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News—First Edition 2015

 

♫♬♪♫♬  Greetings to you from a hot and sunny Cape Town. I hope you are well and loving the change of seasons.

 
 
 
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Here, the gardens are looking beautiful—lush and green and vibrant. Everywhere I walk, I see signs that autumn will soon be here. The squirrels are enthusiastically collecting treats for their pantry, the butterflies, the bees are enjoying the pollen and the guinea fowl chicks are all grown up now. For those of you experiencing the signs of spring, I am sure that you are thrilled to see all the new growth around you. It has been an extremely cold and a snowy season for many of you living in the Northern Hemisphere.
 

 
 
 
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This time of the year is always a busy one for creative people. We seem to find that extra burst of energy for new projects and some have written to say how much they like all the new designs that have been launched.
 
I have some gorgeous, inspiring ideas to show you and these will surely motivate you to start stitching today.
 
And there is a NEW COMPETITION! But more about this a little later…

 
 
 
 

WHAT IS NEW?

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
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   JK3. Roses, Fuchsias, Hydrangeas, Jasmine – new kit  
 
I am pleased to tell you that this very popular Jill Kirstein design is now available in kit form.
Embroidered by the gifted Emma Kriegler from South Africa, I just love this picture   
 
Click on the image for more information. Enjoy!
 

 
 
 
 
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Red Rose Wreath  
 
This lovely Rose Wreath, printed onto pure cotton cloth, is ready to embroider. Available in three sizes: small, medium and large.
 
The panels don’t have instructions or a colour picture, only the printed panel. but you can use the instructions in our Little Flowers book from page 76–92 as a guide,
 
or use your own artistic license to create your masterpiece,
or why not contact your nearest stockist to enquire about silk ribbon embroidery classes?
 
I can’t wait to see your completed piece.
Please email us your photographs. It’s always so heart-warming to see what you make and I must take this opportunity to thank everyone who shares their work with us. This is the ultimate prize for all of us at Crafts Unlimited!
 

 
 
 
 
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Double Roses and Wild Roses  
 
Especially for Silk Ribbon Embroiderers! Two exquisite  designs by Sonie Ames, each one printed on a large block of pure cotton cloth and available in three sizes.
 
Click on the size image that you prefer to see all the information.
 
There are no instructions or colour pictures, only the printed panel, but you can use the instructions in the Little Flowers book from page 121–138 and 140–154 as a guide.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

NEW! Licenses reintroduced for a short time only

 
Many newcomers to silk ribbon embroidery have not yet seen these wonderful landscapes,
and we also receive frequent requests from established embroiderers for them,
so I have renewed these licenses for one more year.
Don’t miss out this time around… here are the four magnificent designs!
 

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WHLE27: Girl with white horse

 
 
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This enchanting canvas comes in kit form and printed panels are available (ready to embroider) in medium and large size.
 
Ask for the WHLE27: Girl with white horse” panels at your nearest stockist.
 

 
 
 
 
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WH06 - The Curtain

 
This peaceful canvas, comes in kit form and printed panels are available (ready to embroider) in medium and large size.
 
Ask for the “WH06-The Curtain” panel at your nearest stockist and don’t forget to ask if they have silk ribbon embroidery classes.
 
Enjoy and don’t forget to send us your photos!

 
 
 
 

Box of Lessons 1 – Wish You Were Here

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
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This gorgeous scene comes in kit form as a Box Full of Lessons and it is a perfect learning tool for the complete beginner to ribbon embroidery. Read more about it here.
 
Printed panels are available (ready to embroider) in medium and large size.
 
Ask for the “Wish you were here” panels at your nearest stockist.
 

 
 
 
 

The CADILLAC

 
 
 

 
 

 
 
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This peaceful canvas comes in kit form and the printed panels are also available (ready to embroider) in medium and large size.
Ask for the panels at your nearest stockist and don’t forget to enquire if they have silk ribbon embroidery classes!
 
 
♫♬♪♫♬ And the good news:   there should be quite a bit of ribbon and thread left over from these kits  as we pack full skeins of thread and full packets of ribbon in the kit. This way you can be sure that if you want to make a few practice stitches, or need to redo a section, there will be enough to do so.
 
I find that if just enough ribbons and threads are added in a kit, it is tricky to make any changes or to add more colour to suit your own personal taste. With the generous supplies in our kits you can use the surplus to replenish your stock, to complete future projects, or to share with a friend.
 

 
 
 
 

More good news

 
So do take this opportunity to stock up—it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and nothing could be easier than having everything that you need at your fingertips when inspiration strikes.
 
All the kits above qualify for a BONUS HAMPER!
 
There are other kits on special offer and remember that any kit amounting to more than R950 (about 76 US$ or 72 Euro, depending on the exchange rate on the day) you will also receive the Bonus Hamper. Have a look on this page. Enjoy!
 

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It is to your advantage for you to order from us in South Africa right now, as the value of our Rand is around
12 to 1 in US$,
13 to 1 in Euro,
18 to 1 in British Pounds
9 to 1 in AU$.
For example, R1000 (divided by 12) is only 81 US$.
 
After you have chosen a product and are not sure of the price in your own currency, click on VIEW IN YOUR CURRENCY to see what it costs.
 
 

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Tutorials, Blogs and Inspiration

 
 
 

 
 

 
 
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I have written several tutorials and blogs that you may have missed.
 
1. I have been having fun  with your silk and a pleater
 
2. How to make 3-D Chamomiles and
 
3. How to make Flower stems and
 
4. All about Padded Leaf shapes for stumpwork.
 
 
Enjoy!
 
 
 

 
 
 
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….and for sheer inspiration, you are welcome to join me on my Facebook page to see beautiful pieces, like this one by the talented Vera Kryvogub from Kiev, Ukraine and from many other gifted embroiderers from around the world.
 
Before I forget, you are welcome to subscribe for free and receive email updates as soon as I post something new!
 
Be the first to know about our new releases, special discounts and free designs.
 
If you would like to forward this newsletter to a friend, click on share it with a friend.
 

 
 
 
 
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THE COMPETITION

 
  Circle of Roses-Circle of Love  
 
Every now and then an exceptional design comes along that will melt the heart of many an embroiderer. This is one of them and it has a special purpose….. To become a timeless masterpiece in recognition of someone precious, someone exceptional, someone who has made a difference in your life—made your life easier and enhanced it.
 
Here is a perfect opportunity to make this exquisite Circle of Roses for that very special individual to say:
 
  “I acknowledge you, and thank you, for what you have done, for what you mean to me”.  
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Read all about this special competition here. It’s going to be good therapy!
You are also welcome to download the PDF with all the information here.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

OTHER NEWS

 
 
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THE FIRE  
 
Early in the morning on Sunday 01 March, a fire started on the slopes of Muizenberg, one of our beloved hiking spots.
 
People watched in horror as the fire spread, the flames fanned by gale-force winds. It was impossible to control and soon the fire spread across our mountain, burning everything in its path. To make matters worse, day 3 saw a temperature of 42 degrees Celsius (a little over 107 Fahrenheit) and Cape Town had its hottest day in 100 years.
 
In fact, Cape Town was declared the hottest place in the world on 03 March. This made life very difficult for the 500 plus firemen, many of them volunteers, fighting 14 different fires across the peninsula. The fire destroyed everything in its path, the grasslands, trees, animals and houses. Parts of our mountain looked like an alien landscape. Over 4,000 hectares was burnt.
 
See more photos here and a big THANK YOU  to all the heroes who saved so many lives and so many homes.

 
 
 
 

A NEW MEMBER OF OUR TEAM:   
 
I would like to welcome Somaya Ajouhaar (or Sumi, as she is known) to the Crafts Unlimited team. Sumi is assisting Renn with sales and marketing and soon you will get to know her too. I would like to thank the brilliant team here at Newlands for all their hard work and commitment: Renn and John, Maureen and Tamara, Sweetness and Sumi, Leticia and George, Steven and Mellisa, Emma and Carol and the amazingly supportive, Werner Etsebeth. Thank you everyone, without you, none of this would be possible   

 
 
 
 

WILSIA METZ OF METZ PRESS:   
 
My friend and publisher, Wilsia Metz has been very ill in hospital in Johannesburg and we all wish her a speedy recovery. Life in Cape Town is not the same without you! Come home soon….
 

 
 
 
 

ABOUT CREATIVE PEOPLE  
 
You may find this an interesting read.
I certainly did and it is spot-on!
 
25 Things Creative People Do Differently:
 
 
– They work when the work comes to them…meaning that they only paint, draw, write, sew, dance, or write out business plans when they feel like it. Creative people know the mind performs best in small bursts of concentrated work.
 
 
 
– They probably don’t have a “normal” job. Read more here.  
 

 
 
 
 
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Free gift for you

 
The Medium Cottage series is always popular with embroiderers, and I have a lovely gift for you to download for your collection with every order that you place on my website.
Print the design onto fabric and embroider it with ribbon or thread, make a lovely card or decoupage a jewellery box, use it to make a journal cover for a special friend… whatever takes your fancy!
 
 

 
 
 
 

AFRICAN SUNSHINE

 
 
 

 
 

 
 
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Here is a happy Sugarbird in Kirstenbosch Gardens, not far from here, to brighten up your day!
I think he is trying to tell you to take some time off for yourself…
 
Thank you Linda Rose for your beautiful photography, and your patience— I know how long you wait for these little creatures to pose for you!
 

 
 
 
 

  NEW STOCKISTS  
 
 
I have added new stockists to the list and we wish them a warm welcome. We have many dedicated and talented stockists and teachers throughout the world and if you would like to find one near you, this is the page to visit.  Use the search bar to type in the name of your country, for example: United States.
 
If you know of anyone in your area who may be interested in keeping my products, please contact us with their details and before long, you will be able to buy my ribbons and printed panels in a store near you!
 
I am so looking forward to seeing your COMPETITION entries!
 
Remember that all of the kits mentioned above are eligible for the BONUS HAMPER.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Until next time,

be safe and enjoy your embroidery

 

Love

and the team in Newlands, Cape Town

 
 
 
 
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