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Welcome to Di van Niekerk’s blog


It’s all about learning and sharing

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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Some African Sunshine for you   Hello stitching world! I see all the snow and the cold in many parts of the world and am sending you dazzling hot African Sunshine.   May it help to warm you up!    A baby face…..   Click on the images to enlarge   Safe with Mama!     […]

Pansies and Bumblebees by the talented Olga Smirnova from St. Petersburg

  Pansies and Bumblebees by the talented Olga Smirnova from St. Petersburg   Hello stitching world. I have something really gorgeous to share with you today by the much respected ribbon embroiderer, Olga Smirnova from St. Petersburg. I had the great pleasure of spending time with Olga when I visited her beautiful city and we got on […]

How to make interesting shadows and leaves for ribbon embroidery

  How to make interesting shadows and leaves with silk and woolly fibre           This short tutorial is from the best-selling book: Little Flowers by Di van Niekerk & Marina Zherdeva   How to make interesting shadows and leaves for ribbon embroidery    An extract from Wild Roses and Pink Blossoms on page 139.   […]

The Flower Seller by Manuela Scarpin from Italy

  Hello everybody ♫♥♫♫ I hope you are all well and happy!   I have been quite for a while as I have been teaching in Australia at the BATB Convention hosted by the beautiful Inspirations Magazine. What a wonderful time we all had and I will tell you more in my October newsletter.     Today, I have […]

The waterfall at Silvermine

    The waterfall at Silvermine on Sunday  :-)     Click on the image to enlarge        

Wild Orchids and Roses

  Hello everybody ◕‿◕ We are back from the fabulous International Quilt Convention Africa and I thought I would show you Emma Kriegler and Jacqui O’ Connel’s gorgeous “Wild Orchids and Roses” that they created for the show. Hope this will inspire you today. For the latest news, you are welcome to visit this page on […]

The mountain

      My help is in the mountain Where I take myself to heal The earthly wounds That people give to me. I find a rock with sun on it And a stream where the water runs gentle And the trees which one by one give me company. So must I stay for a […]

Little creatures on our mountains

Hello, I thought you would enjoy seeing these little creatures that we see on our hikes around Cape Town Linda Rose took this photo of a beautiful Lizard on Chapman’s Peak   Click on the images to enlarge         and look at the little Sunbirds that she photographed on Table Mountain ♥   […]

Montpon-Ménestérol in France

  24700 Montpon-Ménestérol in France   A warm welcome to Valérie Simonin of Le chat qui brode in Montpon-Ménestérol in FRANCE   Le chat qui brode in Montpon-Ménestérol now keeps my ribbons and the panels/designs and ribbons  for my books.   Click on the images to enlarge               Valérie Simonin address details are:   Name of the business: […]

International Quilt Convention Africa

  International Quilt Convention Africa     Soon we will be travelling to Johannesburg for the International Quilt Convention Africa.   My publisher, Wilsia Metz of Metz Press and I met last week to design our stand and it’s going to be beautiful!   I am so excited and can’t wait to see all the […]

Overlooking Hout Bay

Hiking in Silvermine…. Overlooking Hout Bay.    Click on image to enlarge      

Superb ribbon embroidery by Sonia Canlay from La Bouilladisse in France

  G’Day, stitching world ♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪   Oh but I have a beauty for you today! A gorgeous piece by Sonia Canlay from La Bouilladisse, which is in Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France.   Click on the images to enlarge          Irresistible Irises and Spring flowers! Don’t you just love them?     Sonia (Cоня Кленицка) wrote to me: […]

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

  Jonkershoek Nature Reserve outside Stellenbosch – a hiker’s paradise!   Click on the images to enlarge                

Sand dunes near Fish Hoek

  On the way back from Peers Cave above Fish Hoek Sand Dunes…   Click on the images to enlarge                

Olive Owl by Lena Thiel from Sweden

  Hello stitching world :) Today I have a beautiful project to share with you, created by Lena Thiel from Sweden. Lena made this remarkable iPad cover by combining silk ribbon embroidery, thread work and felting — an outstanding fusion of crafts and I thought that you would enjoy seeing her creation. This piece Lena […]

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