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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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How to make stumpwork Hydrangeas

  Hello, Stitching World ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ Would you like to add more dimension to your embroidery? This tutorial will help show you how easy it is ♥ How to make Stumpwork Hydrangeas I have some new photos of a favourite technique and for those who are learning for the first time or refreshing their skills, here they are... For interesting dimensional flowers, stumpwork Hydrangeas are ideal.  The Hydrangeas are made...

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How to make short hair with embroidery thread

Little boy’s hair 1. Use all six strands of Rajmahal no. 171 (Woodlands) thread (don’t separate the strands). You can also use a fine silk or Rayon thread from your stock. Start just underneath the rim of the hood. Make long Single-Knotted stitches alongside each other. Work over a spare tapestry needle and pull the loop downwards towards the eyes as you anchor each stitch. By pulling the stitch...

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Hints and tips from Di van Niekerk

Hints and tips from Di van Niekerk   Threading up The general rule for this kind of embroidery:   Use one strand of the thread where possible — it always looks better when one strand is used in a design. Rather use more stitches instead of thick, bulky threads to fill in the detail. Separate one strand from the six and thread onto a size 8, 9 or 10...

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A Strelitzia in Stumpwork
Today I want to show you how to make a Strelitzia using a stumpwork technique. It's from my book "A Perfect World in Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork: Enjoy!
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Free Tutorial- L is for Love

A Free Tutorial – L is for Love This tutorial is for every mother who tirelessly looks after the well-being of her children, her animals and her family, day after day, no matter what. I salute you all! This is the second free tutorial in the Monogram series and hopefully, you will like it enough to make a lovely gift for a special occasion. Enjoy!  The L Monogram. What...

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The A Monogram- a Free Tutorial

    ♥ George Eliot wrote: What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?   Hello Stitching World, I hope you are all safe and well. What with many countries being in lockdown and others opting to stay safe at home, I thought you may like to make a monogram or two for Christmas gifts, hopefully, one of the letters...

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Blue Bench in a Rose Garden

Hello, stitching world ♥ I hope you are safe and well, and that it stays that way.  Today I have a free tutorial for you with some really good ideas. What with everything that is happening in the world and with social distancing and self-isolation, hopefully, this post will inspire you today. You may feel like stitching as it is soothing on the nerves and helps to while away the hours...

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Pink Delight, Chapter 1 to 6 - Complete Kit

This kit contains ALL the threads, ribbons, yarns and fibres, plus the embroidery panel that you require for Pink Delight, Chapters 1 to 6. Purchase the complete kit here Pink Delight is a popular online lesson that I have been teaching on my blog. From the beginner to the advanced embroiderer, everyone will enjoy this lovely project. For those seeing this for the first time, you are welcome to follow from Chapter...

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How to embroider a landscape in ribbon embroidery – Chapter 6

Good morning everybody, I know that some of you have been waiting anxiously for the final chapter, Chapter 6 and... here it is!   It's a perfect way to learn online. From the beginner to the advanced, everyone will enjoy this lovely project. I am sure! For those seeing this for the first time, you are welcome to follow from Chapter 1 here.   I hope you will enjoy making it as...

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How to make stumpwork shapes

  How to make stumpwork shapes   I hope you are having a good week.   Today I will show you how to make stumpwork shapes which are useful when you require dimension in your piece.     A shape like a leaf, for example, is made on a separate piece of fabric. The shape is cut out and then applied to the design, adding instant height which complements ribbon embroidery...

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