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The Blue hussif or handy-hold-all. English roses on felted wool and silk

  Hold-all/Hussif – Roses on felted wool and silk – page 113    A Beautiful kit for the new book: The Art of Felting and Silk Ribbon Embroidery  Learn how to make gorgeous three-dimensional roses on a rich and textured hand-felted background. The background is handmade from African wool and mohair and rich silk fibres have been added for lustrous effects. Learn all the secrets of how to make a successful masterpiece...

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A Daisy Bracelet or cuff from my new book....

Hello, stitching world ♬❤♬ Hope you are well and happy and enjoying your embroidery! I thought you would enjoy seeing this gorgeous piece that I made for our new book, The art of felting and silk ribbon embroidery that will be available very soon! It's a daisy bracelet or cuff and it looks perfect when worn with a long sleeve jersey or T.   Read more about the kit here   Click on the...

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Inspiration on World Embroidery Day

  Hello, stitching world! I hope you are having a good weekend. It’s a cool and cloudy day in Cape Town, perfect for embroidery. Tomorrow the 30 July is World Embroidery Day and so I thought it was a good occasion to show you some new creations.  A Daisy cuff or bracelet Here I combined silk ribbon embroidery with a felted band for a Marguerite daisy bracelet and I...

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The Art of Felting and Silk Ribbon Embroidery

    The Art of Felting and Silk Ribbon Embroidery   Learn and create beautifully embroidered silk and felt pieces by world renowned artist Di van Niekerk     Internationally renowned ribbon artist, Di van Niekerk, has brought the textile and embroidery worlds together to create a unique book that combines the two mediums, with fabulous results. Working in close association with felt specialist Toody Cassidy, and featuring art...

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Some new Fuchsias for you

    ♫♬♪ Good morning… it's a beautiful day in Cape Town.    New Fuchsias for our new book: THE ART OF FELTING AND RIBBON EMBROIDERY.   Showing you ideas close-up and soon you will be able to learn  step-by-step, with detailed photographs!               Have a good week stitching world   Love Di        

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Happy New Year!

    I wish you Peace, Love, Joy and Happiness… May it be a very good year for you ♥      

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Happy Christmas!

    Wishing you and your family and very Merry Christmas ♥   Have a super weekend filled with love and harmony. Travel safely!   Love Di    

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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

  Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your loved ones... Enjoy this special time and hope the turkey is delicious!   Love Di ♥      

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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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JK3 Roses, Fuchsias, Hydrangeas, Jasmine - KIT

  ◕‿◕   I am pleased to tell you that this very popular Jill Kirstein design is now available in kit form.      JK3. Roses, Fuchsias, Hydrangeas, Jasmine - new kit    Embroidered by the gifted Emma Kriegler from South Africa. I just love this picture ♥   Click on the image to enlarge   And more close-up detail… click on image to enlarge…       Don't you love her Fuchsias?   and more detail.......

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