, retail display, Easter and Harvest festival celebrations, Halloween, christenings and Christmas, to name but a few.

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Image courtesy of MyHomeStylist

Interior Design.  Whilst a ribbon curtain can be a delightful, feminine feature above a bedhead, along a bedroom wall or as an actual bathroom or bedroom, light diffusing, tied back, drape, hooped curtain canopies suspended over bedheads make an extremely pretty, light and airy adornment.

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Image courtesy of The Glittered Barn

Hooped ribbon mobiles.  These colourful creations make a great kids craft project, can make use of many leftover short ribbon lengths and they make lovely features for a child’s playroom or bedroom. Even with small remnants of ribbon these can be used to make miniature bunting

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Fuchsia Dotty Ribbon by Jane Means

Versatile.  Ribbon is a fabric of very versatile persuasion.  Let your imagination run wild.  Ribbon is not merely for wrapping presents.  It comes in so many stunning designs, fabrics and colours that sometimes you just want to bring ribbon into everyday use on garments, within the design of your home and as part of seasonal decor

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Image courtesy of Style me pretty

So when you’re next looking at your rolls of ribbon in the bottom drawer, not knowing when you are going to use them, or if they are too pretty to cut up and add to gifts, remember they can be added as a feature to your decor so you can enjoy hours of pleasure looking at it

Enjoy! x

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Jane Means launches a London stationery shop

Being so appreciative of the positive feedback and many requests for the return of my successful venture into ‘the pop up shop’ world of two years ago, I welcomed the opportunity to, once again, and I’ve some exciting news….Jane Means has opened a London pop up stationery shop within the elegant and established garden walls of Clifton Nurseries.

Jane Means new shop at Clifton Nurseries

In the run up to the opening,  pretty new products arrived at my studio, stylish display ideas developed in my head, and we dressed it exactly as I wished people to experience it…

Jane Means shop

This is my bright and bold, creative arcadia of colour.

 

Jane Means London Shop

It is sometimes hard to believe that what was once my very enjoyable and creative, kitchen table based hobby, is now my international, commercial success.  I am fortunate that so many others also appreciate beautifully wrapped gifts and that the screen-based world we live in still has room for the timeless elegance of hand-scripted wrapping paper and calligraphic gift tags.

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Ribbon and tag by Jane Means
Calligraphy by Judy Broad

I am happy that many people share my love of patterned papers and of ribbons of variety and quality and that there is a constant quest by so many to find further creative ways to embellish, not only presents, but also homes, hotels, shops and restaurants.

We use touch screens for convenience but there is something beautiful about a brightly coloured quill, liquid ink on lovely paper and a warm, wax seal pressing a ribbon against a folded letter or ribbon-tied gift box.

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Image courtesy of Melanie Ward
Wax Seals by Manuscript

My pop up shop will be full of stationery, gift wrapping and calligraphy ideas and I plan to present my products in creative and innovative ways to inspire visitors to try new wrapping techniques, to display pictures differently, to use ribbons in original and pretty ways and to consider traditional methods of writing styles that can be overlooked in present times.

The highly skilled Judy Broad will be hosting calligraphy events in my pop up shop, providing demonstrations and instruction on how to achieve pristine and poetic penmanship that can bring a distinctive and personal touch to such items as gift tags, journals, invitations, letters and handmade wrapping paper.

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Ribbons by Jane Means

I will be demonstrating creative gift-wrapping techniques to wow your friends and family and offering embellishment tips, as well as showing how a range of beautiful bows can be effectively and efficiently tied.

I am so excited about the intensely coloured and highly patterned wrapping papers and beautiful, intricately dye cut greetings cards, among other delights, that I have sourced specifically for my pop up store and more items are arriving constantly.

Jane Means London Shop

‘Excited’ is the best word to describe the prospect of my shop’s opening day but I am also a little nervous.  I wish it to be perfect in every way and for everyone to be able to find something they love.

The shop will be open 7 days a week and you can also enjoy a delicious lunch or afternoon tea at the scrumptious Quince Tree Cafe on Site as well as wander through the idyllic gardens of Clifton.

Voted the ‘Most Charming Restaurant with a Garden’ by Vogue, the bustling cafe is set in a conservatory surrounded by flowers with a mouthwatering menu and delightful staff.

Quince tree Cafe

Our new shop Monday 12th September opened infront of the press with my dear friend Sophie Conran cutting the ribbon.

Jane Means Shop launch

We look forward to seeing you and don’t forget to share your photos and thoughts on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Page

Jane x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate our Company Milestone – Jane Means is 20 years old

It all started from the kitchen table back in 1995, when the Jane Means Brand was born. Whilst recovering from an illness, I started making Handmade cards and little did I know it would transform in to a global Ribbon and Gift Wrapping business, working with some of the worlds famous people and stocking luxury brands.

Jane Means Ribbons

This September we are reaching our company milestone and would love you to join in the fun celebrating our 20th year. And what a year it has been with the ‘Giftwrapped’ book launch, winning a business award from Theo Paphitis, landing my own TV show, and launching our Gift Wrapping Courses in South East Asia!

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We’ve upgraded our branding and love our new company logo and 20th anniversary signature stamp designed by the talented Charlotte Malkin

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In the run up to our special birthday we will be doing some special giveaways on our Facebook page, running events, launching brand new products and I will be making some special appearances at forthcoming exhibitions including Burghley Horse Trials, Autumn Fair (Trade Show) and Top Drawer Autumn (Trade Show).

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This Autumn I am delighted to be joining the honourable TV presenter, business woman and journalist, Kirstie Allsopp on stage at The Handmade Fair.  We will be gift wrapping together in front of an audience so keep an eye out for ticket giveaways and prizes on our Facebook page for the event.

Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair

After our International Gift Wrapping Courses in Singapore, we are looking at more worldwide locations (and we’d love to hear from you). With lots in the pipeline it is sure to be an exciting year ahead!

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On a final note I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the last 20 years.  I have the best job in the world and it’s all stations go ready for the season ahead!

Jane x

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Ribbon Bunting: DIY Craft Tutorial

Here’s a quick and easy ribbon bunting DIY craft tutorial for you, which will only take around 10 minutes to make

Pink spot ribbon

Its now time to raid the drawers and find those roll ends and remnants of fabric and ribbon.
This is a wonderful craft project to spruce up a basket of flowers, a cake or a table decoration.
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In this project I have only used some double sided tape, sharp scissors and around half a metre of fuchsia dotty ribbon with a couple of kebab sticks and thread.
I have used raffia in this project to be different!
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Add some double sided tape at the top of each kebab stick and wind around the ends of the raffia
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Cut your ribbon into small pieces approximately 6-7cm long
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Add double sided tape on the reverse of the ribbon
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Fold the ribbon in half over the raffia so it sticks together
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With a sharp pair of scissors, cut the ends of the ribbon into angles
Jane Means ribbon bunting
Your decoration is now ready to use. Just plunge the kebab sticks into plants or a cake. You can also use paper straws as an alternative to kebab sticks.
cake bunting by zoomyummy.com
Photo courtesy of www.zoomyummy.com
bunting by thetomkatstudio.com
Photo courtesy of www.thetomkatstudio.com
We would also like to thank Clifton Nurseries for allowing us to use their beautiful venue for the shoot.
Even the resident cat Mrs Miggins popped along to see what all of the fuss was about and joined in!
Mrs Miggins at Clifton Nurseries Cat
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How to tie the perfect bow in gift wrapping

One of the most asked questions I get asked on our gift wrapping workshops is “How do you tie the perfect bow?”.  We all have our own way of tying a shoelace or a bow and through my experience of teaching gift wrapping, I’ve found it’s very hard to change your technique after tying the same bow all of your life

tying a bow

I did a day skipper sailing course several years ago and thought the knot tying part would be so easy.  To my horror I failed my knot exams and was all fingers and thumbs. Although I had to resit the exam, it gave me food for thought and made me realise that many people will struggle to tie the perfect bow.

 

I have seen so many ways of tying a bow and my advice is to use the same technique that you’ve used all of your life with a couple of changes that will help you enormously.  Many of us tie a loop at a time, however some will form 2 loops and tie them together (known as the bunny ears).  During my workshops I have seen many different techniques and everyone can tie the perfect bow.

the perfect bow

The ideal bow should resemble a perfect angled letter ‘X’ so it is a good idea to imagine this X and follow the outline as you are tying your bow.  The 2 loops should be at 10 and 2 o’clock and the 2 tails should sit at 8 and 4 o’clock.

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The critical point is the part just before you pull the bow tight. Take a pause and look at the outline of your bow.  This will give you a chance to re arrange the bow so the loops and tails are in the correct position. If your bow looks messy or out of proportion, if you rush ahead and pull the bow tight it will still look a mess and out of proportion.

Turquoise ribbon

Another helping hand is to choose a double sided ribbon that has the same finish on both sides. Many of my students say that tying a wired ribbon is a lot easier. If you are working with a printed ribbon like this turquoise spotty design, ensure that you twist the ribbon to the correct side as you tie your bow.

For lots more bow techniques and gift wrapping projects, grab a signed copy of my new book ‘giftwrapped

Happy bow tying!

 

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Grab a signed copy of my new gift wrapping book ‘Giftwrapped’

We’re delighted to have taken delivery of the new book Giftwrapped, and now have our first orders coming in.

We had queues pre-ordering the gift wrapping book at the Handmade Fair last week, and have had people calling from as far away as Sweden wishing to secure a signed copy before it’s launched to the world

Jane Means book signing

 

Publication date isn’t until November 20th but you can get your very own signed copy now, and all early bird orders received by October 7th will be personally ‘giftwrapped’ by my own fair hands. I thought it would be a nice extra touch seeing as that is the title!

 

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You’ll also be entitled to a 10% discount on our website at www.janemeans.com

Just enter promo code bkb14 at checkout to get it for the special price of £18

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Every copy will be signed and I’m also very happy to write a small personal message (do be warned that I am on the road running Gift Wrapping Courses and shows from mid October until Christmas so there may be a little wait during this period).

 

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I feel totally blessed for the endeless support I’ve had whilst writing my first book and would love to hear any comments from those of you who’ve ordered a first copy of Giftwrapped.

 

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This is a dream come true and although I have aching hands from the book signings, I am smiling non stop!

Happy reading.

Jane x

 

Order your signed copy of Giftwrapped now

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Gift wrapping awkward shapes with tissue

One of the main questions I am asked on my gift wrapping courses, is how to tackle the gift wrapping of awkward shapes. To many it fills them with horror yet I believe wrapping awkward shapes is easier than a square box, which is more strict with measurements.

You may have bought a shirt or scarf in a smart boutique and have wondered how they wrap it without using any tape.  They have done it so quickly that you’ve missed how they’ve done it.
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Today I’ve picked a fabric apron, and there are numerous ways you can wrap this but I’m going to share a quick and easy technique.

Firstly fold it into a nice compact square or oblong, to keep it neat I tend to fold from the edges into the centre, so you end up with no visible hems or ties.
You will need an enough tissue to go around the object and some excess tissue at both sides. I have chosen contrasting tissue  in white and burgundy.
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Fold one of the end over so it forms a decorative band. Place this band in the centre of the gift and tuck in the other edge underneath, I refer to this as wrapping backwards!

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It may also help if you initially use double sided tape to hold everything in place although it’s good if you can get in to the habit of doing this freehand with practice.   For the sides you will now tuck the decorative band underneath the object so it resembles a pillow case.

gift wrapping by Jane Means


Finally you will tuck in the remaining side in on itself so you end up with a neat finish.  You can also lightly dust the tissue with your favourite fragrance or room spray to add to the senses.  When I’m wrapping fabric items I also like to play safe and have a layer of white tissue as the base colour.
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The tissue wrapped creation then can be placed in a box, gift bag, or decorated with ribbon and embellishments.  You could also make a tissue pom pom with any remaining tissue.

Gift wrapping with tissue

 

I am also delighted to announce that I have landed a Worldwide book deal, and my hardback book ‘giftwrapped’ will be launched in November 2014, so if you love gift wrapping and want to pick up lots of techniques this is the perfect book for you.

Happy wrapping folks!

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Visit us at the Spirit of Summer Fair

The new London ribbon shop at Clifton Nurseries is proving very popular and we are delighted to be exhibiting alongside Clifton Nurseries at the Spirit of Summer Fair organized by House and Garden Magazine

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The 4 day fair will take place at Olympia, London from Wed 14-Sat 17 May and has hundreds of handpicked exhibitors showcasing gifts, interiors, clothing, jewellery, food and gardening.

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You will find tempting offers on ribbons and wrapping on our stand.  Clifton Nurseries have an array of bespoke gifts, gardening items and beautiful artificial flowers (many you have to do a double take as they look so realistic!).

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The gardening experts from Clifton Nurseries will also be offering many interesting talks in the seminar theatre during the fair.

Visit us at the Clifton Nurseries stand on D21 and for more information and tickets head over to Spirit Fairs website

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Press Release: Jane Means IP issue with Berisfords Ribbons

PRESS RELEASE:  JANE MEANS BUSINESS OVER IP ISSUE WITH BERISFORDS

 Original Dog Cat ribbons by Jane Means

Award winning ACID member Jane Means is a ribbon designer and wrapping design expert and used to use a supplier named Berisfords.  She was very disturbed to discover that Berisfords had produced and were selling what could only be said to be a remarkably similar ribbon product.  After correspondence from ACID Affiliate Lawyers McDaniel & Co., Berisfords agreed to give an undertaking and pay £893.26.

berisfords dog cat ribbon

 

Niall Head-Rapson said, “Often a simple letter before action can achieve a result and in this case, whilst not admitting liability, Berisfords have agreed not to produce this ribbon design further and paid Jane Means’ costs.

 

Following the payment, Jane Means said, “I have spent many years building up my name and reputation as a ribbon designer and I am pleased that this matter has been concluded. I will do anything necessary to protect my signature designs”.

 

Dids Macdonald, ACID’s CEO said, “It is good that Berisfords responded positively to Jane Means’s IP claim and that the matter has been resolved without the need to take further legal action”.

A personal note from Jane…

” We have a very good relationship with suppliers, and you trust your manufacturers with your artwork. I was very shocked that Berisfords an established company who I’ve had a long standing relationship with, and given plenty of repeat business to over the years, would do this.  It’s poor behaviour to copy others and I would’ve hoped this could have been resolved so we could’ve continued working together but how can I work with a company who I don’t trust?”

And finally…

Berisfords vintage stitched ribbon copy

“I would like to thank those of you for your endless messages of support which have meant so much during this case, and welcome any comments”

ACID Press Release

 

 

 

 

 

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