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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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Roses and Lace

  Good morning ♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪   It’s a beautiful, sunny day in Cape Town and to brighten up your day…I have some gorgeous roses by Irina Kruts (ирина круц) from Kiev in the Ukraine         Don’t you think this cushion is a masterpiece? I love her colours and the way she has used the […]

A new day

  HAPPY Monday, stitching world ♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪   We are all back at work, and I am sure most of you are too. So, to brighten up your day, I have a lovely piece to show you by  Denise Ciodaro Dos Santos from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   Click on the image to enlarge…     […]

How to make Corn Poppies

  How to make a Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)     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 […]

Long and short Buttonhole stitch

  Long and short buttonhole stitch     This stitch is ideal for stumpwork leaves and shapes. It forms a smooth, raised edge which allows the shape to be cut out quite safely :)           Fill in the empty spaces with long and short stitch.           ..and […]

Padded satin stitch

  Padded Satin stitch Use for shapes that require a neat, rounded edge. First outline the shape in split or stem stitch, or use back stitch. Cover with satin stitch, making the stitches close together, stitching over the outlined edge for a padded effect. Click on the image to enlarge © 2012  www.dicraft.co.za  and www.metzpress.co.za   To […]

A spectacular landscape in ribbon embroidery

  Good morning ◕‿◕ Welcome to 2012!   I hope you enjoyed Old Year’s Eve and are ready to get back into the swing of things in 2012…. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good year for all of us :)   I have something really remarkable to show you to start off the […]


  HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Wishing you a PEACEFUL and CREATIVE 2012 …may the sun always shine on you :)))   Click on the image to enlarge       Have a great party!   See you next year   Love Di

Penelope Roses

  Penelope Roses by Helen Eriksson     Hi everyone, hope you all had a good week and all ready for the weekend and the big party ahead!   Today I have something special to show you… Penelope Roses by the exceptionally gifted ribbon embroiderer: Helen Eriksson from Walkerville, Adelaide, South Australia.   Click on […]

Precious Peonies

  ♫♬♪  Good morning…a beautiful day in Cape Town. I hope you had a good weekend!   Today I am sending you precious Peonies from the extremely talented  Nigar Hikmet from Yeşilyayla köyü – Düzce in TÜRKİYE   Click on the images to enlarge       Close-up detail…     More detail…     […]

Happy Christmas!

  To everyone celebrating Christmas…    I wish you and your family a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS!    Click on image to enlarge..     Enjoy yourselves… hope your turkey turn out well… and hold thumbs that ours does too :)   Love to you   Di 

A masterpiece from Perm in Russia

  It’s nearly Christmas  and as a special gift for your eyes today….   …. a masterpiece in Roses by Lyudmila Deineko (Дейнеко Людмила) from Perm on the banks of the Kama River, in the European part of Russia near the Ural Mountains.   Click on the images to enlarge     Don’t you think her Roses […]

The Tansy Fairy

  Good morning :))   Today I have a beautiful Fairy to show you…I am sure that many of you will enjoy seeing her, as she is doing what we all love best — embroidery     The Tansy Flower Fairy™, embroidered by the talented Marina Zherdeva from Moscow: my friend and stockists of all […]

How to make thick, rounded stems

  How to make thick, rounded stems for Roses and other flowers       Ever wondered how to make a large, rounded, life-like stem? It’s really easy…    1. Make a foundation row of back stitches.        2. And wrap the stitches with ribbon…       Here is an example of […]

French Knot Rose

  A French knot rose is ideal for making small flowers and roses.   Click on images to enlarge..       1. Use 2, 4 or 7mm silk ribbon or 6mm organza ribbon 2. Wrap the ribbon once or twice around your needle as if you were making a French knot, but instead of inserting […]

Red Rose Topiary... a gift for you

  “Hello !!!♥“   I have a gift for you today … a little topiary rose design and the completed picture to serve as a guide. It is quick to make…and you may finish it in time for a Christmas gift!       Use spider-web roses and ribbon stitch for the roses and leaves. […]

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