|Posted on 27 July, 2015 at 5:00|
When I started to sell natural dyed silk ribbon I wanted to make the packaging as natural and sustainable as possible, but also make it add to the lovely feel and stye of the ribbon. I managed to source boxes and tissue made from recycled paper, created wooden pegs for the ribbon to be wound on from UK produced timber, and then looked online for hand made paper for the labels and wrapping. The most suitable paper was imported from Asia and I really couldn't find anything more local. Although I'm not averse to learning new skills, with flowers, campsite and ribbon-making I really didn't have time to become a papermaker, so I set about finding someone more local to make some paper. Eventually I found Alison who makes paper in Glasgow and she agreed to do a test batch, and also suggested adding petals to the paper - marvellous!
The test paper was great and helped clarify exactly what I needed for the first batch. I couldn't be happier with the result, the paper is just gorgeous and I have to be seriously disciplined not to use it for everything! It takes printing beautifully and makes a fairly simple piece of text look very classy indeed. I used the paper to make a portfolio of flower images for markets and fairs and it created a fabulous look that is just right for Mill Pond Flower Farm.
So I now have a good supply of locally made paper to use as labels and wrapping for Heirloom Silk ribbon, plus a bit extra to sell in the online shop. Very satisfying indeed.