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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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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 […]

Feather Stitch

  Feather Stitch   Feather stitch is a good choice for shrubs and hedges and fills up detail quickly. Best used with one or two strands out of the six-strand threads for landscape designs, it is worked the same way as fly stitch but, instead of making a single stitch, insert the needle to the […]

Happy Christmas!

  Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas! May Peace be your gift and your blessing all year through!         

Lucky Give-Away Winners

˙·٠•●Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ●•٠·˙ I have good news for three lucky winners this month!   In my last newsletter, I wrote:   ” To celebrate our new beginnings we are having a fabulous giveaway! Every silk ribbon embroidery kit that is ordered and shipped for our customers from today until the end of November will go into a draw and […]

A Medallion Rose and other news

    Hello, stitching world ◕‿◕ I hope you are looking forward to the weekend! Today, I have a gorgeous medallion Rose to show you! Created by well-known embroiderer and teacher. Kristina Nilsson of Creative Embroidery of Sweden… and it’s gorgeous!   Kristina wrote:  “I want to thank you for all your great ideas and tips […]

Mary Corbet's Stitcher’s Christmas 2017 Give-Away 1: Ribbon Embroidery on Felt Kits & Books!

    Good morning! Today I have good news for  all embroiderers and here is  a message from Mary Corbet:   Good Morning All Around! I’m so excited this morning! Why? Because it’s time to launch this year’s series of pre-Christmas give-aways, A Stitcher’s Christmas, 2017! Yay!! If you’ve been following along with Needle ‘n Thread for […]


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A beauty from Sandnes....

  Hello stitching world ♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪  to brighten up your week I thought I would show you this gorgeous design by Kari Huffman from Norway.   Sent in by her teacher: Tone K Henningsen of Bitteliten studio in Sandnes, Norway.  I just love the colours in this design….                         […]

Inspiration on a Wednesday

  *´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Good afternoon ♥ *´¨) I hope you’re having a good day today.   I thought I would inspire you and show you some stunning ribbon embroidery pieces that were made in the studio of the talented teacher, Michelle Lilley from Pretoria, South Africa.  Here are some of her student’s masterpieces…   […]

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