Victoria and Abdul costumes: Olivia Williams as Lady Churchill

Victoria and Abdul, 2017

Were you keeping an eye on the Victoria and Abdul costumes? “That’s a rather fine silk ribbon you have around your het.” “Yes it is isn’t it, woven in […]

Caroline Penvenen, Poldark Season 4

Filming of Poldark season 4 is underway and we have just seen this image on Gabrialla Wilde’s Instagram feed. Looking as lovely as ever as Caroline Penvenen we think […]

200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death

‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!’ – Jane Austen. As creators of bookmarks and passionate readers ourselves, Jane Austen is never far from our hearts. […]

55mm wide ribbon

July 2017 – 55mm wide ribbon

After some re-threading and a not inconsiderable amount of tweaking and adjusting this month we have stripes weaving at 55mm! Although the difference between 40 and 55mm doesn’t sound […]

Papilionaceous Silk Ribbon, bookmarks. New Hands, Cast Made, Totnes

April 2017 – Totnes pop-up shop

New Hands Totnes Pop-up shop We are very pleased that Papilionaceous is featured in the New Hands Pop-up shop hosted by Cast Made in Totnes this month. The shop […]

Very Papilionaceous Petal Pin styled from our own rose pink jacquard silk ribbon mounted on a Sterling Silver stick pin worn on a pure wool wedding suit by Nicole Farhi.

March 2017 – Silk Boutonnière

Silk Boutonnière Spring is on the way and our Silk Boutonniere are starting to bloom! New this month in the Silk Ribbon Shop are our very Papilionaceous Petal Pins. […]

Silk flowers made from Papilionaceous floral silk ribbon.

February 2017

While the weather outside is cold and wet and Spring still seems a long way off we have been cultivating our own Papilionaceous floral display. This is our first […]

Maria Teresa Bolivar (María Valverde) in Libertador (The Liberator) 2013.Costume Design by Sonia Grande. Silk ribbon: Papilionaceous.

Libertador (The Liberator)

Maria Teresa Bolivar (María Valverde) in Libertador (The Liberator) 2013. Costume Design by Sonia Grande Silk ribbon: Papilionaceous

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January 2017

With the New Year in and Epiphany passed may we wish you a colourful, ribbon bedecked 2017!

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of this classic American novel, as well as sadly, the death of its author, Harper Lee. It is a book that somehow has passed […]

Papilionaceous Ross Poldark ribbon in three new colourways available from

December 2016 contd.

Another batch of silk ribbons have been added to the Ribbon Shop including stripes and further colourways of the popular Ross (Poldark) ribbon Save

Eighteen ribbons available from so far.

December 2016

We now have eighteen ribbons available to buy and sample swatches can be ordered for an increasing number of those. Black silk basket weave buttons are also in the […]

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November 2016

This month we opened the first department in our on-line ribbon shop. Over the coming weeks we will be adding more ribbon plus buttons, braces and bookmarks. If there […]

custom design acorn silk ribbon

Acorn quartet

Acorn silk ribbon. Autumn weaving at Papilionaceous, Devon

Into the Sea & Interludes II, Woven silk panels at The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth

October 2016 contd.

Open Exhibition:Water at The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth until October 16. Two silk panels by Robert Ely on show. Very many thanks to The David Alexander Open Art Exhibition […]

Papilionaceous for Albert Thurston, first production

October 2016

Happy 20th anniversary Papilionaceous! On the 28th October 1996 Papilionaceous shipped its first delivery of jacquard woven silk ribbon.

‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome

The second choice in our children’s fiction category was the classic ‘Swallows and Amazons’. With a major feature film on release at the moment a few of us confessed […]

Cast of Austenland, 2013 featuring Papilionaceous silk ribbon.


Austenland, 2013 Delighted that our silk ribbons make an appearance in Austenland, a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes. Jane is a seemingly normal young woman with a […]

Captain Poldark, end of episode 2 wearing braces made from Papilionaceous silk ribbon woven in Devon

Poldark Season 2

Ross Poldark is back. Season 2 now showing in the UK! It has new costume designers in Susannah Buxton and Ros Little but also carries much forward from the […]

Captain Poldark, end of episode 2 wearing braces made from Papilionaceous silk ribbon woven in Devon

September 2016

Captain Ross Poldark is back on our screens in Season 2 and we are pleased to see he has kept hold of his best woven in the West Country […]

‘Us’ by David Nicolls

It was with trepidation that I sounded out a few friends about the possibility of setting up a Book Group in the village and was rather overwhelmed with the […]