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 

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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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RUN Wrist Wrap Silk Ribbon Bracelets

We are so excited to announce that our silk ribbons have been featured in the collection, RUN, by Athlete Inspired, Inc. Founded by our dear friend and artist Jenifer Maggio, Athlete Inspired Inc. is a jewelry design and accessory company catering to those who enjoy an active lifestyle. Jenifer, also known as Iron Jen, is a four time Ironman (Ironwoman) athlete and business woman. As founder and CEO of Athlete Inspired, Inc., Jenifer commits the same energy and persistence to her creative designs as she does in training and competing in triathlons.

The RUN line with our silk ribbons showcases that level of excellence Jenifer is so well known for in the world of jewelry, business, and fitness. What’s there not to love about getting a great workout in while still being fashionable with these gorgeous RUN Inspired silk wrap bracelets? Check out the bracelet below featuring our silk ribbon June Gloom #236.

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These fun and chic bracelets are knotted with a button end to fasten. The light weight of our chiffon silk ribbons allows the bracelets to be wrapped around several times, while still maintaining wear and tear for years to come. Each bracelet features a “love” and “laugh” tag.

You can order these great wrist wraps directly from the Athlete Inspired, Inc. website here: http://www.athleteinspired.com/shop/run-inspired-silk-wrap-bracelet/. To order our June Gloom silk ribbon, click here: http://classactdesigns.com/retail/june-gloom.html or see our 200+ colors on our website at http://classactdesigns.com

Let us know what your workout routine is!

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Mother’s Day with Class Act Designs

Mother’s Day is coming up and what better way to show a token of your profound gratitude with a special gift? Making something yourself to give your mother is a memory she will hold dear forever. Using our silk ribbons, the gift options are almost endless. Add a charm or pendant to one of our silk ribbons and she will wear it with pride coming from her son or daughter or grandchild!
Cape Coral Purple #269

Cape Coral Purple #269

Confetti #252

Confetti #252

Van Gogh's Iris #26

Van Gogh’s Iris #26

Oscar Nights #342

Oscar Nights #342

If you dare to get really creative, braid three silk ribbons together as a bracelet, necklace, or headband with your favorite accent pendant or charm. You can also use any one of our silk ribbons around a bouquet of flowers or as wrapping for another gift with a pretty charm as a gift that keeps on giving. If you and your mother enjoy DIY projects, order some silks and make beautiful jewelry together like mother/daughter or mother/grandchild bracelets that will last the test of time. Included below are some more pretty spring color ideas for Mother’s Day.

Rising Sun #278

Rising Sun #278

Tutti Frutti #276

Tutti Frutti #276

Hawaiian Rainbow #229

Hawaiian Rainbow #229

Looking for some inspiration? Check out our Designer’s Gallery for great jewelry ideas to make for your Mom. www.classactdesigns.com/retail/designers-gallery. Make sure to order your silk ribbons today to get started on a gift your mom will absolutely treasure! www.classactdesigns.com.

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Wedding Ideas with Class Act Designs!

With bridal season quickly approaching, we wanted to share how you can use your Class Act Designs silk ribbons on your very special day. Our best bridal silk ribbon colors are pictured below:

Off White/Gold Metallic Edges #309

Off White/Gold Metallic Edges #309

Here Comes the Bride #340

Here Comes the Bride #340

Pale Lavender #115

Pale Lavender #115

Something Borrowed, Something Blue #341

Something Borrowed, Something Blue #341

White/Silver Metallic Edges #310

White/Silver Metallic Edges #310

Purple Haze/Purple Metallic Edges #313

Purple Haze/Purple Metallic Edges #313

The perk about using Class Act Designs silk ribbons on your wedding day is all the versatile ways your silk ribbons can be incorporated into decorations, accessories, and gift giving.

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The gift that keeps giving! Tie one of your favorite silk ribbons around the centerpiece for each table with your favorite pendant or charm to give a loved one two gifts in one! Not only will your guest leave with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, but a beautiful piece of jewelry too.

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Use one of our silk ribbons as a stunning bow for small wedding favors to give to your guests and wedding party.

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Pair a silk ribbon with your favorite diamond ring and set of pearls for an elegant look on such a memorable night.

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Use a silk ribbon woven in your wedding hairstyle!

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A special gift idea for bridesmaids: purchase a silk ribbon that compliments the color of your bridesmaids dresses as either a gorgeous necklace or add a charm to create a chic wrist wrap they can enjoy on your special day and for years and years after!

Log on to www.classactdesigns.com to order your bridal silk ribbons and let your creativity soar on such a special day!

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Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day Class Act Designs Style!

Are you all as excited for Saint Patrick’s Day as much as we are? We sure hope so! As many of you know, Saint Patrick’s Day is a huge celebration in honor of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. This holiday is celebrated worldwide honoring the Irish culture. On St. Patrick’s Day it is tradition to wear green clothing and accessories to celebrate this joyous holiday and of course to avoid getting pinched!

We’re thrilled to share with you all some festive Saint Patty’s Day inspired silk ribbons for you all to enjoy! Below are some of our favorites:

Candy Apple Green/Green Edges #128

Candy Apple Green/Green Edges #128

Eco Perfect Green Blend #214

Eco Perfect Green Blend #214

Forest Green/Gold Edges #311

Forest Green/Gold Edges #311

Green with Envy #338

Green with Envy #338

Parrot Green with Multi-color Edges #129

Parrot Green with Multi-color Edges #129

Use any one of these silk ribbons as a headband, wrist wrap, ankle bracelet, or necklace this coming Tuesday! Add a stately charm or pendant to your silk ribbon to really stand out. Not only will you be participating in such a fun holiday to share with family and friends, but you will be celebrating this special day in style like the true fashionista you are!

Now go on to www.classactdesigns.com to order your green silk ribbons and then make sure you get your party on for Saint Patty’s Day on Tuesday, 3/17!

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Class Act Designs featured in Bead Metamorphosis!

We are happy to announce that our dear friend and client Lisa Kan has featured our silk ribbons in her jewelry design book Bead Metamorphosis! Bead Metamorphosis is unlike any typical jewelry design book out there offering exquisite, custom jewelry design pieces. Below is the cover of Bead Metamorphosis, displaying the stunning jewelry Lisa creates.

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Lisa incorporated our silk ribbons to develop two magnificent designs, Bella Fiore and Hanami.

Bella Fiore

Bella Fiore

With use of our silk ribbon blend Bella Donna, #235, Lisa created Bella Fiore Italian for “beautiful flower.” This flower focal created with our handmade, hand-dyed silk ribbon can be worn in one of three ways either as a lariat, pendant, or wrap bracelet. Using multiple-purpose jewelry expands your creative mind of design options.

Hanami

Hanami

Hanami is Japanese for “beautiful flower” shown above with our silk ribbon Pineapple Pink, #217. Two layers of three petals are each created with hand-dyed shibori silk ribbons. The pleating is removed to emphasize the beauty of the dyed pattern and colors. The pattern and natural flow of the shibori wonderfully mirror flower petal striations with the center component embroidered with backstitches. Attaching the shibori to our hand-dyed silk ribbons gives this piece a final touch of elegance.

Go to www.lisakan.com to order your copy of Bead Metamorphosis. The book will provide a step-by-step DIY of both the Bella Fiore and Hanami designs. Log on to www.classactdesings.com to pair these designs with your favorite silk ribbons. Huge thank you again to Lisa Kan for featuring us in such a great body of jewelry art and design.

We are happy to announce that our dear friend and client Lisa Kan has featured our silk ribbons in her jewelry design book Bead Metamorphosis! Bead Metamorphosis is unlike any typical jewelry design book out there offering exquisite, custom jewelry design pieces. Below is the cover of Bead Metamorphosis, displaying the stunning jewelry Lisa creates.

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Lisa incorporated our silk ribbons to develop two magnificent designs, Bella Fiore and Hanami.

Bella Fiore

Bella Fiore

With use of our silk ribbon blend Bella Donna, #235, Lisa created Bella Fiore Italian for “beautiful flower.” This flower focal created with our handmade, hand-dyed silk ribbon can be worn in one of three ways either as a lariat, pendant, or wrap bracelet. Using multiple-purpose jewelry expands your creative mind of design options.

Hanami

Hanami

Hanami is Japanese for “beautiful flower” shown above with our silk ribbon Pineapple Pink, #217. Two layers of three petals are each created with hand-dyed shibori silk ribbons. The pleating is removed to emphasize the beauty of the dyed pattern and colors. The pattern and natural flow of the shibori wonderfully mirror flower petal striations with the center component embroidered with backstitches. Attaching the shibori to our hand-dyed silk ribbons gives this piece a final touch of elegance.

Go to www.lisakan.com to order your copy of Bead Metamorphosis. The book will provide a step-by-step DIY of both the Bella Fiore and Hanami designs. Log on to www.classactdesings.com to pair these designs with your favorite silk ribbons. Huge thank you again to Lisa Kan for featuring us in such a great body of jewelry art and design.

STAY TUNED! We have provided Lisa with some blended color samples, 3′ long and 2 1/2″ wide, to create ribbon flowers.We are anxious to see how they come out using our serged silk and will post the results soon!

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