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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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How to make Red Roses with Organza

How to make Red Roses from "Lady in Red" Kit embroidered by Karen Nell Today I want to show you how these beautiful roses were created for our Lady in Red kit. . . . If you have added ribbon sculpting to your repertoire, then this one is for you. It sounds complicated but simply explained, it’s building a rose from the centre of the flower outwards. This is achieved...

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 4 by Di van Niekerk
To end off the ribbon: 
• Leave a 1 to 2cm (1/2 inch) tail at the back of your work. Secure with thread and tiny stab stitches. 
• Or catch the tail when you start your next stitch. 
• Or weave the ribbon in and out of adjacent stitches at the back of your work.
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Beautiful Ribbon Embroidery by Fatima Paruk

  Honeysuckle Cottage Don't you just love this lovely ribbon embroidery piece by the talented Fatima Paruk from Kloof in Kwazulu-Natal? It's one of our  Cottages that we printed onto pure cotton fabric for embroidery.  Her teacher, Annamaria Kelly showed Fatima how to make the lovely thatch roof with Lana wool thread from Madeira (but you can also use any thin yarn). The picket fence Annamaria found at her local stationery...

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PICOT Stitch by Di van Niekerk

Woven PICOT STITCH by Di van Niekerk This is perfect stitch for long, loose leaves and the best thread for this stitch is Perlé 8 or 12 . To make a fatter leaf, keep the tension loose as you weave in and out of the foundation stitches. Remember to use a long length of thread if the leaves are long. The soft sculpture/doll's needle (about 13 cm long) that is used...

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 3 by Di van Niekerk

 Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 3 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 3… .   When starting with ribbon, there are choices: • Leave a...

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By the Sea in Ribbon Embroidery

. Don't you wish you were here? .   . Embroidered by the super-talented Татьяна Коробейник Tetiana Korobeinyk from Italy, it is just too beautiful ♥ I love how she used my silk ribbons so skillfully, see how the stitches are raised so beautifully off the surface? This was possible because she used such a gentle tension while she stitched.The colours she created are simply divine.   . Thank you dear Tetiana!...

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 2 by Di van Niekerk

Last week I started a series of handy hints and tips for silk ribbon embroidery.I have made these cards for you to save and keep and you are welcome to share them with your students or friends. I will be adding a new card every week until the series is complete. This is Hint 2     To thread the ribbon: Thread the needle and pierce the end that has...

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Monday Hints and Tips by Di van Niekerk

Monday Hints and Tips by Di van Niekerk's Silk Ribbon Embroidery     About the Different Ribbons   . There is an amazing collection of ribbons in our range and these are available from our website www.dicraft.com.  Pure silk and sheer organza ribbon are, without a doubt, the best ribbons to use if you wish to create a true reflection of nature’s colours They are soft and pliable ribbons and...

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Some Lovely Silk Ribbon Embroidery by Annamaria Kelly

Hi, hello, it's a beautiful day here and the 46th Cape Town Cycle Tour, the biggest timed bike race in the world, will be held on Sunday, so there's lots of excitement in the air! 109 km or 67.7 miles, it’s a long way and the very best of luck to all participants! I thought I would show you some lovely works by Annamaria Kelly’s students in Durban. Look at their...

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hints and Tips by Di van Niekerk

Today I am starting a lovely series of handy hints and tips for silk ribbon embroidery.I have made these cards for you to save and keep and you are welcome to share them with your students or friends. I will be adding a new card every week until the series is complete.Enjoy and happy weekend ♥ Hint 1 Use only short lengths of ribbon, at the most 30 cm...

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