You know the little hooks on curtains that hold them away from a window? How about the small ribbons that hold a grandiose crushed velvet to the side to reveal the soft tulle beneath? These multidimensional looks are achieved with the help of tiebacks. Tiebacks are a form of Pipe and Drape embellishment. Embellishments are often an overlooked sector of the pipe and drape community and an even more underappreciated item is the tieback. A tieback or holdback is something the ties or holds back layers of your drapery to reveal other layers. They are a quick and easy way to add more value to your draping. In this article, we’ll go over different types of tiebacks and how to best utilize them to add value to your designs.
Bling Wrap Tiebacks
This is perhaps the most common type of tieback and is used by many designers all over the world. You can purchase these pre-made or make them yourself. If you want to make them yourself, buy a bling roll, cut them to size, and add some velcro strips. This is a great way to save money and personalize your bling wraps to fit your needs.
Floral Arrangement Tiebacks
Flowers can add elegance to any event draping or backdrops whether silk or fresh. One of the best reasons to use floral tiebacks is the customization that they allow. There are so many different flowers, greenery, and other elements to a floral arrangement that allow for endless possibilities. You will see floral arrangement tiebacks used a lot on arbors, gazebos, and arches to simply soften the structure and create intimacy.
These tiebacks are timeless and elegant accessories that can be used in many ways. Over at Shop Wild Things, they have a bejeweled collection of tiebacks that I just love. They are easy to use and add a special touch to your backdrop that instantly demands a higher price. They come in an assortment of colors and finishes too! One of my favorites is the heart-shaped royalty tieback
All in all, adding additional elements like these will increase the value and therefore the price of your work. When having a consultation with a client, consider bringing a few different tie backs for them to choose from. Clients tend to flock towards things that fit their personality or the tone of their event. By giving them more choices and room for personalization, you present yourself as flexible and professional. In addition to this, with each additional feature selected, the price will increase. Be sure to be upfront about your pricing though! You never want to add hidden fees.
If you found this post to be helpful, be sure to stay tuned all September as we go over my four favorite embellishments. While you’re waiting, head over to my article on how to use crystal curtains in your designs.