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Image Name Definition
  Argyle Repeating diamond pattern composed of various colors that is printed or woven in to a fabric.
Bias Cut Fabric that is cut diagonally across the grain. This creates some stretch that might otherwise have none and normally does not fray.
Brocade A pattern that appears as a raised floral or filigree design. Often similar to a jacquard type of fabric.
Burlap Coarse, open weave fabric traditionally normally made of jute, hemp or similar natural fibers.
  Chenille Soft yarn that is woven in to a fuzzy looking fabric. Derived from the french word for 'caterpillar'.
Chevron Zig zag pattern that is woven or printed on to a fabric.
Chiffon Lightweight see through fabric. Sometimes referred to as sheer or organza.
Cord Round ribbon resembling a rope or string. Yarns are normally twisted together.
Cotton Soft natural fiber that is obtained from the cotton plant.
  Crochet Decorative fabric that is normally knit from threads that are looped together using a special needle.
Cut Edge Also known as Slit Edge. Ribbon made for wider width fabric that is cut and sealed. Can appear as an unfinished edge.
Damask Fabric with a decorative pattern woven in to it, usually floral in nature.
Dupioni Textured fabric that has fibers purposely woven to give the appearance of irregularities, also known as "slubs". Often made of silk.
Embroidery Fabric that has a decorative design stitched in to it.
Feather Edge Ribbon with tiny loops on either side to create a decorative edge. Sometimes referred to as "picot edge".
Felt A nonwoven fabric that is matted and pressed together, using wool or other similar fibers. Felt is considered the oldest known textile, used since before the invention of the loom.
Filigree Pattern that is intricate, fine, and/or regal in nature.
  Flock Fibers with a velvet like texture that are used to create the surface pattern or design on a fabric. Often referred to as the top side of velvet.
Gingham (Check) Check pattern resembling squares of 2 colors and a half-tone.
Grosgrain Closely woven fabric constructed to create a horizontal ribbed texture.
Herringbone Pattern that appears as a small zig-zag on the surface of a ribbon.
Iridescent Pearlized color that can appear translucent.
Jacquard Fabric that is woven to produce an intricate pattern
Lace Delicate open weave fabric with threads woven together to produce a decorative design.
Lame Woven fabric made of metallic fibers that is usually shiny and smooth.
  Lettuce Edge Wavy edge or gathered appearance. Also sometimes referred to as "ruffled edge".
Mesh Fabric that is characterized by its open weave to create a texture similar to that of a net or web.
Metallic Reflective and shiny fabric that is woven together to create the appearance of metal.
Moiré Fabric that is woven or embossed to create a watermark or wood-grain like appearance.
Monofilament Edge Heavy plastic thread that can be similar to fishing line that is often part of the edge of a ribbon.
Net Fabric that is characterized by its open weave to create a texture similar to that of a mesh or web.
Nylon Synthetic fiber known for its strength & durability.
Ombre Pattern that gradually shades from a one color to another or a lighter shade of the same color.
Organza Lightweight see through fabric. Sometimes referred to as sheer or chiffon.
Picot Edge Ribbon with tiny loops on either side to create a decorative edge. Sometimes referred to as "feather edge".
Plaid (Tartan Plaid) Pattern with multi-colored lines and bars that are crossed at right angles to create a crisscross type pattern.
Pleated Processed fabric that has been folded upon itself to create a rippled or layered effect.
Polyester Synthetic fiber that is commonly used in ribbon. It is known to be strong, wrinkle resistant & colorfast. Similar to cotton in appearance & physical properties.
Polypropylene Plastic variety popular with florists because of it's water / weather resistance and high sheen.
Raffia Flat folded ribbon that is straw-like or paper like in appearance.
Rayon Fiber made of cellulose, created as an alternative to silk.
Ric Rac Pattern that forms an undulating zig-zag effect
  Ruffled Edge Wavy edge or gathered appearance. Also sometimes referred to as "lettuce edge".
Saddle stitch Decorative row of continuous stitches on both edges of the ribbon usually in a straight line.
Satin Fabric with a smooth, shiny surface. The satin side can be on one (single face satin) or both sides (double face satin) of the ribbon.
Scalloped Edge Ribbon where the edges are curved to form the shape of continuous semi circles.
Sequins Small, shiny, disks sewn in to a fabric. Usually made of a metallic or plastic.
Sheer Lightweight see through fabric. Sometimes referred to as organza or chiffon.
Silk A fine yarn or fabric that is made from a natural fiber produced by the cocoon of a silkworm.
Slit Edge Same as Cut Edge. Ribbon made for wider width fabric that is cut and sealed. Can appear as an unfinished edge.
Solid Ribbon Fabric that is woven in a manner that it is not transparent or translucent.
Taffeta Plain weave fabric similar to poplin effect.
  Topstitch Decorative row of continuous stitches usually in a straight line.
Tulle Fine, transparent netting with a hexagon shape normally made from nylon.
Twill Heavyweight fabric that is woven to produce diagonal lines on the surface of the fabric.
Velvet Fabric with thick, short piles or flocking to create a plush surface.
Woven Edge Ribbon that is woven to an exact width on a loom with a finished edge.