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July-August 2015

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Di van Niekerk July-August Newsletter 2015 

News – July/August 2015


◕‿◕Greetings from a cold and misty Cape Town. I am sure that most Capetonians and all of its creatures have forgotten what the sun looks like.

I, for one, cannot wait for spring, I need the sun!

Where is the sun?

The one good thing about with this kind of weather is that embroidery makes up for it. It’s always nice to snuggle up in front of the fire to embroider the long nights away :)

I have been working on new concepts, preparing for two new books with some very talented artists and have uploaded beautiful new kits to our website… it’s been a very exciting few months to say the least!

I have also written some helpful tutorials to inspire you and I hope that you will enjoy reading and learning from them. You are welcome to download the free patterns for your collection.

New ideas

If you go to this page on my website, you can scroll down to find the latest tutorials. Click on the READ MORE to be taken to the full page.

Have fun and I am looking forward to seeing photographs of your creations.

If you could email your photographs, I would love to share them on my blog to inspire other embroiderers.

Our email addresses are on this page. Thank you for sharing!



Gorgeous New Kits!

We have released three gorgeous new kits….



JK2 A Bowl of Roses and Violets – KIT

◕‿◕ I am pleased to tell you that this very popular Jill Kirstein design is now available in kit form.
Embroidered by the gifted Emma Kriegler from South Africa.

I just love this picture

Click on the image above for more information about this spectacular design. Enjoy!

Box Full of Lessons 16 – A LIMITED EDITION



♥♥♥ Beautiful New Launch and it’s a Limited Edition! A Hand-Knitted Bag with Silk Ribbon Roses and Meadow Flowers.

From the complete beginner to the advanced embroiderer, everyone will enjoy this lovely kit! Click here for more information.

NOTE: Don’t miss out on this one – it is a beauty and once the kit is sold out, it will never be repeated!

Suitable for both the complete beginner and the advanced embroiderer too.

Good News: This kit qualifies for a Bonus Hamper.

JK 5 On The Garden Fence – Kit

Embroidered by the gifted Emma Kriegler from South Africa. I just love this little bird

Click on the image for more information.

Enjoy and we would so love to see your completed piece!

Lovely New Embroidery Panels


New embroidery panels


We have also released two pretty designs, painted especially for silk ribbon embroiderers.

Each design is available in four different sizes, from large to petite.

On this page you will see all the different sizes. For more information, click on the images themselves and you will be taken to the full page.

Enjoy yourself and don’t forget to send us photographs of your piece!

To inspire you here is a picture of Jacqui O’Connell’s lovely rendition of the A5 size Purple Irises.

What else is new?

The good news is… I have found a fabulous quality, pure Linen Fabric, which we have imported from Germany especially for Silk Ribbon Embroiderers!

137 cm (54″) wide and weight is 160 gm square, it is available by the metre.



Tutorials, Blogs and Inspiration



I simply love showing everyone some of the masterpieces that I receive from all across the world and I would like to thank everyone who has shared their talent so generously. You make our day and for that, we thank you!

There are some lovely pieces and you will find the blogs here. Then click on READ MORE to learn more about each entry.

Enjoy, and I hope that these blog posts will inspire you to create your very own masterpieces.

Sheer Inspiration – Share and Learn on Social Media

You are welcome to join me and many other talented embroiderers on my Facebook page.

Press the LIKE button to share and learn about beautiful Silk Ribbon Embroideries by talented artists from all over the world.

Here Виктория Барканова is working on a very large ribbon embroidery pillow. Her work is exquisite and she is definitely a master artist.

Scroll down my Facebook page to read more about her and other wonderful embroiderers.

You can also follow me on Twitter or Pinterest for instant updates and photos. Looking forward to meeting you there!

A Glimpse into the Future

My Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork book is out of print overseas (it is still available from us here) and my team and I have been busy working on the new edition.

This book is still our number 1 best-seller (it has sold more than 100,000 copies!) and it is a firm-favourite with a lot of embroiderers across the world. I know that many of you are still waiting for a copy and I promise that I will let you know as soon as I have a date, and when it will be released overseas.

I am also working on the new felting book with some very talented fibre artists from South Africa and I think you are going to love all the new ideas. But I will tell you more about it in the months to come.

You are welcome to SUBSCRIBE for free to stay in touch with the latest News, Tutorials and Blog Posts.

More Good News about the Exchange Rate

It is really to your advantage at the moment to order from us in South Africa, as the value of our Rand is

12 to 1 in USD

13 to 1 in Euro

19 to 1 in GBP

9 to 1 in AUD


For example:

R1000 (divided by 12) is only $81.00 USD

R1000 (divided by 19) is only £53 GBP or €77 Euro!

After you have chosen a product and are not sure of the price in your own currency, click on the VIEW IN YOUR CURRENCY tab to see what it costs.


Don’t Forget!



NEW! Licenses reintroduced for a short time only.

Many newcomers to silk ribbon embroidery have not yet seen these wonderful landscapes and we also receive frequent requests from established embroiderers for them, so I have renewed these licenses for a short time only.

Don’t miss out this time around … Click here to see the four magnificent designs and click on each image for more information. Enjoy!

THE COMPETITION Circle of Roses – Circle of Love

Every now and then an exceptional design comes along that will melt the heart of many an embroiderer. This is one of them and it has a special purpose …

To become a timeless masterpiece in recognition of someone precious, someone exceptional, someone who has made a difference in your life – made your life easier and enhanced it.

Here is a perfect opportunity to make this exquisite Circle of Roses for that very special individual to say:


“I acknowledge you, and thank you, for what you have done, for what you mean to me”.

Read all about this special competition here. It’s going to be good therapy! You are also welcome to download the PDF with all the information here.

I am so looking forward to seeing your COMPETITION entries!

Free downloadable design with every order

The SA Garden series is always popular with embroiderers, and I have a lovely gift for you to download for your collection with every order that you place on my website.

Print the design onto fabric and embroider it with ribbon or thread to make a lovely picture or cushion for your home or for a special friend. Enjoy!


I have added new stockists to the list and we wish them a warm welcome. We have many dedicated and talented stockists and teachers throughout the world and if you would like to find one near you, please click here. Use the search bar to type in the name of your country, for example: United States.

If you know of anyone in your area who may be interested in keeping my products, please contact us with their details and before long, you will be able to buy my ribbons and printed panels in a store near you!

African Sunshine

There is an inquisitive Helmeted Guinea Fowl who lives in Kirstenbosch Gardens, not far from here, and he says he hopes to brighten up your day!

I think he is trying to tell you to take some time off for yourself …

Thank you Linda Rose for your beautiful photography, and your patience – I know how long you waited for this curious feathered friend to pose for you.

Purple Irises

Until next time, be safe and enjoy your embroidery!


and the team in Newlands, Cape Town.










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