Class Act Designs Super Silk Wraps

We are so thrilled to announce our latest product: Super Silk Wraps! Launched in October 2015, our Super Silk Wraps are the same 36″ length (91.44 cm) of our signature ribbons, but are thicker at 2″ wide (5.08 cm).  Our test market responses  have been very positive and we hope you, our treasured customers, will give them a try.

The following colors are now available in any quantity ready for immediate shipping:

  • Om  My!- Item #SSW 501
  • June Gloom- Item #SSW  502
  • High Tide- Item # SSW 503
  • Tutti Frutti- Item # SSW 504
  • Mango Blend- Item # SSW 505
  • Off-White/Gold Metallic Edges- Item # SSW 601
  • Black- Item # SSW 508

Check out our wraps in the Designer’s Gallery for a little design inspiration here: http://classactdesigns.com/retail/designers-gallery.

Visit http://www.classactdesigns.com and order Super Silk Wraps today http://classactdesigns.com/retail/super-silk-wraps.html.

 

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Artist of the Week: Chantal Lalonde

We are pleased to feature our latest Artist of the Week, Chantal Lalonde, part of the duo that makes Ciao Angel Jewelry Inc. After switching from a career in Information Technology, Chantal studied jewelry at the School of Jewelry in Montreal and gemology at the Gemological School of Montreal for two years. Chantal’s expertise in jewelry making combined with co-founder Mari-Claude’s background in marketing birthed what is now Ciao Angel Jewelry, a successful online jewelry company based in Canada.

Chantal’s personal journey taught her that life sends each of us signs that guide our decisions throughout our lives. It is through this philosophy that Chantal creates jewelry to symbolize those signs and that we are not alone in life. Ciao Angel is founded on the idea of a guardian angel following us throughout life, pointing us to the right signs and decisions to live life to the fullest.

It is a great pleasure for our silk ribbons to be tied with such a unique and uplifting philosophical brand. Below is the “Thanks Angel” bracelet line made with our silk ribbons you can find at Ciao Angel:

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Midnight Sparkle #324

Midnight Sparkle #324

Purple Haze #313

Purple Haze #313

You can purchase the above bracelets and shop the entire Ciao Angel line at at www.ciaoangel.com. To order our silk ribbons, log on to www.classactdesigns.com. Thanks again to the lovely owners of Ciao Angel for such a great line of jewelry.

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Halloween Class Act Designs Style!

Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to get ready for such a fun holiday than with us at Class Act Designs? If you love Halloween decor as much as we do, our silk ribbons offer a variety of ways to create something spooky and fun for everyone to enjoy. Our silk ribbons are so versatile and easy to use as an arts and crafts activity for a Halloween party, decoration around the house, or even as a part of your Halloween costume!

Below are some cool Halloween ideas incorporating our silk ribbons:

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Halloween black wrap with skull from Green Girl

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Halloween Heart Charm on Pumpkin Patch

Some of our Halloween-inspired silk ribbon colors are:

Black #113

Black #113

Midnight Sparkle/Black metallic #324

Midnight Sparkle/Black metallic #324

Pumpkin Patch #272

Pumpkin Patch #272

Tobacco Brown/Orange Edges #105

Tobacco Brown/Orange Edges #105

Tea Silk/Orange Edges #104

Tea Silk/Orange Edges #104

View all of our silk ribbons for your Halloween fun at www.classactdesigns.com. Email us your designs at classactdesigns1@gmail.com  and we will share on our Facebook page for the entire month of October!

Do you have a spooky way to use our silk ribbons? Make our scary silk wrap bracelets or our nightmare inducing necklaces now!!

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Lisa Kan New Designs

One of our dear colleagues and customers, Lisa Kan, has created gorgeous new jewelry using our silk ribbons! Lisa Kan has been featured on our blog before as one of our Artists of the Week with her glass flower buttons and she continues to amaze us with her cutting edge designs which are now featured in the European magazine Perlen Poesie. We are so thrilled to be featured with her new pendants. Below are some pictures including Lisa’s latest jewelry designs:

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German magazine Perlen Poesie featuring Lisa's designs with our silk ribbons

German magazine Perlen Poesie featuring Lisa’s designs with our silk ribbons

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To order any of Lisa’s designs, go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/ariadesignstudio. Thank you again Lisa for continuing to use our ribbons in your artistic creations! Please visit www.classactdesigns.com to view and purchase your handmade, hand-dyed silk ribbons for your next project!

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Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbons and Artbeads.com

We are so pleased to make available a great tutorial video on the use of our silk ribbons by our long time loyal customers at Artbeads. com. Artbeads.com is a retail online jewelry supply company that will make all of you DIY jewelry makers and experienced designers fall in love with their products from a gorgeous array of beads, stones,pendants, charms, findings and of course, our silk ribbons. They have many terrific sales throughout the year of all of their products. Our silk ribbons have been featured on Artbeads.com in their Stringing Supplies link for over 10 years.

Our silk ribbons have now been showcased in a wonderful video by Cynthia Kimura on the elegance silk ribbon adds to your jewelry creations. Check out the video link below and find some of our most popular silk ribbons on our website at www.classactdesigns.com.

https://youtu.be/StghYmIHcwU

Huge thank you to Cynthia Kimura and Artbeads.com for such a great honor! And make sure to visit www.artbeads.com for everything you need for jewelry making and other craft projects. Get creative!

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4th of July with Class Act Designs

Celebrate America’s independence with style this 4th of July holiday with our silk ribbons at Class Act Designs. Not only do we carry two great 4th of July inspired silk ribbon blends, but our red, white, and blue ribbons provide multi-purpose use as well in many DIY projects. Whether you use the silk ribbons as part of your Independence Day decor or as jewelry, we have a great 4th of July silk ribbon collection for this proud holiday. Take a look below:

White/Silver edges #310

White/Silver edges #310

Royal Blue/Silver edges #318

Royal Blue/Silver edges #318

Old Glory/Silver edges #336

Old Glory/Silver edges #336

Betsy Ross #264

Betsy Ross #264

Bright Red #159

Bright Red #159

You can wear the ribbons as a headband, sport a few tied around your ponytail, as a necklace to hold a favorite pendant, for an anklet, and/or for a cool  wrist wrap. You can stack your bracelets and add a silk ribbon in any one of our 200 colors to the stack to add texture and softness to your look.

If you’d rather use our  ribbons or any ribbons as part of your Independence Day decor, check out some of the below ideas:

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Now let your creativity soar and order your 4th of July silk ribbons at www.classactdesigns.com 

Please visit our Facebook page and like us at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Class-Act-Designs-Inc-Hand-Dyed-Silk-Ribbons/218251000820.

Let us know how you celebrate or did celebrate the 4th. How did you show your red, white, and blue colors? Comment back with your feedback!

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The Red String: A Bracelet for Blessings

The Authentic Red String is a symbol of great importance in not only in the Jewish religion, but to Kabbalah followers worldwide. Class Act Designs owners Fran & Judy just completed a class on Kabbalah with Rabbi Richard Camaras at Shom Rei Torah in West Hills, CA studying the origins and early leaders of Kabbalah.  Each fellow classmate received one of Class Act Designs Bright Red silk ribbons to wear wrapped around their left wrist for all of the reasons stated in the below excerpt from www.Judaism.com:

The Red String

According to tradition, the red string is wound around the stone marker over Rachel’s grave seven times while reciting various Hebrew prayers such as Psalm 33, Ana B’Koach, and Asher Yatzar. The string is then cut into bracelet size lengths and is worn on the left hand as a symbolic request for spiritual and physical protection and blessings.

No one actually knows how or exactly when the custom wearing of a read string began. What we do know is that every detail contains deep significance.

The Concept of Rachel according to Kabbalah

The name Rachel is related to the Hebrew word rachil meaning “a lamb” or “sheep.” A lamb stands still while it is being sheared. This symbolizes humility. The lesson is that we must humble ourselves before God like a lamb before its master.

Rachel Emeinu (Our Mother) also represents the World of Speech. It represents another form of humility, in that speech has no “power” in and of itself. It merely reveals the thought of the one who is speaking. So too, we should submit ourselves to the Will of God.

The Ideals of Rachel

Just as Rachel did not envy Leah’s good fortune, similarly we pray that no one envy our success. Just as Rachel prayed for children and was answered, we pray that the childless be blessed with children. And just as Rachel was cured of her affliction, so too may the ill be returned to good health.

The Concept of a String and the Color Red

Every morning, “a thread of grace prevails” and God renews the world for another day. The string symbolizes that “thread of grace.”

The Hebrew word for “red,” adom, emphasizes the unique relationship between man and his Creator. For example, adom is related to many words such as adama “earth”, dam, ‘blood,” adam “man,” and Adam HaElyon, “Supernal man.” Red also reminds us of teshuva, the need to return to God by improving our ways.  As the sages say, “If your sins be as crimson, they will be as white as snow.”

Seven Times and the Left Hand

The “seven times” correspond to seven days of the week, symbolizing the need for God’s constant protection. It also symbolizes the seven emotional attributes, the seven times a bride encircles a groom, and the seven Godly emanations (sefirot). It may also recall the merit of the seven Holy Shepherds responsible for bringing the Devine Presence down to Earth.

It is also known that the left heart is full of blood and is home to Nefesh, the vitalizing animal soul in a person. Wearing the string around the left hand reminds the person of the “battle” that must be waged against one’s selfish urges.

Psalm 33

The number 33 correlates to the concept of the teshuva, as the Talmud (Sanhedrin 103a) states that “the wicked King Menashe repented for 33 years and God received him.” We also find that the 33rd day between Passover and the Feast of the Weeks (Shavuot) is a time that is associated with elevation and situations changing for the better.

The Psalm itself consists of three parts: an introduction, a middle part consisting of seven “sections” of recognition, and a conclusion thanking and praising God for his deliverance.

Ana B’Koach

This mystical poem consists of seven lines with six words per line. The total of 42 words corresponds to one of the Holy Names of God. The initial letters of each word also refer to this Holy Name. Interestingly, the Jewish people made 42 stops on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Each step represented another step on the ladder of holiness. According to the founder of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, each individual must make the same spiritual journey during his/her lifetime. Perhaps saying this mystical poem is a way of asking for God’s assistance and protection during these 42 stages of one’s life.

Wearing the Red String

As you can see from all this, the Red String Bracelet is a means, rather than an end. It serves as a channel to help awaken ourselves and to the One Above our desire for connection and protection. Wearing the Red String signals your intention to open yourself up to receive God’s blessings by trying to become a better person by performing acts of goodness and kindness, and by remembering that humility is not only an attribute of God, it is the sign of a Godly person. Finally, wearing the Red String signals your belief in the righteous merit of our Rachel Emeinu (Our Mother).

May all our requests for blessings be fulfilled.

We are upgrading this beautiful concept to our 100% silk red ribbons! We highly recommend any Kabbalah follower to try our red ribbon–it lasts longer and looks better! Below is a picture of our red ribbon, Bright Red #159:

Bright Red #159

Bright Red #159

We have enjoyed a profound experience together in this class learning about the founders and teachings of Kabbalah. Our practice of living righteously in our world will continue through our lifetimes as we wear the “thread of grace.” Get your own personal Thread of Grace directly from us by ordering our Bright Red silk ribbon here: http://classactdesigns.com/retail/bright-red.html.

Let us know if you have ever heard of Kabbalah, if you’ve ever studied it, and share what your thoughts are!

Please visit our website at www.classactdesigns.com for 200 more colors available for all of your jewelry making projects or for hair accessories, gift wrapping and more.

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