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Happy Christmas!

    To everyone who is celebrating Christmas, may this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year.  Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!      Love Di  

How to make a lovely little rose tree- a free tutorial

  Hi everybody, nearly Christmas time and I hope you will be able to take a break and spend time with friends and family at this special time of the year.   I am writing this tutorial for those who are taking some me-time to embroider something pretty! Hopefully, many of you will, it’s good to […]

Lily's Embroidery Group - Adelaide, Australia

  Hiya Stitching World! I have something lovely to show you from a talented embroiderer in Adelaide. Her name is Lily and she embroidered this gorgeous “Shades of Summer” panel.       Lee wrote about her friend, Lily: “ Our group meet every Tuesday for embroidery and lunch at Lily’s house in Adelaide but […]

Lornie Street's beautiful piece

  Hi everybody! I have something to show you which will surely brighten up your Monday! By Lornie Street who lives on a game farm in South Africa.   This is her rendition of Bottom’s Up or Children on the gate from my Dreamscapes book. Don’t you think it’s gorgeous!   Click on the image to […]

How to embroider a landscape in ribbon embroidery – Chapter 4

  This is Chapter 4 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 Pink Delight from the Magical Gardens series is turning out to be a beauty – a most enjoyable project. I […]

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 […]

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