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everything silk ribbon embroidery and more…

Here you will find the latest news and updates, learn more about stitches and techniques, see beautiful embroidered pieces to inspire you, learn from work in progress… and I will show you gorgeous embroideries by talented artists the world over!

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A limited Edition - a knitted handbag

  Hello everybody :) I have been so busy with the step-by-step photography for a new book and I’ve scarcely had time to breathe! But today, I am able to take a break. So I thought I would show you a new project which will be launched shortly. Do you like the concept?   Click on […]

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 because we have been busy with a beautiful new book and gorgeous new projects and I have been doing the step-by-step photography to show embroiderers how it […]

How to make a Monogram – The Letter W

    A free tutorial: How to make a Monogram – The Letter W     Hello stitching world  •*¨*•♫♪. It’s a lovely rainy day in Cape Town—perfect for ribbon embroidery. I hope you are having a good day too.   Do you have the letter W in your name or does a special person […]

Ideas for heirloom bootees with silk ribbon

    Heirloom Bootees by Di van Niekerk     Hello stitching world, hope you are having a good day!   Today I thought I would give you some ideas of what to do with hand-knitted bootees that need a little bit extra for a special occasion.     Hand-knitted bootees are always a popular […]

Ribbon Embroidery-Marika Mamuchishvili

Hello stitching world!   I have something to inspire you today…   Beautiful ribbon embroidery by  Marika Mamuchishvili from Tbilisi in Georgia.   Marika wrote:   “I want to show you my  pictures and get some advice. I bought your DVD’s from Amazon. They  helped me a lot  and  introduced to me  the wonderful world of silk […]

How to make a Monogram - The Letter H

  How to make a Monogram – The Letter H     ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸Hello from a cool and overcast Cape Town—summer is slowly fading away, that’s for sure. It’s nearly long weekend and so I thought that you would enjoy learning how to embroider the letter H for Happy Weekend!  Enjoy ♥         This monogram […]


  Here is a happy Sugarbird in Kirstenbosch Gardens, not far from here…  to help brighten up your day!   Click on the image to enlarge     I think he is trying to tell you to take some time off for yourself today and tomorrow too…   Thank you Linda Rose for your beautiful […]


  Hello! Good Morning!    Click on the image to enlarge   Wherever you are, I hope you are having a good day   With love from Cape Town  

A NEW COMPETITION for all embroiderers

    The Circle Of Roses–Circle of Love design for the 2015 COMPETITION!     Read all about the competition here Or download the PDF here          Why not enter the Circle Of Roses–Circle of Love design for the 2015 COMPETITION!                   _____________________________________________________________       Every now and then […]

New designs for Ribbon Embroidery February 2015

Hello stitching world!   I have made a poster for you to see some of the gorgeous new panels that are available for silk ribbon embroidery. Many of these beauties are available from your nearest stockist.   The designs are printed on pure cotton fabric, in full colour, ready to embroider, using your own artistic license. As […]

I've been having fun with your silk and a Pleater

Hello everybody, I received this super idea from my friend Karen Fraser from California. Karen always comes up with innovative ideas and this one is brilliant…..   Click on the images to enlarge       Karen wrote:   These do not take long to make…. so… used a Pleater.  This is your 32mm silk […]

Hot African Sunshine for you

  Hello stitching world, it’s Friday and I am sending you a bit of Africa to brighten up your weekend!       I know many of you are surrounded by snow and ice, so I thought I would send you some lovely photos to warm you up. These were sent to me by Daphne Wilmot from Botswana.  […]

Roses and more by Vera Kryvogub from Kiev

  Good Morning, Goeie more, HOWDY, Buon Giorno, Bonjour, Guten Morgen, Selamat Pagi, Buenos Dias, God Morgen, Dobroye utro, Boker tov, kunjhani, Buenos Días, Wilujeng Enjing, Günaydin, Umhlala gahle, Bom Dia, добро утр-dobro utro,  Dobro jutro, G ‘day, Góðan daginn, בוקר טוב!!!, Hyvää huomenta, Dzień Dobry, Sugeng Enjing, Cao An, Ohayo Gozaimasu,  Labas Rytas,  Bună […]

Fuchsias, Roses & Delphiniums by Kristina Nilsson

  Hello everybody, it’s nearly weekend and to inspire you I have gorgeous ribbon embroidery to show you by the very talented Kristina Nilsson of   C R E A T I V E  E M B R O I D E R Y  O F  S W E D E N in Piteå, Sweden […]

How to make 3D Chamomiles

  Good morning stitching world. Top of the morning to you!   How to make 3D Chamomiles or Daisies      Click on the images to enlarge From our book: Little Flowers in Silk and Organza by Di van Niekerk and Marina Zherdeva. We hope that this tutorial will inspire you to make beautiful Chamomiles and […]

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