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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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Emma Kriegler - a talented embroidery teacher is now in Cape Town!

Emma Kriegler - a super-talented embroidery teacher is now in Cape Town!  Emma Kriegler is well-known to many as she has made quite a few of our most popular designs and kits. I met Emma 23 years ago in Johannesburg when she came to my workshops in Johannesburg. When the classes became too large, I asked her to help me to teach and when I left Johannesburg for Cape...

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A Fabulous Teacher In Kloof, KZN - Annamaria Kelly

A Fabulous Teacher In Kloof, KZN - Annamaria Kelly A shoutout to all embroidery fans living in Durban and the surrounding areas of Kloof. Would you like to attend fun and friendly classes near you?The super-talented Annamaria Kelly has moved from Johannesburg to Kloof! She has set up her studio, all ready to teach you classes in silk ribbon embroidery, stumpwork and needle painting amongst other kinds of needlecrafts. I'll show...

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Ribbon Embroidery by Annisa Lam of Dancing Needles in Hong Kong

I have to show you this amazing embroiderer's work - Ribbon Embroidery by Annisa Lam of Dancing Needles in Hong Kong! It's from one of our most popular kits/courses - the Pink Delight step-by-step course. This is a fabulous way to learn how to create a stunning piece in silk ribbon embroidery. You can learn online by following here and you can buy the kit (it's on sale while stocks...

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The Letter C by Carman Chan

Monograms in silk ribbon embroidery Don't you love the colours in this monogram by Carman Chan from Hong Kong? Carman is a student of Annisa Lam's Dancing Needles Studio in Hong Kong and she kindly shared her beautiful monograms with us.Carman wrote: "Appreciate your beautiful panel designs and your books which give me ideas on how to fill in the details!" Here is her beautiful letter C from page 64 of...

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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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Lisa French from Deary in Idaho

Don't you just love this display of my silk ribbons in Lisa French's new shop in Deary, Idaho? I love her ideas! I will post more pictures as soon as Lisa sends them to me. She has a lovely range of my ribbons and kits, books.Lisa has some interesting projects on the go! They are expert restorers, everything is carefully restored by hand and they have been featured on Discovery+...

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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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A Beautiful Ballerina

​The lovely Ballerina in Silk Ribbon Embroidery by Armineh Khanbabian from California​Don't you just love this lovely piece? ​I asked Armineh to write a little about herself and this is what she wrote:   Hi Di, I am a retired educator who saw a beautifully framed embroidery on a colleague’s wall.  In 2014 my friend introduced me to Mania​ BADMAGRIAN, the master and great teacher who lit the love of embroidery in...

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