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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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Oh là là

  It’s Friday ♫♬♪ and I thought you would enjoy seeing this beauty by Emma Kriegler of Stilbaai in the Cape.   Oh là là but I love the feathers!   Click on the image to enlarge     Happy weekend ♥ Love Di PS. I have some beautiful masterpieces to share with you in […]

Turkey stitch

  Turkey stitch       Stitch diagrams are © 2012 Metz Press www.metzpress.co.za and Di van Niekerk www.dicraft.co.za     Turkey stitch is a wonderful versatile stitch when you want to add a fluffy texture in your design. A long looped thread is anchored to the fabric with tiny stay stitches. See diagram above.   Make […]

Long and short stitch

  Long and short stitch   This is a good filling stitch. Work with one strand of thread for the best results. When working large areas with two strands, separate the threads before inserting them in the needle. This way, the threads are smooth and untwisted.   Click on the images to enlarge     […]

Single-knotted stitch

  Single-knotted stitch   is a lovely stitch to use when you need a frilly texture – whether it be in the centre of a flower, for a lacy dress or jersey or a little dog. It is also useful for making other furry creatures and teddy bears.   Click on image to enlarge   […]

Wishful thinking

  Don’t you wish you could be lying under the African sun like this beauty?   Sending you some African sunshine to brighten up your week ♥   Click on the image to enlarge        

Little birds

  The sweetest little birds in ribbon embroidery…   Good morning everybody… are you ready for the week? To brighten up your day, I thought you would like to see the cutest birds by Svetlana Gerasimova (Светлана Герасимова) who lives in Pskov, Russia — a city south-southwest of St. Petersburg, on the Velikaya River.   Click on the images […]

Beauties from Malaysia

  It’s Friday ♫♬♪♫♬   Today I thought I would show you a lovely piece by Siti Salmiah Othman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many of you saw her beautiful cushions on my Facebook page (scroll down till you see her cushions) and the response was overwhelming! So here is more of her lovely work.   […]

Roses au ruban et en relief

  Oh la la la Mais c’est magnifique!   Good morning and Good news… my Roses book is now available in French ♥           Do visit the website of my esteemed French publisher: Tutti Frutti Editions for more details about the French book :)     The original artwork in the […]

More Roses to inspire

  ◕‿◕ Good morning to you…   I hope you had a good weekend…it is very hot here – 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) is HOT and humid at the coast, so I am sending everyone who has snow around them some African Sunshine to warm you up :))   I have more beautiful roses to brighten […]

Beautiful Cape Town

  Good morning  ♬♫♬♪♫♬     Sending you some African Sunshine… Kirstenbosch Gardens, a few minutes’ walk away from my studio :))     Click on the image to enlarge..     Have a lovely weekend… remember to take some time off for you too!   Love   Di  ♥  

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 […]

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