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Blog > May/June 2011

Newsletter May/June 2011

Hi from a sunny and cool Cape Town. I hope you enjoyed your long weekend and that you managed to rest for a while.

My new Roses book is at the printers and it will arrive by ship between 13 and 20 June…not long to wait now! I am very proud of this book and you will learn many, many new and interesting techniques.

There are 16 very special roses in this panel, and you could use what you learn in this sampler to make your own individual roses for a unique project. Whether it be for 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.

I must 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, where I will launch the new Roses book 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.

Note: 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)

Good luck to all of those who are entering the international Dreamscapes silk ribbon competition! You are welcome to start sending your photographs now if you are ready.

Remember to add your name and address details and the country where you are from. Do check with me that I have received your photographs, if you do not receive a reply from me. The deadline is midnight (South African time) on 31 May 2011.

To read the rules about the competition, click here.

Hint: stretching your piece onto a wooden frame before photography will result in a far better finish. Do not frame your piece behind glass yet, in case you are one of the winners. The winners will be asked to send their pieces to Cape Town and glass may break and damage your piece. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at: di@dicraft.co.za and I will gladly assist.

Don’t forget about our lovely bonus hampers which you will receive with every order over R700.00 (approximately US$105) These have been very popular!

Click here to read more about the new bonus hampers


With every order that you place on our website today, you will receive a link to download this lovely FREE design for your collection!

Download and print the design onto fabric and embroider it, make a cover for a trinket box or a journal, sew it onto a small tote bag, create a gorgeous card … whatever takes your fancy. Enjoy!

Click on the image to enlarge

Until next time, happy stitching and enjoy the changing of the seasons. Please feel free to email us with any questions – we are always willing to help wherever we can.


Di van Niekerk and the team in Newlands

PS. Well done to Cape Town on winning the world’s best destination according to TripAdvisor. I am so thrilled for our beautiful city - now you have to come and visit Cape Town!

I also love this clip on African Cats - hope you enjoy it too...

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