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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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Grab Stitch - How to make a small rosebud

 Hi to everyone! Today I'm adding a small clip to my Instagram page where I show how to form a little cute rosebud with a detached chain stitch (lazy daisy) and then how to make the calyx with a grab stitch. This technique helps to create a neater stitch with a narrow tip and you are able to add the stem at the same time by twisting the needle...

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How to fill in a monogram or initial in raised stem-stitch

How to fill in a monogram or initial in raised stem-stitch Hello stitching world ♪♫♬♪ Today, I thought I would show you how to embroider a letter in raised stem-stitch — an ideal way to form a three-dimensional shape with a lovely texture. The letter C is filled in with raised stem-stitch. Click on the image to enlarge    When you need a personalised gift for a special occasion orwhen making a decorative piece for your home:a...

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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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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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How to Make a Monogram – The Letter W

 A free tutorial: How to Make a Monogram – The Letter W  Hello, stitching world  •*¨*•♫♪. I hope you are having a good day today.   Do you have the letter W in your name or does a special person in your life have a name that starts with a W?This is from me to you for World Embroidery Day on 30 July! Enjoy!      This monogram is on pages 104...

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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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Embroidering the letters of a word, name or sentence

Embroidering lettersMaking letters and words in silk ribbon embroidery Good afternoon stitching world ♪♫♬♪Today, I thought I would show you something about embroidering letters to form words, names, and sentences.When you need a personalised gift for a special occasion or to make a decorative piece for your home, then words, names, and sentences can be especially useful.This lesson is from my Embroidered Alphabets and Monograms and Words book: page 47.  ...

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