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Blog > silk ribbon embroidery

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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A Girl with a Horse by Ajitha Joseph

Hi, stitching world! I hope you are all having a good week. Today I have something lovely to show you by Ajitha Joseph from Bangalore in India.It's from our popular Girl with a Horse kit and she has done us proud! I love her rendition ♥ I love the simplicity of this design. I asked Ajitha to write a little about her embroidery journey and this is her reply: "My journey with...

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How to Embroider Long Hair and Ponytails.

How to Embroider Long Hair and Ponytails.   I have been asked to show how to make this little girl's hair, so I have written this short step-by-step tutorial. This lovely piece was embroidered for me by the talented Emma Kriegler. Hint: You may find it easier to work on the pre-printed fabric panel titled NR02 Fluffy Friends and Spring Blossoms. You will find the large-size panel here. The medium-size panel is...

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Ribbon Embroidery by So Siu Ping from Hong Kong

Good afternoon! Need some inspiration this Monday?  I have a beauty to show you ♥ Embroidered by the talented So Siu Ping from Hong Kong and don’t you just love what she made? The "Wish You Were Here" ribbon embroidery design that we sell in kit form under the Box Full of Lessons Series.This project is especially for the beginner but the advanced embroidered will also love the refresher...

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Olga's Roses

Olga's beautiful roses Hello, Stitching world! I have this unbelievably beautiful piece to share with you, embroidered by the talented @oliga.di on Instagram or Olga Basailov on FacebookHere is Olga's rendition of these beautiful roses, don't you think they are stunning? I love the way she made the basket too!This design is by Tatiana Popova from Kyiv in Ukraine. I met Tatiana when I visited her beautiful city and was so impressed with her...

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Juliet's Garden by Edith Bloecher from Germany

Don’t you love this beautiful garden scene? Titled Juliet’s Garden, it was embroidered by the talented Edith Bloecher from Germany. Don’t you wish you were there? I just LOVE her dragonflies...https://www.instagram.com/p/CSrp1AatFO1/  With silk ribbons from the Di van Niekerk range, I love how Edith used colour and simple stitches like ribbon stitch, folded ribbon roses, French knots, stem stitch, detached chain, amongst others, to create her masterpiece. You can learn...

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Beautiful Ribbon Embroidery by Olga Basailov

Beautiful Ribbon Embroidery by Olga Basailov. Blogpost by Di van Niekerk Hello, Stitching world! I have this unbelievably beautiful piece to share with you, created by the talented @oliga.di on Instagram or Olga Basailov on FacebookOlga found ribbon embroidery a year ago during the beginning of the pandemic. She used my work as an inspiration and one of my books (she loved the Fairy book) to learn the techniques. Once...

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How to Make a Little Rosebud

dicraft_embroideryLearn how to create a cute little rosebud with this stitch technique💕 Here is the reel (the fast version) on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRXRMsfnp22/If it's too fast for you, have a look at my IGTV for a full step-by-step tutorial on how to create this cute little rosebud.Enjoy!https://www.instagram.com/tv/CRXSFSSHXX5/

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How to Make a Cute Button with Felt and Silk Ribbons

Hi, stitching world! What are you busy making this weekend?Here is a button that I covered with handmade felt (but you could cover it with a linen or cotton fabric instead) and then embellish it with stitches. You can use cotton or silk thread or, like I did, use 2 and 4mm silk ribbons. Make a spider-web rose. Have a look on my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/tv/CJGHYBln8fT/  for the IGTV clips.You...

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A lovely piece by Leahu Marina Pavel

Happy Monday Stitching world💜I have a stunning piece to share with you by talented painter and embroiderer Leahu Marina Pavel (Ляху Марина) from Romania. Here is some of her story:“Dear Di,Several years ago I found your books unexpectedly. And I was very impressed by them! I was so much fascinated by the beauty of your art that I started to embroider the whole pictures by myself. I was ill...

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