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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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Danielle by Maha Chayes from Dubai

Hello Stitching World, I hope you are well and safely at home, away from this virus. What with the lockdown in so many countries, I say thank goodness for our embroidery, it’s certainly keeping many of us busy and content with having to stay indoors! If there’s anything I can help you with, please, email […]

You and I - Beautiful Silk Ribbon Embroidery

  Hello, stitching world ♥ I hope you and your family are all safe and well. I have something lovely to show you by the talented Christine Chan from Arcadia in Los Angeles County. Christine always shares so generously with us, and for this, I am thankful. She is sure to inspire many of you with this […]

Blue Bench in a Rose Garden

  Hello, stitching world ♥ I hope you are safe and well, and that it stays that way.  Today I have a free tutorial for you with some really good ideas. What with everything that is happening in the world and with social distancing and self-isolation, hopefully, this post will inspire you today. You may feel like […]

A talented embroiderer from Chicago

  *¨*•♫♪ღ  Today I have some beautiful pieces to share with you from a talented designer and embroiderer living in Chicago. Have a look. Don’t you think her creations are spectacular?         I heard about Andrea Birkan when Rosemary, my sister-in-law, showed me a lovely book that Andrea is featured in and then […]

The Butterflies

  The Butterflies   Don’t you think that the delicate Campanula flowers are a perfect companion for the butterflies? I used various techniques including stumpwork for this design and I will teach it in a 3-day class in Appleby, England, at the Lady Anne’s Needlework Festival to be held from 4 to 17 July 2021. […]


  It’s Friday ♫♬♪ and I thought you would enjoy seeing this beautiful masterpiece by Emma Kriegler from Stilbaai in South Africa Titled “Oranges-and-Bougainvillea” this lovely project is now available in kit form… perfect for all embroiderers :)   Click on the image to enlarge       To see close-up photographs of this beautiful […]

The Countdown is on! BATB 2020

  The Countdown Is On | BATB 2020     Don’t miss out! Why not join me in Australia in October? It’s so much fun! In a few days’ time, the bookings open for this world-class event in Australia. I will be teaching three workshops at BATB 2020 and registration opens on 3rd February 2020. […]

A Ballerina.....

    Hello everybody  ♥   I thought I would introduce you to a gifted embroiderer: Olga Smirnova from Saint-Petersburg in Russia   She made this exquisite ballerina and this is sure to brighten up your day!   Click on the images to enlarge                           […]

How to Trapunto the Periwinkle Fairy

  Hints and tips from Di van Niekerk   Trapunto   Trapunto (from the Italian word trapungere meaning to embroider) is an ideal method for raising a shape (such as a Fairy) up off the surface of the design. It is a form of padded embroidery where the shape is outlined in small stab stitches, […]


  HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish you Peace, Joy, Love and Happiness in 2020.  May it be a very good year for you and your family! My wish for 2020 is that all the fires in Australia are extinguished by many days of soft, soaking rain. Sending you the angels from Cape Town. 

Happy Christmas!

    ♥ Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas!          

A Beautiful Gift Voucher

  ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ Hello, stitching world, it’s nearly time for the holidays and you may be interested in a lovely Gift voucher for that special stitcher in your life!    To order a beautiful, personalised gift voucher, please email me directly at di@dicraft.com    Have a good week ♥     . . . #dicraftribbons  #dicraftembroidery  #creativeribbonembroidery […]

Latest News from Di van Niekerk

  The latest Newsletter is here.   Read about all the workshops, hope to see you there!    

Walking the Dog

  WH1999-32 Walking the dog. Don’t you just love this scene? It’s perfect for creative embroidery. Embroidered by Annamaria Kelly from Fourways in Johannesburg. Thank you, Annamaria, for sharing your talent so that others may also learn. Use this lovely picture as a guide and enjoy your embroidery Love Di van Niekerk ♥       Happy weekend, […]

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