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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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Learn how to create Leaf Shapes for Embroidery

Silk Ribbon Embroidery and stumpwork - how to make 3-D leaves  Learn how to create Leaf Shapes for Embroidery – Adding Dimension🍃A FREE step-by-step tutorial on how to create padded shapesthat can be used to add a subtle dimension (or an air of luxury) to an otherwise ordinary design.See the video clip on my Instagram page hereYou will find out mnore about my book hereEnjoy!

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How to make a Butterfly in 3-D Embroidery

Hello, stitching world! It is a stunning day in Cape Town and it's difficult to think about working, but I have not written a blog for quite a while. Have been busy with some beautiful new projects and I have been doing step-by-step photography to show embroiderers how it is done. I often wonder if readers really know how much time it takes to create step-by-step photographs! It never...

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Beautiful Roses for you

♥ Spider-web and stem stitch roses Click on the images to enlarge First, make a spider-web rose to form the centre and then use stem stitches to form the outer petals. Work in a circular pattern around the centre with a gentle tension so the petals are soft and rounded. Have a look here for the spider-web rose and here for the stitch diagram of the stem stitch rose. Enjoy...

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How to Trapunto the Periwinkle Fairy

Hints and tips from Di van Niekerk   Trapunto   Trapunto (from the Italian word trapungere meaning to embroider) is an ideal method for raising a shape (such as a Fairy) up off the surface of the design. It is a form of padded embroidery where the shape is outlined in small stab stitches, working through all the layers of fabric. The back layer is then cut open and...

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How to make oranges

How to make oranges - a free tutorial for you ♥ Hello! The sun is shining happily in Cape Town and it's a beautiful day and today I thought you would enjoy learning how to make oranges! Here is the tutorial from my book: Ribbon embroidery and stumpwork.  Panel 10 from the flower sampler in the book... Click on image to enlarge A list of what you need for the little orange...

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery-How to Make a Tansy Fairy

Good morning! Today I have a beautiful Fairy to show you…I am sure that many of you will enjoy seeing her, as she is doing what we all love best — embroidery   The Tansy Flower Fairy™, embroidered by the talented Marina Zherdeva from Moscow. This is the original artwork by Cicely Mary Barker… And this is how Marina has made it into a masterpiece in embroidery, so dimensional…....

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How to embroider a tree ...

Hi everybody — hope you are well and looking forward to the weekend. Today I thought I would show you how to make a tree in ribbon embroidery... These trees are found in my Dreamscapes book from the Swan Cottage design. The green tree Make the branches The branches of the tree are formed with wool. Choose chenille or velvet-like corded wool or any wool of similar appearance.  ...

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Leaf Shapes for Embroidery - Adding Dimension

Today I would like to teach you how padded shapes can be used to add a subtle dimension (or an air of luxury) to an otherwise ordinary design.   On page 80 of my Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork book, the Arum Lily leaf was padded with one layer of felt.   Method   Trace the shape of a leaf (similar to the leaves below) onto tracing paper. Pin or staple...

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How to make a Dog Rose with Silk Ribbon

Learn how to make a gorgeous Dog Rose with Silk Ribbon in our latest IGTV which details the technique step-by-step. These beautiful flowers are so much fun to make and don’t you just love this little bee? 🐝 You will find it here on my Instagram page. ••••• #dicraftribbons#dicraftembroidery#creativeribbonembroidery#silkribbons#ribbonembroidery#divanniekerk

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How to make silk ribbon Poinsettias for Christmas

  This lovely Christmas decoration is now available as a download. It's a free gift from Dicraft Studios and we hope you will enjoy making it! I have grouped four designs on one page for you to print in colour or to trace onto fabric. You can fold two designs in half to make a front and a back or you can make 4 separate decorations, whatever suits you...

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