Pristine antique ribbon pre stitched for easy ruching, or to use as is. Kept in such lovely condition, no stains or odors! Measures 1/4" wide.
It is petite enough to use for dolls, or for anything that needs a dainty ribbon trim. With the yellow center how perfect to make lovely ribbon work flowers!
I am offering in 5, 10 and 15 ft lengths at very reasonable prices. You can not get this same quality for this price in the local fabric store. If you need more let me know and I will determine how much I have. I do not know the age of this ribbon, I purchased it in a lot of items that came from a former milliner who collected antique textiles for her work on theater costumes, so I know it is old and that the quality is beautiful.
You can see in the photo where I pulled the yellow stitching to gather, or ruche the ribbon, just to give you an idea....
I found this great explanation of ruching and copied it below. Here is the website if you would like to read more! Thank you for your interest in this lovely ribbon!
"Ruching is a French term which means to gather, ruffle, or pleat; the term is a sewing technique in which fabric or ribbon is gathered in a repeating pattern to form ruffles, scallops, or petals. The technique has been used for many years to decorate clothing, accessories, and quilts; Today many items can be ruched for added visual detail, including wedding dresses, flower appliques, pillows, and blinds. The technique is a detailed technique that should be learned, but it basically consists of evenly folding, stitching, and gathering a length of material until reaching the desired result."
"Ruching is a labor-intensive, time-consuming technique that, like many other art forms, is experiencing a resurgence in current fashion trends. In the late 19th century, the technique was a very common and popular way to decorate women's clothing, including hats and petticoats; however, the technique has been around for many years — many argue as far back as the Middle Ages. The uniformity found in historic ruched pieces has led several historians to believe that ancient seamstresses used some sort of tool to evenly space the ruching. Around the 1850s, quilters started using the technique to create three-dimensional flower appliques for quilts, adding to the list of creative ways to ruche."