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Blog > silk ribbon embroidery

Technicoloured Dream Box of Ribbon

♪♫♪♫ A New Release  A lovely gift box of my silk ribbons is now available from the amazing Inspirations Studios - home to the world's most beautiful needlework.  A limited-edition collection of hand-painted silk ribbons by Di van Niekerk.   16 dreamy shades: Candy Floss, Lilac, Snapdragon, Cerise, Custard, Lavender, Sunny Green, Kiwi Green, Peace Rose, Bridesmaid, Old Gold, Shrub, Strelitzia, Rose, Blue Green and Lemongrass A colour for everything,...

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Primroses and Violets

The beautiful Inspirations Magazine issue #115 | Primroses & Violets My favourite needlework magazine—the world's most beautiful needlework—issue #115 is now on the shelves and on the way to all subscribers! It features my Primroses and Violets project that I think you will enjoy making, I hope you will have as much fun as I had!What you will find in this issue...In this issue, you will find exquisite projects using...

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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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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 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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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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