Swan Ley. Slapton Ley February 16 2018. Slapton Ley AONB

Slapton Ley

A fresh water lake in South Devon just yards from the sea.

Lichen, Slapton Ley, Start Bay AONB, Photo: Robert Ely

Winter colour

Spring is still a little way off, but there is plenty of plant colour appearing in the South Hams.

Slapton Ley, Start Bay AONB,South Devon. February morning. photo Robert Ely

February, Slapton Ley

Just after eight on a February morning. The sun is already climbing in the sky and bathing the Ley in a warm glow.

John Mcshea craftsman, boatbuilder.

It’s a few weeks ago now that we went along to an open afternoon at the workshop of John Mcshea. A fascinating and inspiring afternoon as even though I […]

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 […]

Burgh Island Hotel

Burgh Island is a small, tidal island off the coast of South Devon, only 20 miles from Dartmouth where Papilionaceous is based. It is home to one of the UK’s oldest […]

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 […]

silk costume ribbons avilable at

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 […]