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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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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 flower stems from wire

  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 […]

Water Lilies for you ....

    Good morning everybody. It’s a beautiful warm day in Cape Town – hope you are having a good Tuesday!   Today I thought I would show you a lovely piece embroidered by Anna Dunaevskaya, originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, now living in Petit Paris, France I love the way she has twirled the stems […]

Padded Leaf Shapes For Ribbon Embroidery

  Hello stitching world and a Happy New Year! May 2015 be a happy and creative year for you.   Today I would like to teach you how padded shapes can be used to add a subtle dimension (or an air of luxury) to an otherwise ordinary design….   On page 80 of my Ribbon Embroidery and […]

Happy New year!

Happy New Year! May 2015 greet you with days as fragrant as roses, as colourful as a rainbow, as bright as our sunshine and as happy and cheerful as this little sugarbird from Kirstenbosch Gardens. With love ♥      


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!     […]

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      

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