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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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Superb ribbon embroidery by Sonia Canlay from La Bouilladisse in France

  G’Day, stitching world ♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪   Oh but I have a beauty for you today! A gorgeous piece by Sonia Canlay from La Bouilladisse, which is in Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France.   Click on the images to enlarge          Irresistible Irises and Spring flowers! Don’t you just love them?     Sonia (Cоня Кленицка) wrote to me: […]

A little picture by Deborah Hastings

  Here is a sweet little piece of silk ribbon embroidery by Deborah Hastings from High Bickington in Devon. It was for her mum’s 86th birthday. Debbie used my range of silk ribbons and the ideas from my Monograms and Words book where the techniques are shown with the letter Z and in the poppy cameo […]

Walk With Me by Annemarie Smuts

  A lovely piece, titled “Walk with Me” by Annemarie Smuts from Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Don’t you love it?       The panel and ribbons are available from us. Enquiries: info@dicraft.com … ask for the “Walk With Me” panel and ribbon kit.   ♥  Thank you, Annemarie, for sharing your talent with all of us!     #dicraftribbons  […]

Beautiful Narcissus

  I have a beautiful creation for you today.Narcissus by the super-talented embroiderer, Marina Zherdeva, from Moscow.Marina used colours from my range of silk ribbons and if you would like us to pack a ribbon kit for you, contact us and ask for the ribbon pack for the Narcissus by Marina. Marina and I wrote our […]

Purple Rain design by Annemarie Smuts

  Hi, stitching world! Here is a lovely piece, titled Purple Rain by Annemarie Smuts from Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Don’t you just wish you were sitting in this garden?       Have a look at my Instagram Page for more delightful pieces to inspire you today.   The panel and ribbons are […]

Spring Wreath

  I have a lovely Spring Wreath for you today. If you’d like us to make this lovely design, you’re welcome to order the kit (which is on special at the moment). See this page for the kit.        Enjoy!       #dicraftribbons  #dicraftembroidery  #creativeribbonembroidery #divanniekerk #ribbonembroidery

Grab Stitch - How to make a small rosebud

  Hi to everyone! Today I’m adding a small clip to my Instagram page where I show how to form a little cute rosebud with a detached chain stitch (lazy daisy) and then how to make the calyx with a grab stitch. This technique helps to create a neater stitch with a narrow tip and […]

Bottom's Up!

Bottom’s up! Sent in by Deborah Hastings from North Devon.   Titled: “Bottom’s Up”. Look at these delightful pieces embroidered by Helen and Sue who are from High Bickington in North Devon, England. One with some real foliage from Arlington Court in North Devon. Helen’s red ball is a bead covered by her late mother, so it […]

A Step-By-Step Video. Monogram in Ribbon Embroidery

  Good morning, I’d like to show you a piece by the talented embroiderer and artist from Houston in Texas. Her name is Delaram Mowatt and we’ve known each other for quite a few years now and I’ve always admired her workmanship. Her art and the T-shirts that she makes are too beautiful. She has […]

A beautiful garden by Desiree Coetzee

This beauty is the “Pink Delight” project embroidered by Desiree Coetzee from Tsitsikamma on the Garden Route in South Africa. Thank you, Desiree, for sharing your talent with all of us!   Note: there’s also a free series of step-by-step tutorials on my blog here.    Enjoy your weekend!        

Lovely ribbon embroidery from Sri Lanka

  ♬❤♬ Hi stitching world, I want to show you some gorgeous pieces by Pradeepa Sandamali from Sri Lanka. Don’t you just love her ribbon embroidery?         Pradeepa is 31 years old and she looks after the home. She has a degree in art but, most of all, she loves embroidery. She first […]

Colour Chart - Di van Niekerk's ribbons

    If you would like to download and save the Ribbon Chart for easy reference to the colours and codes, here is the chart which has 5 pages of swatches.   Please, let us know if you have any questions by emailing info@dicraft.com Thank you!   Di van Niekerk’s Silk and Organza ribbons Di […]

A free design for your collection

        This pretty Rose design is perfect for ribbon embroidery… to make for your own home or for someone special or use it for small projects such as on a lid of a jewellery box or for a journal cover, make a little handbag or purse… use in a quilt and for […]

African Sunshine - Noordhoek Beach via Chapmans Peak

  I have another stunning photograph filled with African Sunshine to warm up all the cold embroiderers in the North.   This is a photo that Linda Rose took on our hike up to Chapman’s Peak. It was a beautiful hike and this is what we saw…   Click on the image to enlarge.       […]

How to embroider a landscape in ribbon embroidery – Chapter 5

  How to embroider a landscape in ribbon embroidery – Chapter 5   This is Chapter 5 of the Pink Delight project, a project that I have been teaching online.   If you are seeing this for the first time, please see: chapter 1 here chapter 2 here  chapter 3 here chapter 4 here   Pink Delight from the Magical Gardens […]

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