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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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Emma Kriegler - a talented embroidery teacher is now in Cape Town!

Emma Kriegler - a super-talented embroidery teacher is now in Cape Town!  Emma Kriegler is well-known to many as she has made quite a few of our most popular designs and kits. I met Emma 23 years ago in Johannesburg when she came to my workshops in Johannesburg. When the classes became too large, I asked her to help me to teach and when I left Johannesburg for Cape...

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A Fabulous Teacher In Kloof, KZN - Annamaria Kelly

A Fabulous Teacher In Kloof, KZN - Annamaria Kelly A shoutout to all embroidery fans living in Durban and the surrounding areas of Kloof. Would you like to attend fun and friendly classes near you?The super-talented Annamaria Kelly has moved from Johannesburg to Kloof! She has set up her studio, all ready to teach you classes in silk ribbon embroidery, stumpwork and needle painting amongst other kinds of needlecrafts. I'll show...

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Ribbon Embroidery by Annisa Lam of Dancing Needles in Hong Kong

I have to show you this amazing embroiderer's work - Ribbon Embroidery by Annisa Lam of Dancing Needles in Hong Kong! It's from one of our most popular kits/courses - the Pink Delight step-by-step course. This is a fabulous way to learn how to create a stunning piece in silk ribbon embroidery. You can learn online by following here and you can buy the kit (it's on sale while stocks...

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The Letter C by Carman Chan

Monograms in silk ribbon embroidery Don't you love the colours in this monogram by Carman Chan from Hong Kong? Carman is a student of Annisa Lam's Dancing Needles Studio in Hong Kong and she kindly shared her beautiful monograms with us.Carman wrote: "Appreciate your beautiful panel designs and your books which give me ideas on how to fill in the details!" Here is her beautiful letter C from page 64 of...

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How to make cute strawberries with ribbon embroidery

How to make cute strawberries with ribbon embroidery Would you like to make some strawberries for a design that you are working on? You could also use the ideas below to make single strawberries for your Christmas tree or to decorate a Christmas wreath and presents! This is the strawberry design that I made using an interesting technique that I hope you will enjoy using in your own creations. The cute...

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Fluffy Friends!

Fluffy Friends, don’t you just love this design? It’s one of our bestselling kits and I think you can see why!  This gorgeous piece was embroidered by Sophia Barkhoudarian from California, and I asked her to write a little about herself. This is what she wrote: “Thank you very much for sharing my embroidery. I made this panel for my granddaughter (I have three granddaughters) and made the ballerina for...

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A Beautiful Ballerina

​The lovely Ballerina in Silk Ribbon Embroidery by Armineh Khanbabian from California​Don't you just love this lovely piece? ​I asked Armineh to write a little about herself and this is what she wrote:   Hi Di, I am a retired educator who saw a beautifully framed embroidery on a colleague’s wall.  In 2014 my friend introduced me to Mania​ BADMAGRIAN, the master and great teacher who lit the love of embroidery in...

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A Gift for You- African Daisy Design

For Embroidery month, which is in February every year, I have a lovely free design for you to download and keep.  These African Daisies are perfect for a quick or not-so-quick project - it depends on what you do with them! Make small designs by choosing blocks within the design, or make the entire piece, you choose. Use threads and ribbons or whatever takes your fancy...Looking forward to seeing...

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A Beautiful New Studio in Johannesburg

Are you wanting to attend classes in Johannesburg in tranquil surroundings with one of South Africa's most experienced and talented tutors? Then I have good news for you![caption id="attachment_18663" align="alignnone" ] Jacqui O' Connell[/caption] Jacqui O' Connell has been teaching for more than 20 years and she has moved into her gorgeous new studio in LINDEN, Johannesburg. She teaches all kinds of embroidery, from ribbon to Jacobean, stumpwork to needle...

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A gift-lovely border patterns are perfect for small projects

A gift for you Some lovely border patterns for you! They are perfect for small projects. Download them for your collection from my website here:A Gift from Di van Niekerk - Border Patterns These lovely borders are perfect for small projects, or you can repeat them for a larger one.Use on the edge of a pocket or on the hem of a blouse, jersey, or jeans.Make a perfect journal cover too!The...

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