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WHAT IS GROSGRAIN? FABRIC GUIDE, USES AND TYPES

Sunday, May 15, 2022 4:53:21 AM America/Los_Angeles

WHAT IS GROSGRAIN? IT- IS ALL ABOUT FABRIC
What is grosgrain, you ask? Grosgrain is a term that refers to stiff, heavy ribbons made from silk and nylon and woven with a Taffeta weave. This resulted in unique transverse and heavy weft ribs. Grosgrain is often referred to as a woven cord fabric because of its similarity to the fine cord. The cords are lighter than the faille but heavier than the poplin fabrics.

Grosgrain fabric is usually only available in black, and very rarely in other colors, except when it's made into grosgrain ribbons. It can then be made into grosgrain ribbons in a variety of flashy colors and patterns. Although it has a low luster, it isn't as flashy or extravagant as other fabrics, but it is strong and durable, and tightly woven.

WHAT IS GROSGRAIN? HISTORY
What is Grosgrain’s history? The term "Grosgrain" was derived from a Fresh loan word, and a folk corruption of the term "grogram", which was originally referred to as "gross gram" in 1562. This term refers to a loosely woven coarse fabric made of pure silk, silk, and wool, or silk and mohair.

"Grain" comes from an Old French word, "grain", which can refer to texture or seed, depending on context.

This fabric was used in women's clothing during the 16th century such as jackets and petticoats. Grosgrain fabric was a popular choice for silk and smooth-woven Wool, especially among the lower classes.

Women started to prefer grosgrain ribbons as trim in the 1920s. It was only used in black at this time.

Grosgrain ribbon gained popularity because it is available in a variety of colors and patterns, which is not the case with grosgrain fabric. These ribbons can then be used as ornaments and decorations for clothing articles. Grosgrain is popular for evening gowns, as it is less flashy but more sophisticated.

WHAT IS GROSGRAIN RIBBON?
What is Grosgrain Ribbon? Grosgrain Ribbon can be used in almost any type of fabric. It retains its ribbed look, is very sturdy, and has a matte finish that makes it less flashy. This fabric is better for bolder tastes than dull grosgrain.

Grosgrain ribbons can be used to enhance garments like polo shirts and underwear. It can be found on hems and lapel facings. These can improve the overall quality and aesthetics of garments.

WHAT ARE THE GROSGRAIN'S USES?
Grosgrain can be used in many ways:

STRUCTURAL USES
Grosgrain fabric can be used to attach semi-detached items like tops or skirts. You can also use ribbed grosgrain on reinforcements or gussets. Grosgrain ribbons can be used as accents, waistbands, and facings. Grosgrain ribbons can be used as waistband faces to save time and fabric. They are also great for bulky fabrics.

Evening Wear
Grosgrain fabric can also be used as a smart, practical, alternative to lustrous satin. It is often used on evening dresses, evening gowns, and dinner jackets. It emphasizes the hems and outer edges of the garment's collar as well as the lapel. This adds sophistication.

Grosgrain, unlike satin, is extremely durable and doesn't have the harsh glare that satin has. It has a matte finish. It can be used as an accessory such as bow ties and cummerbunds.

MILLINERY & HAT RIBBONS
Grosgrain is gaining popularity as a millinery material. It's a great option for making decorations on hats. Because of its high quality, this fabric is a favorite choice for men's top hats. It has been used in opera and top hats. Despite its scalloped edge being a disadvantage, the Petersham ribbon is rarely used. However, there have been exceptions like the Stetson Flagship fedora.

Grosgrain ribbons can also be used extensively by hat makers for edge binding and crow bow. Despite the decreasing supply of vintage grosgrain ribbons, the hat industry has not yet found a replacement that is as good or better than vintage cotton-rayon mix ribbons.

For example, modern polyester ribbons have colors that are not as elegant as old ribbons. This has led to a substantial price rise.


WHAT IS GROSGRAIN - OTHER USES
Grosgrain Fabric can be used for things other than clothing. Here are some more ways Grosgrain fabric can be used.

BOOKBINDING
Grosgrain fabric is also used to bind book spines together or sheaves. It can be an excellent tool for book restoration and binding.

CARGO AND PACKAGING
Grosgrain, with its curls and ability to secure parcels, is very popular in the cargo sector. Grosgrain ribbons can be used to wrap delicate items for shipment. Nylon grosgrain, on the other hand, is used to wrap fragile items for shipments.

HANDICRAFTS
Grosgrains made from low-cost synthetics such as polyester can be used for gift wrapping ribbons, ornaments, and decorations for scrapbooks, bookbinding, trimming, embellishing, and bead-making.

PERCUSSION
You can also use the polyester grosgrain to tie the snares together of a drum without slipping. It can be cut up to 5-8 inches in width. This allows the ends of the drum to be held closer to the head. It also dampens the buzz from the snares.

What is GROSGRAIN? How does it get made?
Grosgrain ribbons are not made with abecedarian weaving techniques. Instead, they go through a unique process called the "taffeta weave", which weaves thick and thin cords alternately. This technique gives them their distinctive thick woven edge, which is durable, strong, and versatile. It also has a thick weft that gives it its matte finish.

WHAT IS GROSGRAIN? - WHAT DIFFERENTIATES DOES IT HAVE FROM SATIN
What is Grosgrain and how does it differ from satin? Grosgrain has a similar look to satin and is why it is so popular. Both can be used for decorative and embellishment purposes, such as on sashes, embroidery, and garlands. There are some differences between the two:

Grosgrain is very fine if you look closely.
Grosgrain has a matte finish instead of satin or a glossy finish.
Grosgrain is woven using a taffeta weave. Satin is made with a single-faced weave.
Because of the way it is woven, Grosgrain is much more durable than satin.
Sometimes, the stain may need additional grosgrain to reinforce its reinforcement.
Grosgrain can be made from cotton, fiber blends, and polyester. Satin is usually made of nylon.
Grosgrain has thick horizontal fibers which make it easy to trim and edge.
It is resistant to damage, unlike satin. It can be folded, heat-sealed, and stitched and still look the same.
CONCLUSION: WHAT IS GROSGRAIN?
When asked what grosgrain is, the answer is that it's a versatile fabric that can be used for almost any purpose. Grosgrain can be used for all kinds of projects. These include fashion projects such as dressmaking, handicraft projects like bookbinding, and scrapbooking.

Grosgrain ribbons are still available in many colors, even though the color limit is very limited. For those who wish to personalize grosgrain ribbons, many companies will accept custom orders. Small and large businesses can use customized ribbons to package their products. It adds beauty and originality to the product.

The best thing about this is that it's very similar to satin but much stronger and more affordable. This fabric is a great choice for craft enthusiasts and practical designers who value quality but are limited on budget. This is without a doubt one of the most versatile fabrics ever made.

 

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What better way to celebrate our kiddos' first days in school than with a special mama-made hair bow? Katelyn Boehm made this super cute crayon and pencil hair bows and shared them in our patterns group last week. She agreed to make the pencil bow tutorial for our blog today and I'm so excited to get started!  Here's Katelyn! 
 
 
 
Step 1: Gather your supplies:
 
-2 inch grosgrain ribbon cut to 30 inches (I like my bows BIG, if you want something a little smaller, you can substitute 1.5 inches)
-3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon in BLACK and YELLOW (for pencil bow) and SILVER (for pencil trim)
-7/8 inch grosgrain ribbon in PINK (for pencil eraser), FLESH/PEACH (for pencil tip)
-Thread or elastic thread
-Hair clip
-Glue gun and hot glue
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-Scissors
 
 
Step 2: Using the 2" ribbon we will create a pinwheel style bow. There are lots of great tutorials out there that will explain it in detail if you do not know how to make one. Trim your tails to approximately 4" in length on each end.
 
 
Step 3: Cut approximately a 2" piece of silver ribbon, pink ribbon, peach ribbon, and a small piece of a black piece of ribbon. Set aside.
 
 
Step 4: We will now cut our ribbon tails into shapes resembling a pencil. Starting with the tail pointing UP, cut 2 curves along the upper edges of the pencil tail; it should now look like an eraser. Then cut the other tail at an angle on each side so it will resemble the tip of a pencil point.
 
 
Step 5: Now we will hot glue our pink ribbon piece to form the eraser. Once attached, follow the curve of the tail for it to resemble the eraser. You may also now glue on your silver ribbon to finish the eraser.

 
Step 6: Now onto the pencil tip! Glue the peach-colored ribbon approximately ½ inch from the top. Next, glue the black ribbon over the tip. Trim the excess ribbon following the shape of the pencil.

 
Step 7: Heat seal or fray check BOTH tails on the raw edges.
 
 
Step 8: Finish the center of the bow and attach your clip and you are done! Grab your little one and send her off to school in style!



Thank you so much for your tutorial, Katelyn!

Aren't these adorable?!  And they look like they shouldn't take too long to make. Just a little bit of mama love. I can't wait to make one for my daughter's first day of school!  Maybe even one of each if she is in the mood for pigtails.

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