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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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Gathered Leaves or Petals

  This is an ideal technique to use when you want to make large leaves or long, upright flowers like Lupins.       Usually, the 4 or 7mm silk or organza ribbon is used, but for larger shapes, you can use the wider 13mm, 20mm or 25mm ribbons. Work with one or two strands of a matching […]

The possibilities are endless with silk ribbon...

  Good afternoon, stitching world, hope you had a good weekend! I have some lovely projects to show you today. Created by Gill Colthart from Scotland.  Gill lives live near Edinburgh and she is a designer and teacher with many years of experience in the creative field. She teaches on cruise ships and enjoys spreading creativity wherever […]

Back from BATB and other news...

  Latest news and new kits and books… Hello, stitching world! Hope you’re having a good day today. I am back from teaching at BATB in Australia and what a fabulous time I had. Worked hard, but loved every minute of it! Thank you to every student who attended my workshops and thanks to those who […]

Beautiful Mandala Panels for Creative Embroidery

      Good morning, stitching world. Hope you are well and enjoying your embroidery!   Our new book, Freestyle Embroidered Mandalas has arrived in Cape Town and we also launched it at BATB in Adelaide, Australia earlier this month. I think it’s a gorgeous book – very happy with the results. Hopefully, you too will like […]

A Lovely Little Rose Tree

  Good morning stitching world! I have been so busy with the preparations for my workshops in Adelaide, Australia that I haven’t had much time to blog! But I have made a lovely new kit for you that I think you will love.       It’s small and uncomplicated and a perfect gift for a […]

How to embroider a landscape in ribbon embroidery – Chapter 3

  Hi everybody! Hope you enjoyed your weekend. It’s been raining nicely in Cape Town and there’s snow in the mountainous areas. The fire is going and everyone is happy ♥       This is Chapter 3 of the  Pink Delight project, a project that I have been teaching online. See chapter 1 here and […]

A gorgeous Fairy by Renee Hatfield

  Hi everybody, Hope you are having a good week! To brighten up your day, I think you will just love this little Fairy made by Renee Hatfield from Clayton, NC in the USA!  Have a look at her Red Clover Fairy…   Click on the image to enlarge     Don’t you just love the little […]

a Beautiful piece from Georgia

  Hello stitching world! I have something to inspire you today… Beautiful ribbon embroidery by  Marika Mamuchishvili from Tbilisi in Georgia. Tranquil Waters   and more detail…   Click on the image to enlarge   THANK you Marika, for sharing your awesome talent with all of us! I love your swans! Let’s hope her beautiful masterpiece […]

A talented painter and embroiderer from Romania

  ♫♥♫♫♥ Hello stitching world! I have something beautiful to show you today, really lovely ribbon and thread embroidery by Leahu Marina Pavel (Ляху Марина) who is originally from Romania and now living in Moscow. I just love her style! Click on the image to enlarge     Maria wrote to me: “Several years ago I found your […]

Through our eyes

  Good morning! I thought you would like to see what I see on our hikes around Cape Town. We are a group of 5 or 6 friends (we call ourselves the Walky Talkies for obvious reasons!) and we try to hike every weekend as it’s such a good way to stay fit and to […]

Mandala Book - Introduction

            A Sanskrit word meaning circle, ‘Mandala’ essentially refers to a circle with a centre point from which a symmetrical design radiates. Found in so many natural forms like flowers, snowflakes, starfish, spider webs, etc., the mandala has been used in many cultures as a spiritual or ritualistic symbol representing […]

BATB 2018

  International workshops – BATB 2018   It is a great privilege to be invited to teach at the prestigious event, BATB 2018 which will be held in Adelaide, Australia in October 2018. BATB is the International Needlework Convention and embroiderers from all around the world, from the complete beginner to the advanced, gather to […]

How to embroider a landscape in ribbon embroidery – Chapter 2

     How to embroider a landscape in ribbon embroidery – Chapter 2 Good morning, it’s freezing here in Cape Town, we have had such good rains and there is snow on the mountains and Capetonians are ecstatic. We were all planning for day zero, “Day Zero” when Cape Town was set to turn off […]

Twirled Ribbon Rose

  Twirled ribbon rose The twirled ribbon rose is a wonderful stitch to use when making roses and rosebuds.   Here I used my 7mm silk ribbon no. 43 on a size 18 chenille needle…       1. Come up in the centre and gently twist the needle to form a neat tubular shape.     2. […]

How to embroider a landscape in ribbon embroidery - Chapter 1

  How to embroider a landscape in ribbon embroidery   Chapter 1     ♪♫•*¨*• Hi everybody! I hope you have had a good week. It’s COLD in Cape Town and everyone is so thankful for the lovely rain which we so desperately need. Our dams are still too low for the summer season. Cape Town […]

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