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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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A wonderful flower-maker from London

♥ Good morning!   Today I have some exquisite creations by Yelena Smirnova - a talented accessories designer from London.  These are sure to brighten your day …           Yelena wrote to me: “I love your flower-inspired page and blog, beautiful! Your fab tutorials are very helpful to learn silk ribbon embroidery techniques for my next projects, thank you very much for sharing your skills! I specialise in...

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Single-knotted stitch

 Single-knotted stitch  is a lovely stitch to use when you need a frilly texture - whether it be in the centre of a flower, for a lacy dress or jersey or a little dog. It is also useful for making other furry creatures and teddy bears. Click on image to enlarge  Click on the image to enlargeStitch diagrams are © 2012 Metz Press www.metzpress.co.za and Di van Niekerk www.dicraft.co.za To make this stitch:  Make a loop...

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A Lovely Little Rose Tree - Kit

New stock has arrived!A lovely little rose tree kit - perfect for the beginner and ideal gift for someone special.  Size of design is approximately 14 cm x 10 cm (5.5" x 4")The kit includes :- The linen panel with the image printed in full colour - another linen panel for you to make a separate little pot, or use the panel to make a second design for someone special. There...

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How to Make a Monogram – The Letter W

 A free tutorial: How to Make a Monogram – The Letter W  Hello, stitching world  •*¨*•♫♪. I hope you are having a good day today.   Do you have the letter W in your name or does a special person in your life have a name that starts with a W?This is from me to you for World Embroidery Day on 30 July! Enjoy!      This monogram is on pages 104...

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Embroidering the letters of a word, name or sentence

Embroidering lettersMaking letters and words in silk ribbon embroidery Good afternoon stitching world ♪♫♬♪Today, I thought I would show you something about embroidering letters to form words, names, and sentences.When you need a personalised gift for a special occasion or to make a decorative piece for your home, then words, names, and sentences can be especially useful.This lesson is from my Embroidered Alphabets and Monograms and Words book: page 47.  ...

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A free pattern to brighten up your day...

Hi everybody – hope you are having a good day ♥ I have a pattern for your collection to brighten up your day … Make a card or gift tag for a thank you gift. Print it onto paper or fabric for a special friend. Once embroidered, add it onto a beanie or a bib. Make a mobile phone pouch or cover the lid of a trinket box -...

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How to make a Butterfly in 3-D Embroidery

Hello, stitching world! It is a stunning day in Cape Town and it's difficult to think about working, but I have not written a blog for quite a while. Have been busy with some beautiful new projects and I have been doing step-by-step photography to show embroiderers how it is done. I often wonder if readers really know how much time it takes to create step-by-step photographs! It never...

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Beautiful Roses for you

♥ Spider-web and stem stitch roses Click on the images to enlarge First, make a spider-web rose to form the centre and then use stem stitches to form the outer petals. Work in a circular pattern around the centre with a gentle tension so the petals are soft and rounded. Have a look here for the spider-web rose and here for the stitch diagram of the stem stitch rose. Enjoy...

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery-How to Make a Tansy Fairy

Good morning! Today I have a beautiful Fairy to show you…I am sure that many of you will enjoy seeing her, as she is doing what we all love best — embroidery   The Tansy Flower Fairy™, embroidered by the talented Marina Zherdeva from Moscow. This is the original artwork by Cicely Mary Barker… And this is how Marina has made it into a masterpiece in embroidery, so dimensional…....

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How to embroider a tree ...

Hi everybody — hope you are well and looking forward to the weekend. Today I thought I would show you how to make a tree in ribbon embroidery... These trees are found in my Dreamscapes book from the Swan Cottage design. The green tree Make the branches The branches of the tree are formed with wool. Choose chenille or velvet-like corded wool or any wool of similar appearance.  ...

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