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Welcome to my Blog. This a place to share and learn all things embroidery. Here I post inspirational stories and free lessons in the form of tutorials and guides. I also share tips, tricks and teach stitches and techniques.

You will also find free patterns and designs for you to unlock your creativity. It is a great place for any creative looking to learn or find inspiration in this art form.

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 10 by Di van Niekerk-Embroidering Hair

  Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 10 by Di van Niekerk From a series of handy hints and tips for silk ribbon embroidery to save and keep for your collection. You are most welcome to share with your students or friends. I will be adding a new card every week until the series is complete. This is Hint 10… . . . Stranded silk threads complement the silk ribbon beautifully. ...

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Be careful to Buy Only the Best
I have heard from a customer in the UK who kindly notified us that someone is pretending to be an authorised seller of my RES kit and panel on Etsy.
She is not one of our suppliers and never will be. She is "selling" my RES kit and accepts money knowing full well that she cannot supply the authentic kit. The price shown in the images is for the embroidery panel, which is more than 5 times the usual price. 
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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 9 by Di van Niekerk

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 9 by Di van Niekerk   From a series of handy hints and tips for silk ribbon embroidery to save and keep for your collection. You are most welcome to share with your students or friends. I will be adding a new card every week until the series is complete. This is Hint 9… . . Stranded cotton is the most used thread for creative...

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Silk ribbon embroidery by Wendy Horner from Cape Town – by Di van Niekerk

  I simply love this beautiful piece by the super-talented Wendy Horner from Cape Town. From one of our popular designs titled “You and I” she made it in A3 size. Her teacher, Annamaria Kelly, from Kloof in KZN sent it to me and WOW Wendy surely has a flair for ribbon embroidery! . . Annamaria kindly shared her work with me, and she wrote:   “Hello Di   ...

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 8 by Di van Niekerk
Hints and tips by Di van Niekerk. Just about any thread can be used in ribbon embroidery, if you can thread it through the needle and bring in through the fabric.  Otherwise, couch it in place. Just check that the threads are colourfast before starting. Experiment with different threads to see how different the stitches appear when working with various thicknesses.
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Luciana Maluf and her Beautiful Mix of Brazilian and Ribbon Embroidery
Today I have a beauty to inspire you by a talented embroiderer from Brazil and her name is Luciana Maluf. Luciana wrote:
 I began with ribbon embroidery using the eBooks I’ve bought from your site: Floral Vista, A perfect world in ribbon embroidery and Silk Ribbon embroidery. I really loved them and felt so inspired! The embroidery stiches I also incorporate from your books: the fly stiches and loose French knots for the tree, the loop stich at the grass, the shadows.
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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 7 by Di van Niekerk

To twist the ribbon, twirl the needle once, twice, or more, depending on how many twists you would like in the stitch. Here are some examples of where the ribbon was twisted repeatedly until a cylindrical shape was formed for the stems. Secured onto the design with tiny stab stitches and matching thread worked between the twisted sections of the ribbon. 

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery - What's New and More

Hi, hello from all of us at Dicraft in Cape Town. It's been a busy time with lots of creative projects going on in the background. A big thank you to all our customers for your orders, we are grateful for your support!

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 6 by Di van Niekerk
• Use the eye of a large needle (size 3 tapestry is ideal and gently hold the ribbon in place until you have pulled it through. Work with a gentle tension. Ribbon needs to be handled gently. Keep stitches
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Purple Rain - Beautiful Ribbon Embroidery!

  I thought I would show you this gorgeous piece titled Purple Rain, one of our projects and it's oh so beautiful! . Embroidered by Wanda Zmudzinska, it is her FIRST ribbon embroidery project!  Don't you think it's lovely? .   . I asked Wanda to tell us a little about herself and she replied: . " I just finished my first ribbon project Purple Rain. I bought a...

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