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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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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 […]

Lady in Red by Poorna Kularatne from Sri Lanka

  Lady in Red. A lovely design that we have for ribbon embroidery enthusiasts. Embroidered by the talented Poorna Kularatne from Sri Lanka. To see the panel, you are welcome to visit my blog, here. This is the A3 large panel, but the A4 medium panel also looks good! Happy stitching, have fun!     […]

The Winners of the International Silk Ribbon Embroidery (SRE) COMPETITION 2018

  The Winners of the International Silk Ribbon Embroidery (SRE) COMPETITION 2018   Hi everybody! Good news, we have the results for this prestigious International Silk Ribbon Embroidery Competition 2018!   There are 4 winners and I must say that the 10 judges all had a very hard time choosing. None of the judges knew the names of […]

A trinket box for precious things that you love

This trinket Box with the word LOVE on the lid is perfect for keeping all your precious things in… I made this for my book “Monograms and Words” It was fun.       Have a look here on my Instagram page.   Looking forward to seeing you there! #dicraftribbons #dicraftembroidery  #creativeribbonembroidery      

Happy New Year!

  Happy New Year! May 2019 be a good year for you, with lots of time to stitch and to create beautiful things!Love from Di          ***When you have a moment, have a look on my Instagram page for a series of tutorials on Summer Garland.   Enjoy!   Summer Garland – […]

Summer Garland - a short little tutorial on Instagram

Summer Garland – a short little tutorial on Instagram @divanniekerk     Hi Stitching World. Hope you are having a good time. I am showing Summer Garland, one of my favourite pieces that I made a few years ago on my Instagram page. Many have asked how to make it… and I will show you […]

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