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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.

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How Do I Make Softly Raised Stitches with Silk Ribbon by Di van Niekerk

Hi, hello! Today I am teaching you about creating dimension and softly raised ribbon embroidery stitches. I am often asked why some stitches are soft and rounded, raised off the surface of the design and why some designs look flat and have less dimension. I will show you why. .   . How to Create Pretty Stitches with Silk Ribbon that are nice and rounded, adding texture to your ribbon...

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How to make Berries and Fruit with Silk Ribbon by Di van Niekerk

Hi, Hello from a sunny Cape Town!  I wrote a tutorial about how to make an orange tree. If you look at my New Beginnings sampler below, you will see I used fruit and berries here too. . . In the bird panel, I used the technique to make the pink berries... .  . and for the Erica in this panel, I used the same technique too... . . For...

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How to make Oranges and Berries with Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Hi, hello! I promised to show you how to make an orange tree and at the same time, I will show you how to make Forget-Me-Nots or simple daisies. See the RES design below, the second panel on the far right?  . . For my RES book, I show how to make an orange tree in a woven basket and in my New Beginnings design, I show you how...

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Folded ribbon roses from Georgia

    Folded ribbon roses...     Hello stitching world ♥     On this beautiful Monday, I have a lovely piece to show you — Roses by Keti Navrozashvili from Tbilisi, Georgia in the Caucasus region of Eurasia….     Keti wrote to me  “My name is Keti; I am 37 years old from Georgia (a country). It is not a long time since Ribbon embroidery became by hobby and great...

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How to make a little nest….

  How to make a cute little nest..   Hello ♫♬♪ – can you believe it is weekend again.   Last week I taught you how to use woolly fibre for a little bird and I promised to show you how to make the little nest :)    Note:  This tutorial is from chapter 13 in my new Roses book... page 131.      Click on the image to enlarge the panel...

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How to use woolly fibre to create a little bird...

     How to use woolly fibre to create a little bird   Hello ♫♬♪ it’s weekend!     Today I will show you how to make a little bird with woolly fibre...    Click on the images to enlarge.   This method creates a fluffy texture…. and you won’t have to fill in all the detail, which will save you time :))     Note:  This tutorial is...

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Shaping stitches made in ribbon...

  Shaping stitches made with ribbon ....   Ever wondered how to make leaves and petals look more realistic?   Essentially, you can use needle, thread and tiny stitches to “show” the ribbon what you want it to do — how you want it positioned on the design.     Gently lift the stitch up off your work to see the shape on the printed panel. Use one strand...

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Folded ribbon roses...

  Some ideas for the Folded Ribbon Rose …   I received a message from a viewer on YouTube and she said:   “it’s super cute, thank you, after doing this can I take the rose from the fabric to put it in a hair clip? Do u have any ideas how to make it ?”   [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiBFITlZh8Y&feature=player_profilepage[/youtube]   So I replied that I would show her ideas of...

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A little Fairy....

  Good afternoon Stitching World ♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪ …hope you are having a good day      Today I thought I would show you how to make a little girl’s hair and a lovely flower garland.       This example is from the little girl fairy in the Black Medick Fairies design from my Flower Fairy ™ book…   Embroider the hair   With two strands of medium brown silk thread work...

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A Favour

    A Favour   Good morning ♫♬♪♫♬   I just love the simplicity of this design.   Here, silk ribbon embroidery was used for the roses, the rose leaves and the green railing.         Simple stitches were used to embellish her dress and her hair was made by stitching it with locks of doll's hair used for porcelain doll-making.   It is such a lovely...

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