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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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Crazy Quilting & Silk Ribbon by Pam Peugh

Crazy Quilting & Silk Ribbon by Pam Peugh Hi Stitching World! Don’t you just love this gorgeous piece by Pam Peugh from Kearney in Missouri, US? It’s a panel/kit from us here at Dicraft (Tranquil Waters) and she added her own special crazy quilting by piecing the borders before starting on the panel. After completing the panel, she embellished the seams of the borders by adding more silk ribbon...

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A Passion for Needlework | The Whitehouse Daylesford

  I am so proud to be part of this gorgeous book titled: A Passion for Needlework | The Whitehouse Daylesford Compelled by the belief that every embroidery has a story waiting to be told, ‘A Passion for Needlework’ is a series of books that tell these stories. Stories of beautiful needlework set in stunning, unique locations. A Passion for Needlework | The Whitehouse Daylesford is the 4th release...

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Something really special by Lyudmila Deineko

♫♬♪  Hello stitching world — it’s been another cold and rainy day in Cape Town and to brighten up your day, I have something really special to show you by Lyudmila Deineko from Perm.   It's a magnificent wreath of roses in ribbon embroidery, for a special time of the year.     ...and here are the close-up details.      See how Lyudmila used the folded ribbon rose...

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Leslee McFerren Mixed Textile Artist

August 12, 2022 Good morning stitching world! ♥ Today I want to tell you about a talented embroiderer who will be teaching classes in Conroe, Texas. I have known Leslee for many years and I love her style of work. Here are the details. Wish I could be there! For those lucky enough to live nearby, Enjoy the workshops! Here are the details and scroll down to see Leslee's...

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A Lovely Shop in East Anglia. UK

Today I want to tell you about a lovely embroidery shop in Great Yarmouth. Susan Todd has been buying Dicraft products for many years and I asked her to tell me more about her shop which has been in business for 33 years!    Susan wrote:  The Embroidery and Cross Stitch Specialist in East AngliaVisit us in Great Yarmouth or online to view our range of specialist fabrics, threads, square...

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Where is the Sun?

  Where is the sun?      We need the sun urgently here in Cape Town!        Happy week!   Love Di ♥    

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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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Silk Ribbon Embroidery by the talented Lucie Duguay

I have something lovely to show you today! Silk Ribbon Embroidery by the talented Lucie Duguay from Lévis in eastern Quebec, Canada. Lucie sent me some pictures of her lovely creation and I asked Lucie to write a little about herself and her embroidery journey. This was her reply:“My retirement is a rebirth. I live as if I were 6 years old and not 60. I explore everything related...

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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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