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February Greetings

Greetings from a sunny and warm Cape Town. Did your January fly by as fast as ours did? It has been a busy time for us here at Dicraft with lots of new projects and plans for 2022. Today I want to tell you about a gorgeous new kit that we are releasing at the same time as this newsletter. 

It’s titled
Girl Knitting and don’t you just love this little girl and her kitten? 

It’s a beautiful design, perfect for any embroiderer who wishes to make something lovely for a special girl in your life. The carefully-prepared kit saves you time and effort and it’s good to have everything that you need when starting a new project.
Karen Swanepoel from Sedgefield on the Garden Route in South Africa made this piece, and I am sure that you will agree that it’s a beautiful creation! The kit will be ready to ship on the 23rd  February, so do order as soon as you can while stocks last. 
What else is New?
Two Beautiful New Kits
There are two more releases since my last newsletter, and I hope that you will like them! 

Published by the world’s most beautiful needlecraft magazine, Inspirations Magazine. There are two new kits to choose from, one of my creations (April Flowers) was released as a handpicked project and there are detailed, step-by-step instructions available, including photographs to guide the beginner to silk ribbon embroidery and also the advanced embroiderer who will enjoy making all kinds of wildflowers such as white ox-eye daisies and yellow trefoil that complement the rich purples of garden vetch while the candy pink of the musk mallow harmonises beautifully with the wisteria, lavender and royal blue of the field scabious. Read more and shop this lovely project here.  

You can buy a print, or a digital pattern, or, even better, a beautiful kit that saves you time and effort as all the hard-to-find components are included. This is a new project so why not unlock your creativity and start with something fresh and lovely?
The second project named Wildflowers (in the hoop) is a lovely quick-and-easy piece made on a pure silk satin fabric and the step-by-step instructions are to be found in Inspirations Magazine, issue 113 which they have just released. You will find the kit for issue 113 here and please note that these two kits are available exclusively from Inspirations Studios while stocks last.

I am looking forward to seeing your creation and happy stitching!
National Embroidery Month
Did you know that February is National Embroidery Month? To celebrate, we have a lovely special for all embroiderers. 

The gorgeous Chameleon Threads bundle is on special at less 10% while stocks last, plus you get two skeins of thread for free on top of that! Have a look here for more information and you will see that the sale price on display.
For National Embroidery Month I also have a lovely free design to add to your collection. Titled African Daisies, it is perfect for a quick or not-so-quick project – it depends on what you do with the pattern! Make small projects by choosing blocks within the design, or make the entire piece, you choose. Use threads and ribbons or whatever takes your fancy. You are welcome to read more about it here. Looking forward to seeing your creations and happy stitching. 

A Place to Share 


Fallen Fence

Have you seen this lovely Fallen Fence design? 
Embroidered by Gail Marquis who is from Nieuwerust on the West Coast of South Africa. 

Here is a bit about Gail’s journey into Silk Ribbon Embroidery:
“I have always loved doing cross-stitch, then a friend told me about your ribbon embroidery. I looked you up on the net and fell in love with your pics. The first one I bought from you was the cosmos in a pot. This was the start for me, and I enjoyed creating it – that was in 2018.

I have subscribed to your newsletter and that’s where I found the Fallen Fence project. I love the scene and was fascinated by the wire fence.

Your kits are superb, and the stitches are easy to follow. I totally love doing French knots – I did so many of them in this pic”

Thank you for sharing your beautiful embroidery with us Gail - we absolutely love it! You can find this lovely kit
here on my website and when you check out, you are welcome to use the special coupon code DICRAFT-FEB to receive a 10% discount – valid until 28 February 2022.  

Do you have a completed piece that you would like to share? We so look forward to seeing your own creations when you are ready to share. Everyone loves seeing others work for inspiration! Jess has created a new hashtag
#inspiredbydicraft and it’s another way to share your creations on Instagram and Facebook. You can also contact me to email your pictures, thank you! 

Special discount codes for subscribers

For all my newsletter subscribers, I have some lovely specials for you! To receive a special discount code, you must be subscribed to receive the latest newsletter and the coupon code to receive your discount. This newsletter’s code is DICRAFT-FEB

The products are on special (when you use the coupon code above) until 28 February 2022. Click on the headings below to go to my website, then click on the images for more information.

Felting kits are always popular in the winter months. And many of you who are still experiencing the cold, will love working on the cosy felted backgrounds! These popular felt kits that are now back in stock, and they are on special offer while stocks last.
This gorgeous needle case is sure to attract lots of compliments! It’s fun and easy to make and it’s an ideal gift for that someone special or as an item that you can sell at craft shows.
This Medallion Rose Bracelet is a lovely project. It’s easy to create and makes a special gift for friends and family or for yourself!
Learn how to make gorgeous little sparrow amongst the roses on a rich and textured Nuno felt background.
There are three bundles to choose from. Click on each image for more information. 

Do you need a gorgeous landscape to embroider?

Have a look at this lovely kit which is also on special until 28 February 2022. 

Titled Flowers by my Window. 

It’s a stunning project. 

And the special coupon code DICRAFT-FEB will get you a 10% discount this month! 

Valentine’s Day 

It's Valentine’s Day on Monday and for this special occasion, we have a free recipe for you to make the most delicious GINGER SESAME BRITTLE for that someone special in your life. You can download it here for your collection. Enjoy! 

Our Ribbon Bundles – a Beautiful Collection of Silk Ribbons

Do you know about our popular Ribbon Bundles? Jess and I have chosen some lovely colour combinations for you to add to your collection of silk ribbons – these are sure to complement your embroidery or quilting pieces and they are at less 10% when you use the coupon code DICRAFT-FEB as you check out. Have a look here and then click on the images for more information. 

Did you know about our customised service?

For anyone who needs individual assistance with colour and texture, we have a customised service.
If you have a picture or design and need ribbons or threads, fibres, yarns etc.
contact me and I can select these for you. All I need is the size of the picture so that I can choose the appropriate threads and ribbons to fit.
Also, if you need colours for your stock, for example, green, autumn, or pastel shades, let me know which size ribbon you want or what kind of thread and the colour scheme and I will select these for you. 

Stay in Contact

We will share more designs and projects and Jess will make more reels and video clips in the weeks and months to come. Subscribe for free to stay in touch with the latest news, specials, and updates.

We look forward to meeting up and chatting with you on
Instagram and Facebook, where you can learn and share with embroiderers the world over. Click on the follow button to join, it is fun and it's inspiring! 
Enjoy your embroidery and have a happy time, stitching world.
Until next time, go well, mooi bly!
and the team in Newlands, Cape Town.
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