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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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Handy Hints - How to Make an Embroidered Hat and Basket

  Hi good morning from a sunny Cape Town!  Today I thought I'd show you how to make an embroidered hat and a basket like the two in this design.   It's quite a simple technique yet it has stunning results.  This is from “The Bicycle” design where the hat and basket were made separately and then stitched on to the main design.     Make the Hat On a...

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Marguerite Daisies in Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Silk Ribbon Daisies See how these daisies are almost life-like in their appearance, raised up off the surface of the design? An as promised I will show you how these daisies are made… .   . How to make Three-Dimensional Daisies in Silk Ribbon Hi, good day from a sunny Cape Town A few weeks ago, I promised to show you how to make silk ribbon daisies with a...

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Ophelia- a Beautiful Embroidery by Christine Chan via Dicraft.com

        Hi, hello! I’m back from hiking amongst the wildflowers on the West Coast not far out of Cape Town and having caught up with the backlog, I want to show you a gorgeous classic piece of artwork, embroidered by the talented Christine Chan from Arcadia in Los Angeles County. Ophelia is a 1894 oil on canvas painting by the English painter John William Waterhouse and the embroidery...

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How to Make White Roses Using a French Knot Technique

  French Knot Roses See the white rose arch above the gate in this picture? These are French Knot Roses from our Lady in Red project/kit They are easy to make with stunning results and I will show you how on to this page. .   . In Karen's instructions, she wrote: . White Rose Bush Make the French knot roses in Di van Niekerk's silk ribbon: 2mm and 4mm white (103) ribbon. Add...

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A Free Tutorial - Silk Ribbon Roses in a Woven Basket

  Hi everyone! Today, I thought I would show you how to weave a basket and how to make Folded Ribbon Roses to fill it. If you would like to make a beautiful project the complete kit is available from us here. .  . . Method Make the BASKET . Use two strands of brown perlé thread on a medium chenille needle and work Woven Filling stitch  to form the basket. . Hint:...

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How to Embroider a Tree in the Background

Would you like to learn how to embroider a tree with fluffy-looking leaves?

This tree has an interesting texture and many have asked how to make the fluffy-looking tree with leaves that have a feathery texture. I will show you how...
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A Free Tutorial - Daisy Bracelet in Felt and Silk Ribbon

A Free Tutorial Hello, good morning! Today I have a lovely project to teach you and I hope you will enjoy making this lovely bracelet as much as I did!   You will be able to download the PDF for your collection from a link that will follow at the end of this tutorial.   A Daisy Bracelet in Felt and Silk Ribbon Embroidery By Di van Niekerk  Enjoy!...

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How to fill in a monogram or initial in raised stem-stitch

How to fill in a monogram or initial in raised stem-stitch Hello stitching world ♪♫♬♪ Today, I thought I would show you how to embroider a letter in raised stem-stitch — an ideal way to form a three-dimensional shape with a lovely texture. The letter C is filled in with raised stem-stitch. Click on the image to enlarge    When you need a personalised gift for a special occasion orwhen making a decorative piece for your home:a...

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How to make 3D Chamomiles

  Good morning stitching world. Top of the morning to you!   How to make 3D Chamomiles or Daisies      Click on the images to enlarge From our book: Little Flowers in Silk and Organza by Di van Niekerk and Marina Zherdeva. We hope that this tutorial will inspire you to make beautiful Chamomiles and Daisies for all sorts of projects in the future. Enjoy!       ___________________________________________________________________________...

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