The following is a varied list of suppliers. They run the gamut from wholesale to retail and mail order. Most sell ribbon, but some are fabric or notions suppliers or provide sewing services. Some are local to my San Francisco Bay Area. Some have websites and some do not. As I take my next breath, some have already changed some detail of their contact information! It’s meant as a place to start. I hope that it’s helpful.


Advance Pleating and Button Co.
San Francisco, CA
415-648-3111 FAX 415-648-7284
Tuxedo pleating, smocking, popcorn smocking, morning glory pleating, monogramming

Amazon Vinegar & Pickling Works Drygoods
Davenport, IA

Apparel City Sewing Machine Co.
Montebello, CA
San Francisco, CA
Industrial sewing, pressing, cutting room equipment and supplies.

Arlene Baker
Downey, CA
562-928-3583 TELEFAX
Collector and dealer of vintage ribbon work. Designer and teacher of exquisite Victorian replica ribbon work and beadwork.

Basia Zarzycka
United Kingdom

Batchelder Silk
Laguna Beach, CA

Bell ‘occhio
San Francisco, CA
Retail, European general store. Vintage and modern ribbon. This store is a beauty. Don’t miss it! No catalog.

Berwick Offray
Chester, NJ
Wholesale manufacturers of narrow fabrics. Available retail in most major chains and fabric stores across the country. Woven edged ribbon, art, crafts, gift and floral ribbons. Gros grains, poly satins. Some exotics, lamès, sheers, metallics, wire edged solids and ombres. Books and how-to pamphlets.

Bramcost Publications
Online sales. Publisher of books on vintage fashion, sewing, millinery, hairstyling, makeup, knitting, crochet, weddings, entertainment and more.

Brewer Quilting and Sewing Supplies
Aurora, IL
Wholesale to stores only. Call for retail store in your area. Catalog available. French wire ribbon, silk ribbon for embroidery, Italian and Swiss ribbons, some trims and laces, books, assorted vintage ribbon and braids, crinoline, stamens, buttons and charms. Quilting supplies, fine needle art supplies, books, and distributor for Australian magazines. Designer/manufacturer of Elegance Ribbon®. Rep. for Mokuba.

Brimar Inc.
Lake Forest, IL
Wholesale, mail order. Catalog available. Tassels, braids, cording, ribbons, metallics, and more.

146 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
A San Francisco institution, the reverent travel from all parts of the west to shop their four floors of fabrics. Wonderful 4th floor notions.

The Bone Room
Berkeley, CA
Porcupine quills and so much more. Don’t miss it.

Camela Nitschke Ribbonry
Perrysburg, OH
Retail, wholesale, mail order, classes. Beautiful store, worth a visit.

Candace Kling
Oakland, CA
Ribbonwork classes, ribbon research, textile sculptor, author of The Artful Ribbon

Castle in the Air
Berkeley, CA

Clotilde LLC
Big Sandy, TX
Mail order catalog of sewing tools and supplies.

Creative Import Designs, Inc.
Youngstown, OH
CIDINC can be reached at

d. Anne Ruff
Plymouth, MN
Doll pleaters

Dakota Prairie Treasures
Freeman, SD
Spiral-bound and CD reproductions of Antebellum, Victorian, Edwardian and Flapper era pattern books.

Dawn Sklar
Marina Del Ray, CA
dawn can be reached at ribbonbutton at
Vintage and modern ribbon, trim, lace, buttons and more. Schedule of shows.

Dharma Trading Co.
San Rafael, CA

Discount Fabric
Berkeley, CA
San Francisco, CA
Wholesale to the public.

Donna Rentel Presents
Spokane, WA
Ribbon Rep.

Edwardian Needle
Bloomfield, NJ
Threads and ribbons galore. Classes

Exotic Silks
Mountain View, CA

Evolution: Natural History in SoHo
New York, NY
Porcupine quills.

Parkville, MO
Specializes in Ribbons, yarns, fibers, needleart and antiques with a decidedly floral bent. stock ranges from yarns, ribbons and fibers to antique buttons, laces, trims, beads, crystals and needlepoint.

French General
Los Angeles, CA
French inspired shop carrying floral millenary supplies: ribbon, leaves, feathers, stamens, etc. Books, paper, textiles, and much more.

Gilding the Lily
Fullerton CA,
Retail shop. Vintage ribbons, trims, floral leaves and netting, jewelry findings and chain. Classes.

Hanah Silk (Wholesale only)
Eureka, CA
Artemis (Wholesale and retail)
A distributor of Hanah Silk (This website has a lot of information about where to find various retailers.)
100% silk bias-cut hand-dyed ribbons (7/16”-4” wide, 6 sizes), Satin cording and piping, crinkle pleated silk yardage, hand-made ribbon roses, trims & weavings. Sample cards-- $25.00 - 97 colors. Also, custom colors.

Hats by Leko
Hood River, OR
Wholesale and retail millinery supplies. This business boasts of having more different kinds of straws and felts than most people have seen under one roof. Wide range of high quality and unique millinery items: crinoline and buckram, trims, flowers, ribbons, and stamens, both vintage and modern. Stock is always changing. Nice book selection.

Helen Gibb
Louisville, CO
Author and teacher

Hyman Hendler & Sons
New York, NY
Wholesale, retail and mail order. Ribbons in every style, color, width and price. They carry basic ribbons like satin and grosgrain, also luxurious ribbons, rare moirés, plaid and stripes. An essential stop on any NYC trip!

Janice Naibert
Rockville, MD
Wholesale, retail at doll, needlework and quilt shows. Wholesale catalog available. Designer/manufacturer of “antique look” ribbons, fabrics, and trims. Original source of silk buds n bows. Carries vintage buttons and buckles. Silk satin ribbon in many colors and sizes

Judith M. Hats and Millinery Supplies
LaGrange, IN

Jennifer Osner: Antique Textiles
Daly City, CA
Seeing is believing. Visit this site!

Parkersburg, WV
Wholesale threads

Berkeley, CA (next to Ashby Bart)
Wholesale, retail, mail order. An emporium of laces and lace supplies (vintage and modern) and ever so much more. The retail store is a “must see” if you come to the Bay Area. Lace, ribbons, buttons, tassels, flower stamens, beads, jewelry, clothing, costume and textile, books galore, vintage sewing tools, also vintage replicas. Crinoline available. Distributor of Mokuba and YLI.

LFN Textiles artist's Ribbons
Ribbons designed by textile artist Laura Foster Nicholson for sewing, quilting, scrap-booking, and many other crafts.

Lina G’: All the Trimmings
468 Morro Bay Blvd.
Morrow Bay, CA 93442
Retail shop so worth visiting.

Ribbons and Trims (ebay store for above)

M & J Trimming Company
New York, NY
Wholesale, retail and mail order. Extensive trim selection. Also trims for interiors. Braids, ribbons, lace, trim, buckles, buttons, sequined and beaded appliqués, loose beads, paillettes, tassels, antique passementerie, fringes, curtain tiebacks and decorative elastics.

Margaret Powell Phillips
Vintage Passementerie
Collector, dealer and creator of the finest ribbonwork.

Martin Meyer Imports
Elmwood Park, IL
Wholesale only. Stamens; single and double ended, imported, vintage, and modern. Dozens of varieties in many different sizes, textures, and colors. Floral leaves.

Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions
South Windsor, CT
Lace, trims, ribbons, buttons, fabrics…vintage and modern. Beautiful & tempting. Crazy quilting a specialty.

May Arts
Riverside, CT
Ribbon Wholesaler

michael Levine, Inc
Los Angeles, CA (213) 622-6259
wholesale and retail, over 60,000 ft in downtown LA of fabric, notions, ribbon, and trims

Midori Inc. (has moved!)
Los Angeles, CA
Wholesale ribbon, Contact them for Rep. or retail source in your area. Designer/manufacturer of many silk and poly imported ribbons. Fantastic colorways, organdy, satin, taffeta, and velvet.

Mokuba Co., LTD.
Tokyo, Japan
Mokuba New York
Wholesale and retail. Exclusive importer of MOKUBA line of ribbon in USA. More than 43,000 items.

Nancy’s Sewing Basket
Seattle, WA 800-443-2964
Retail, limited mail order, classes. Great fashion fabric store. Handwork supplies. Lots of ribbon and expert advice in “The Ribbon Room”. Full selection of colors of ¼” rococo ribbon and other Mokuba ribbons and trims. No catalog.

Needle in a Haystack
Alameda, CA 877-429-7822
Purveyor of fine needlework supplies. Retail and mail-order

New England Quilt Supply
pembroke, MA 888-293-6401
Wholesale and Retail sales of fabrics, notions, and books.

Piedmont Fabric
Oakland, CA

Reliant Ribbon (wholesale only)
Paterson, NJ
Wholesale ribbon manufacturer, distributor, importer and exporter

Renaissance Ribbons
Oregon House, CA
Wholesale and importer. Catalog available. French ribbons, braids and trims (woven jacquard, silk, wired, metallic) metallic laces, vintage ribbons, passementerie, fringes and tassels, gift wrapping ribbon, Japanese and French organdy ribbons, French cotton/rayon grosgrain. Retail orders through The Ribbonerie in San Francisco.

Ribbon Connections, Inc.
United Ribbons
San Leandro, CA
Wholesale manufacturer. Taffeta, satin, velvet, metallic, organdy and embroidery ribbon. Silk satin ribbon, single and double faced, in 50 colors 3/16”- 2” wide, 9 different sizes. Silk luster garlands.

The Ribbonerie
San Francisco, CA
Retail, wholesale, mail order. Vintage French wired ribbon, sheers, satins, ombres, grosgrain, velvet, novelty, metallics, passementerie, pleated ribbons, stamens, vintage silk flowers and leaves, and a variety of antique textile accoutrements. All Renaissance Ribbons retail in store.

The Ribbon Gardner (formerly Gardner’s Ribbon & Lace)
Arlington, Texas 76013
Web only. Wholesale, retail, vintage and modern, buttons, ribbons, trims, laces, wire edged ribbon, grosgrain (solid, stripes and polka dots), stamens. Rep. for Hymen & Hendler and Elsie’s Exquisites, IJN, Bear Threads Lace Co., Janice Naibert.

The Ribbon Store at Romantic Notions.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Large selection of French wired ribbons, vintage ribbon, trims, and laces, millinery supplies, stamens, crinoline, ribbonwork starter kits. Ribbons of the Month Club offers 15% discount off list prices.

The Ribbonry
See Camela Nitschke Ribbonry

Stillwater, Minnesota
Retail only

Rufflers Roost Ribbons
Mesa, Arizona

San Francisco Pleating
San Francisco, CA
To contact: rustysfpleating is at
Custom Pleating and Mailorder

Satin Moon Fabrics
San Francisco, CA
The exquisite taste of the owners is reflected in the very select fabrics offered here. A must!

The Sewing Workshop
2010 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA
Students travel/arrive/congregate from around the country to learn fine sewing, patternmaking and embellishment from nationally known teachers. Ideal learning environment.

Shibori Girl Studios
Long Beach, CA
Hand-dyed and pleated ribbons and fabric. Luscious colors.

Silkroad Fabric
Oakland, CA
Fashion, bridal, drapery, upholstery. Bargain prices.

Chicago, IL 60647
Darling shop with ribbons galore. Classes

Tail of the Yak
Berkeley, CA
510-841-9891 FAX 510-841-2808
Retail. Gifts, Georgian and Victorian jewelry, decorative arts. Ribbon, vintage and modern, wire edged, velvet, novelty, some silk ribbon. Unusual buttons, fabric flowers, leaves. Old French jacquard woven ribbons. No catalog. This store is a treasure, don’t miss it!

Testfabrics Inc.
West Pittiston, PA

Thai Silks
Los Altos, California
Wholesale, retail, mail order. Solid and printed silks.

Things Japanese
Kirkland, WA
Mail order. White silk ribbon, 2mm, 3.5mm, 7mm, 13mm, 32mm. Also silk dyes and dyeing instructions. Kits for dyeing and painting with “Colorhue,” “Lumiere” and “Neopaque” 100 weight silk thread in 9 colors, can also be dyed. White double-faced satin ribbon in 9 sizes.

Tinsel Trading Company
New York, NY
Wholesale, retail and mail order. Metallic threads, trims, tassels, fringes, and fabrics. Satins, velvets, and taffetas. Vintage flowers, glass and raffia ornaments, hand-woven buttons and laces. Manufactures cords, tassels, and trims using antique stock combined with contemporary materials.

Treenway Silks
Salt Spring Island,
British Columbia, Canada

Tricia’s Ribbons & Fine Things
Alamo, CA
925-743-8390 or 925-864-8676
Vintage and contemporary ribbons and gift items.

United Ribbons Group (wholesale only)
US, Japan, China
Wholesale ribbon manufacturer

VV Rouleaux
London, UK
Wholesale and retail. Ribbons, trims, tassels, flowers. Largest ribbon distributor in Europe.

Vintage Passementerie
see Margaret Powell Phillips

Y.L.I. Corporation
Rock Hill, SC
Wholesale. Catalog available. Ribbon, thread and yarn. Pure silk Japanese ribbon for embroidery. “Bunka” for stems. Silk thread and floss. Books and kits.