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Blog > June/July 2011

Newsletter June/July 2011

GOOD morning stitching world

I hope that you are well and happy. Good news today – my new website has finally gone live

I think that you will enjoy the new website — it is easy to use. With each post and product I have added a detailed description and a photograph.
This will help you to select easily from all the categories. There are many useful features which will save you time and effort:

  • Search function — search by category, names, codes or words
  • Shop in your own currency
  • Translate into your own language
  • Find your nearest shop or teacher
  • RSS feeds and subscribe to my blog or newsletter
  • Be the first to learn about new posts and updates


  • Share your comments with other embroiderers
  • Interactive blog covering a wide variety of topics
  • One click contact option to get help on a product
  • Share a product with a friend — easy refer to a friend option
  • Free design downloads to registered members
  • Easy and secure shopping

Under "Read my Blog" you will find the different sections that I will
update often. Here you will learn and share everything silk ribbon embroidery

At the top of the page, there is a big red help button if you have any questions. Please let


know what you think
of my new website — any feedback and suggestions are most welcome!

The Dreamscapes Competition

The Dreamscapes competition has ended and I cannot begin to explain the beauty of the entries that I have seen. I am so pleased that I do not have
to be a judge…it is going to be a very difficult task for them to choose from the hundreds of photographs that I have received from all over the world.
Thank you so much to everyone that entered, for your love and dedication to Silk Ribbon Embroidery. I salute every one of you that entered and I am
holding all my thumbs (and toes) for you.

The judges are:
Helen Eriksson — the doyenne of SRE, from Australia
Anna Scott — of Inspirations Magazine, Australia
Karen Fraser — well-known SRE artist from California, USA
Emma Kriegler — famous for her SRE in South Africa
Sharon Calverley — from Stitches Magazine South Africa
Elza Bester DeJager — a skilled SR Embroiderer from South Africa
Hazel Blomkamp — a renowned needle-artist and designer South Africa

The judges will receive a DVD with all of the images entered in the competition. Each person's folder will be numbered — no names,
no countries, no identification. This way, the judging will be impartial and on merit only.

Good luck everybody — I wish every one of you could win

The winners will be announced in my newsletter towards the end of August 2011.

My new Roses book is on the way — not long to wait now. Today I received the advance copy.... and the testers? A crowd of university students here to watch
the rugby, and their verdict? "Awesome!" Ha-ha, did I tell you they were all young guys?

I hope that you will also like this book

There are 16 very special roses in this rose sampler and you could make a rose for your own special project — crazy quilting, fibre art, card making or
fashionable accessories — roses are suitable for every occasion!

The jewellery box with one of the roses that
I teach in my new book.

Click on the images to enlarge

The little nest that you will learn how to
make in the new Roses book - isn't it cute?

Embellish a hat, a knitted bag or crochet scarf, a beaded necklace, the lid of a jewellery box or that most special outfit of all - a wedding dress!
The rose sampler in this book is a beauty and you will have so much fun with this one

Thank you for all your encouragement and support for this book - you have no idea how, even the smallest bit of reassuring feedback, helps with the
positive energy which is so essential to keep one going and going, until the very end.

Our stockists throughout the world are busy ordering the requirements such as the ribbons and the printed panel for the
Roses book, so do feel free to

contact your nearest store

to order yours today. This will avoid a huge bottle neck in June and July whilst I am away in Australia at

Koala Conventions in Brisbane

I look forward to meeting you all in the Brisbane workshops and I will bring the Roses sampler with me for you to see it in
real life -

see workshop 82

for the Roses workshop.


The first print run of this book is in

HARDCOVER so don't miss out on this opportunity - order your book in time!

For a brief glimpse of some of the pages in my new Roses book,

click here
Please be patient while the book downloads and click on the top corner to turn the pages. Enjoy!

Click on the books below to locate your nearest supplier

From my website:
(Published by Metz Press)

Your nearest stockist:
(Published by Metz Press
and Search Press)

Amazon USA:
(Published by Search Press)

UK and rest of world:
(Published by Search Press)

...and more good news: Roses book will be translated into Russian and


and as soon as it is available in these languages, I will let you know. Do subscribe to my




to stay informed.

Don't forget about our lovely

bonus hampers

which you will receive with every order over R700.00 (approximately US$103.) These have been very

Click here for more info

Until next time, happy stitching and enjoy your stitching. Please feel free to

e mail

us with any questions – we are always willing to help


Di van Niekerk and the team in Newlands

PS. Well done to Cape Town on winning the

world's best destination
according to


I am so thrilled for our beautiful city

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