Using Ribbons: Dictionary & Glossary

A glossary is helpful when making your next ribbon choice!

With so many different custom ribbon types to choose from, selecting the perfect ribbon for your event or project can be difficult. This simple ribbon glossary is helpful when picking the perfect ribbon for your next ribbon project or event.

a simple and easy to use custom ribbon glossary and quick reference dictionaryMost of these terms refer to our custom ribbon rolls. However, some of them are for printing processes and other ribbon types.


This is a fabric made from a polymer which is usually formed by polymerizing a polyhydric alcohol with a polybasic acid. These fabrics are colorfast and will not shrink. They are the most durable.

Grosgrain (pronounced gro-grain):

This is a heavy ribbon which has a ribbed, or corded texture and appearance across the width of the ribbon, typically made of silk or rayon.


This is a sheer fabric of silk, nylon, or rayon in plain weave.


Also called acetate rayon. This is a synthetic filament, yarn, or fabric composed of a derivative of the acetic ester of cellulose. It differs from viscose rayon in having greater strength when wet and greater sensitivity to high temperatures.


A ribbon or fabric which has a smooth, shiny appearance, and often has a glossy face and a soft, slippery texture. The term “satin” is a type of weave which results in the shiny appearance on one side and “flat” appearance on the other.


Referring to a yarn or fiber made partly or entirely of metal or a reflective film or ink and having a metallic appearance. This is also in printing and makes lettering and logos slightly reflective to light.

Hot Stamp:

A dry printing method of lithography in which predried ink or foils are transferred to the ribbon surface. This is done at high temperatures and is efficient for quick runs and simple designs.

Hopefully, these terms will help you to understand what are the differences in our ribbon. And, as always, we’re here to help. And we are only a click or a phone call away!

6 Reasons: Ribbon Rolls for Decorating

Are you planning an event and need ideas for decorating? From weddings to parties to most any event you can think of, ribbon rolls are the perfect answer for any needed decorations!

ribbon materials infographic for decorating usesSo, now you’re left with the unanswered question: what kind of ribbon do I want for my decorating? Here’s a quick guide to help you along your way to your perfect answer.

First things first, what do you need the ribbon roll for? Let’s look at all the things you can do with ribbon rolls. Tying them around things it a great use! Uses range from table decorations like candles and vases to the more traditional uses like gift wrapping and using them to wrap flowers into bouquets. Whatever you decide to use these ribbons for, that’s your stepping stone.

While most of these ribbon selections can be used for tying, some are prettier than others. But don’t discount ribbon types like grosgrain or organza quite yet. These ribbons have their uses too!

Satin and acetate ribbons are perfect for flowers and gifts. Tying bows is simple and they hold well. Tie them around your bouquets for that great looking bow. They hold their shape will so that the bow’s loops remain plush and open. These ribbons are also useful for decorating because of their shiny quality. They work great when hung with other decorations or used on centerpieces for tables.

(This ribbon) is heavily textured on both sides. Consequently, the imprinting will have lines running through it where the color of the ribbon will show through. This can lead to a more casual or “distressed” look in the final ribbon. (And,) the material itself is slightly thicker and heavier than (other ribbons).

Chiffon – Organza
(This ribbon choice) has an open, mesh-like weave that allows you to see through it. Because of this transparency, …organza has a very elegant look, making it a popular choice for weddings or other formal events. It has a stiff texture that works well for almost any size bow.

Whatever you decide to use for your decorating, make sure that your imprinting choices match your ribbon choice. Printing on satin versus grosgrain, and even organza, will always show up differently. Watch your text and image choices when selecting your ribbons.

To make it a bit easier, simply review this information every time you need to choose your ribbon style and you can’t go wrong.

View entire infographic by clicking on the image. (Infographic courtesy of:
Melanie Bunch, Graphic Artist, Coller Industries Incorporated.)