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International SRE competition – ends December 2018


I have good news for silk ribbon embroiderers the world over…

We are having another exciting International SRE (silk ribbon embroidery) competition which ends on 01 December 2018.




The  Magical Garden Collection (MGC) International SRE competition is here! It is my wish that everyone (from teachers to shop owners to embroiderers the world over) all come on board to showcase this beautiful craft of ours and to become part of a global effort to learn from one another, no matter where we live in this world. Here are the details…




Feel like a new SRE project? Feel like a fabulous new competition?


Calling every embroiderer who enjoys working with silk ribbon.



Don’t miss the International Silk Ribbon Embroidery (SRE) COMPETITION 2018



Running until the 01 December 2018… there is more than enough time for you to enter as many embroidered pieces as you like! Choose from any (or all) of the six designs below for the competition:


6 new designs to choose from in the MAGICAL GARDEN COLLECTION.


 Here are the six categories for the competition…


**** To see the poster of the six designs for the competition, you are welcome to download it here: pdf Competitions - Poster-MagicalGardenCompetition 2017-2018 (350.4 kB)


Category  1. Lady in Red – click here for more info




Category  2. Lazy Sunday – click here for more info




Category 3. Pink Delight — click here for more info




Category4. Purple Rain — click here for more info





Category 5. Walk With Me — click here for more info




Category 6. You and I — click here for more info





The Prizes?


Four winners will be chosen and each winner will have their masterpiece turned into a kit, with his or her name on it.

The kit will be available to all embroiderers across the world and it will be uploaded on Di’s blog for everyone to see.


The winner’s name will appear on the kit’s cover, the colour pictures and on the instruction sheet/s that Di will write for them based on the list of what was used and the notes that each contestant supplies.

Each of the four winners will also be able to choose (at no cost) any silk ribbon kit to the value of R1000.00.

Di will pack the silk ribbon prizes from her beautiful range of silk ribbons according to the colour scheme that every winner chooses.


Here is the PDF with all the details, the competition designs, and the rules:

pdf Competitions, Catalogues - Silk ribbon embroidery competition 2017-2018 (1.42 MB)



The following rules apply:


  1. The competition applies to the six category blocks featured on page 1 to 5 in either A3 (large) or A4 (medium) size.
  2. The embroidery panels must be manufactured by us — no cloth from the counterfeiters will be accepted. So, do check that the printed panel is purchased with the Di van Niekerk label and that you purchase the panels from our accredited stockists throughout the world, or directly from our website here.
  3. This competition is open to all embroiderers worldwide. The competition is not open to employees and to any person engaged in the running of the competition or their immediate family members.
  4. You may combine stumpwork or any other kind of needlecraft with silk and organza ribbon embroidery. Turn your design into anything you like! Mounted artwork for your wall, a handbag, journal cover, cover for your iPad or tablet, a beautiful cushion… use as a block in your quilt, make a jacket or a piece of wearable art… make a Hussif or handy hold-all… whatever takes your fancy!
  5. You must use my range of ribbons, silk and/or organza ribbons, which are available from your nearest stockist. If you don’t have a stockist near you: on my website. Please feel free to contact us if you require any assistance with details of your nearest stockist or if you would like us to make up a ribbon kit for your chosen panel.
  6. Any type of thread, wool, and other trimmings may be used with Di van Niekerk’s ribbons.
  7. You may enter as many pieces as you like, in any of the available sizes
  8. To enter: you will need to email us your photographs of the embroidered pieces, to reach us before midnight (South African time) on 01 December 2018. 

Note:  You can start sending them anytime before the deadline to avoid the last- minute rush. The email address to use is di@dicraft.com   and please feel free to email us with any questions — we are always willing to help wherever we can.

  1. The photographs should be of a high quality and larger than 1MB (preferably up to 5MB) in size. Add all your details, your contact numbers and your address in the same email and we will reply when I receive your email and photos. If you don’t hear from us: email us to ask whether we have received your photos.
  2. As your piece stands a chance of being published on a CD that will be supplied with each kit, it is essential that you keep a list of all the names and/or codes of the threads, ribbons and other items that you used in the design. Plus short notes of the steps that you followed whilst embroidering your piece.
  3. The judges will be external and impartial and their decision will be final.


I think that this is a wonderful opportunity for all of you and we encourage everyone to give it a try… you never know, your work could be published in a kit form which will be out in 2019!


Good luck everybody – this is going to be a lot of fun!


Remember: the competition ends on 01 December 2018

and the winners will be announced at the end of January 2019.




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