Di van Niekerk Newsletter
In this issue: A lovely free design and silk ribbon embroidery designs
       
       
   
Greetings from a sunny Cape Town. At long last the sun is shining and all our four-legged members are basking in the sun. Not a peep out of them as they warm their bones after a long, cold and wet winter.
   
 
Spring is in the air
 
Crafts Unlimited has been a hive of activity in the last few months. We have designed beautiful new pieces and kits, photographed and written new Box full of Lessons and packed kits for the international workshops. It's been a very busy time and I have lovely new releases to show you, just in time for you to order for the December holidays I know of very few embroiderers who don't take their embroidery with them on holiday :)
   
 
Marianne in the Vegetable Garden
by Emma Kriegler
 
What's new?

Beautiful new kits

Marianne in the vegetable garden is a delightful piece and she is now available in kit form. Don't you just love this little girl?

The prepared kit always saves you time and effort and it's good to have everything you need when starting a new project. You will find the information about this lovely kit here.
   
       
   
Sunflowers and White Roses , a new release is now available in kit form. It's a beauty! This is a perfect project for nature lovers and the completed piece will grace any room in your home. Click here for more information about this beautiful kit.

Remember that we have many dedicated and talented suppliers and teachers across the world. You are welcome to contact your nearest stockist for supplies or to find out about their classes.
   
   

What else is new?

Box Full of Lessons 10 (Girl Reaching) kit is a brand new release. This is a perfect kit for anyone who wants to learn how to make a stunning three-dimensional piece, step-by-step, with close-up photography in full colour.
   
 
Box Full of Lessons 10 (Girl Reaching)
 
Written like a book, you will enjoy following the detailed instructions included in the kit.

Emma and I have also taken step-by-step photographs of her pink jersey and her hair and you will learn a lot from this. To order your kit, you are welcome to click here.

Note: Both the Sunflowers and White Roses and Box 10 (Girl reaching) kits are eligible for the new Bonus Hamper. Enjoy!
   
 
Danielle cuddling her baby chick
 
Danielle

And to brighten up your day: a precious little girl with her chicks is now available in kit form too. This one is sure to become a much-loved project for all embroiderers!

Read more about this gorgeous kit here.

So, with four new releases, I am sure that you will be inspired to stitch. Even if you embroider for twenty minutes a day, it's such good therapy :)

I know which one I would choose, and it will be interesting to see which of the four you will select for your next project.
   

Other news

 
 
International workshops
Hazel and I will leave for Russia and Kiev in early October and I am looking so forward to meeting everyone. The workshops in Kyiv are from 12 to 14 October. There I will teach new methods of making silk ribbon roses on felted backgrounds. The same methods could be used on any background: silk, organza, velvet, cotton, linen or any similar fabric. If you are able to travel to Kiev, read more about it on my blog. It's going to be fun!
   
   
Australia and New Zealand June/July 2013
Bookings are already open for the workshops in New Zealand and Australia. I will be teaching Box Full of Lessons 10: Girl Reaching. This workshop is highly recommended as I have written the lessons for the complete beginner so everyone is welcome to attend.
   
       
   
I will also be teaching the magnificent Beautiful Place (Box Full of Lessons 9) in Brisbane (one of my cherished pieces) and this is a perfect project for anyone wishing to learn this rewarding hobby on an astonishingly beautiful landscape scene.
   
 
Roses and Peonies
 
The knitted mohair bag is a beautiful project and you will learn how to make gorgeous roses on a hand-knitted background... and don't forget about the much-loved Roses and Peonies (Box full of Lessons 4) workshop in New Zealand!

To book your workshop in New Zealand click here and to book for Brisbane, Australia, click here. So looking forward to seeing you there!
   
 
Roses and Peonies
 
I am happy to tell you that I will be teaching at the 2013 Craft Retreat in Stavanger, Norway and bookings are already open.

I will be teaching the Blue Hussif (handy-hold-all) and if you are able to attend the workshop which is on 27 or 28 September 2013, you are welcome to e-mail Tone to book your place.

Hope to see you there!
   

Bonus Hampers

 
 
We have a lovely new Bonus Hamper for you this month. Really useful rewards for your sewing box. Do read more about the bonus hamper here.
   

Share and learn...

 
A masterpiece by Valentina Razenkova
 
I received this gorgeous photo from the gifted artist: Valentina Razenkova from Saint Petersburg in Russia. Read more about this beautiful piece on my blog here.

Have a look here and scroll down to see a lovely flower cart by Kwok Wing Sum from Hong Kong.

I have added free tutorials since the last newsletter, click here and here. I will write more free tutorials and add photos in the weeks to come. Subscribe for free to stay in touch with the latest news.
   
   

New members of the Crafts Unlimited team:

We're pleased to introduce two new members of the Crafts Unlimited team: Annine van Reenen and Maureen Windell and wish them much happiness in the future.

I would also like to thank Renn, Carol, Emma, Werner, John and everyone else for all their hard work it's a pleasure to work with such talented people and I could not do it without you. Thank you!
   

Our best-sellers

         
   
House with a Picket Fence is a best-seller kit and I just love the colours in this design.

Children Fishing is extremely popular and I am sure this scene brings back happy memories for many of us

Note: Both these kits are eligible for the new Bonus Hamper.
   

Other best-sellers

   
1. The Flower Fairy kits from my Flower Fairy book are very popular.

2. The RES book and its beautiful flower sampler is a must-have for the beginner to silk ribbon embroidery and you will find it here.

3. The DVDs are very popular and this you will find here.

Remember that we are only an e mail away if you need any assistance we are always willing to help wherever we can. Your nearest stockist is also willing to help with any questions or supplies.
   
 
 
A sweet little design
You will receive this cute little design for your collection with every order that you place on my website this month.

It's a perfect opportunity to make a little gift for that special person in your life.

Enjoy
   
   
   
 
 
I look forward to meeting you on Facebook, where you can learn and share with embroiderers the world over. Click on the button to join up with other embroiderers... it is fun and it's inspiring!

I have lovely new ribbons which I will add next month when I am back from Russia and Ukraine. You can also keep in touch by:

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Enjoy your embroidery and have a happy month stitching world
I am so looking forward to seeing your competition entries !

Till next time... be happy, mooi bly.

Warmest wishes

   
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