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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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Blog > Hints and tips silk ribbon embroidery and stumpwork

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 10 by Di van Niekerk-Embroidering Hair

  Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 10 by Di van Niekerk From a series of handy hints and tips for silk ribbon embroidery to save and keep for your collection. You are most welcome to share with your students or friends. I will be adding a new card every week until the series is complete. This is Hint 10… . . . Stranded silk threads complement the silk ribbon beautifully. ...

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 9 by Di van Niekerk

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 9 by Di van Niekerk   From a series of handy hints and tips for silk ribbon embroidery to save and keep for your collection. You are most welcome to share with your students or friends. I will be adding a new card every week until the series is complete. This is Hint 9… . . Stranded cotton is the most used thread for creative...

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 8 by Di van Niekerk
Hints and tips by Di van Niekerk. Just about any thread can be used in ribbon embroidery, if you can thread it through the needle and bring in through the fabric.  Otherwise, couch it in place. Just check that the threads are colourfast before starting. Experiment with different threads to see how different the stitches appear when working with various thicknesses.
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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 7 by Di van Niekerk

To twist the ribbon, twirl the needle once, twice, or more, depending on how many twists you would like in the stitch. Here are some examples of where the ribbon was twisted repeatedly until a cylindrical shape was formed for the stems. Secured onto the design with tiny stab stitches and matching thread worked between the twisted sections of the ribbon. 

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 6 by Di van Niekerk
• Use the eye of a large needle (size 3 tapestry is ideal and gently hold the ribbon in place until you have pulled it through. Work with a gentle tension. Ribbon needs to be handled gently. Keep stitches
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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 4 by Di van Niekerk
To end off the ribbon: 
• Leave a 1 to 2cm (1/2 inch) tail at the back of your work. Secure with thread and tiny stab stitches. 
• Or catch the tail when you start your next stitch. 
• Or weave the ribbon in and out of adjacent stitches at the back of your work.
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Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hint 2 by Di van Niekerk

Last week I started a series of handy hints and tips for silk ribbon embroidery.I have made these cards for you to save and keep and you are welcome to share them with your students or friends. I will be adding a new card every week until the series is complete. This is Hint 2     To thread the ribbon: Thread the needle and pierce the end that has...

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Monday Hints and Tips by Di van Niekerk

Monday Hints and Tips by Di van Niekerk's Silk Ribbon Embroidery     About the Different Ribbons   . There is an amazing collection of ribbons in our range and these are available from our website www.dicraft.com.  Pure silk and sheer organza ribbon are, without a doubt, the best ribbons to use if you wish to create a true reflection of nature’s colours They are soft and pliable ribbons and...

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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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Hints and tips from Di van Niekerk - Hint 1

  Hints and tips from Di van Niekerk   Using Cling Wrap to protect your work   ◕‿◕  Good morning…I thought you would enjoy a free hint when working on a three-dimensional design.   Click on image to enlarge     If the loose-fitting appliqué or stumpwork shapes are bothering you whilst you stitch, or if they will be damaged by hard-working hands:  use a sheet of clear cellophane...

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