Ribbon Rosettes - a short history and definition of the ribbon rosette
By Carly Pope
The making of ribbon rosettes dates back to the 8th/9th century, where many examples have been found. The rosette rays depicted the moons and planets, and an example of which is the bronze Piliska rosette. Rosettes have been manufactured in a variety of materials including cotton, wool, metal and lace and were usually worn as a badge of distinction or as a decoration on shoes.
A Rosette can be defined as a badge award or decoration made in coloured ribbon to resemble the form of a rose or a rose shaped ornament on a wall or other surface or a naturally occurring cluster of leaves radiating from a central point, especially at the base of a stem or any rose shaped structure arrangement or figure.
In order to make a ribbon rosettes many components are needed. These include: a backboard (made from thick card or paper, pleated ribbon (usually satin acetate) a centreboard (again made from a thick card), ribbon tails and a fastenings (safety pin, bridle clip etc.)
The ribbon is pleated to form the rosette tiers which are attached to the backboard to form the ribbon rosette head. The tails are swallow cut and along with the specified fastening are attached to the head using the pre-printed centreboard. The rosette can be made to any shape, size or colour and can be as personalised as the individual requires.
Additional ornamentation can be included by adding layers of stars, pillow pleats or pencil points.
Rosettes are nowadays awarded for many events including horse shows, dog shows, and cattle shows. They are also worn by many political candidates as a representation of their party, and by football fans to show their support for their favoured team. They are also very popular for birthdays and can be used attached to a card or for a unique gift tag idea.
About the Author
Carly Pope is the webmaster of The Rosette Company http://www.therosettecompany.co.uk and Rooster Rosettes http://www.roosterrosettes.co.uk
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