I have been collecting old ribbon for some time now. Some of it is past its prime. So I have played with washing it and then rolling it all up into a ball to dry...and look at the distressed effect!
The next ribbon is 5/8" black satin and it has a company's name printed on it in gold. I washed the ribbon in cold water with soap and scrubbed lightly to take off the company name. Then balled it up and let it dry.
So, what am I going to do with all this, wrap packages, make flowers, sew on cards, tie off tags, lots of uses.