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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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A Beautiful Hussif by Jenny Kim Smith from Las Vegas, Nevada

    Hello Stitching World! I hope you are well and happy. I have something gorgeous to show you today – a lovely felt and silk ribbon Hussif or handy-hold-all.   Jenny sent me some photos of her lovely piece and this is what she wrote:   “Finished this last night or should I say early […]

A Helmeted Guinea Fowl who lives in Kirstenbosch

  Hellooo!   There is an inquisitive Helmeted Guinea Fowl who lives in Kirstenbosch Gardens, not far from here, and he says he hopes to brighten up your day! I think he is trying to tell you to take some time off for yourself….   Click on the image to enlarge         Thank […]

Purple Irises

  Hello everybody, I am busy with the latest newsletter which we should be sending out soon, and I thought in the meantime, that you would like to see Jacqui O’ Connell’s rendition of our new Purple Irises design. Don’t you think it’s cute?   Click on the image to enlarge     Hope you […]

How To Design a Love-Life Journal Cover

  Hello I have a pretty tutorial for you today… a LOVE-LIFE journal cover to make for yourself or for that someone extra special. Simple stitches with ribbon and thread were used and the textures and colours complement each other nicely in this pretty design.   Remember that we have talented teachers and stockists throughout the world who offer classes […]

Sunny Flowers by Olga Smirnova

  Sunny Flowers by Olga Smirnova   Hello! Today I have some beautiful embroideries to show you by the talented ribbon embroiderer, Olga Smirnova, from St. Petersburg.   I had the great pleasure of spending time with Olga when I visited her beautiful city and I was so impressed with her work!   Olga kindly […]

Jacqui O’ Connell’s JK3 Roses Fuchsias hydrangeas & Jasmine

  Hello Stitching World ◕‿◕  Today I have a lovely piece to show you …. Jacqui O’Connell JK3 Roses, Fuchsias, hydrangeas & Jasmine that will surely inspire you today.     Click on the image to enlarge       Jacqui is a very talented teacher and stockist from her studio: Ribbon Room in Randburg, Johannesburg […]

The Royal School of Needlework - Ribbonwork classes

  Hello Stitching World. It’s nearly Friday, thank goodness, and I am not sure what happens to the week — it seems to be a blur these days. I have some news to share with you from Bryna Black, the Marketing Manager for the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, UK.   […]

Lovely New Silk Ribbon Embroideries

  Elisa Franzin from Italy and Sheila Beswick from California   Today, I have something beautiful to show you by two talented embroiderers.    The first is Elisa Franzin from Italy.   Girl Reaching by Elisa Franzin   Click on the image to enlarge       Elisa Franzin’s teacher, Manuela Scarpin, teaches at the well-known Tombolo E Disegni, Viale […]

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 […]

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  

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