Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Etsy Spotlight: Nelle handmade

Today's Etsy spotlight features a fabulous accessories designer from Minneapolis. Designer Laura Nelli first caught my eye with her wonderful use of a traditional millinery material- petersham ribbon.

More commonly known as grosgrain ribbon (the ribbon with the tiny ribs) millinery petersham differs from the stuff found at your local craft store because of its unbound scalloped edge. This is helpful in hat making as the ribbon can be curved (with steam and a hot iron) to lie flat against the crown of the hat.

Regular grosgrain ribbon- bound edge

Millinery grosgrain or petersham- open scalloped edge

Petersham is the base material for a beautiful piece in Laura's luxury handbag line Nelle. Distinguished as a finalist in the 2008 Handbag Design Awards, this clutch combines quality materials and innovative design. Sleek yet feminine, its a perfect fashion investment that could serve a variety of looks. Definitely a great idea for unique wedding accessories.

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