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Ingrid & Anders
Something for you this June 

Hello from a cold and rainy Cape Town. Our winter rains have finally arrived and Capetonians are scrambling for drier ground. Sounds of waterfalls are all around us and it’s an awesome sight, a thing to remember if you have ever experienced our Cape storms. 
What's New?
There are several new happenings and highlights since my last newsletter and here are some of them…
1. A Beautiful New Kit
I have added a fabulous new kit titled English Cottage and I think you will love it! The kit contains everything that you need to make this beautiful landscape and it’s on special for a short while, while stocks last! Look at the reeds along the water’s edge and the pine trees and the colourful flowers – it’ll look fabulous in any setting! 
The prepared kits save you time and effort and it’s good to have everything that you need when starting a new project. Click on the images and you will be taken to the full page with all the details or read more about it here.
2. New Studios Have Opened in South Africa
Emma Kriegler

Many of you know about the talented Emma Kriegler and the good news is that she’s moved to Cape Town! Emma has opened her studio in the Durbanville area and those of you lucky enough to live in Cape Town can now attend classes in silk ribbon embroidery and other kinds of needlecrafts too! 

Have a look here for more information. 
Annamaria Kelly
More good news for Durbanites – Annamaria Kelly, a well-known embroidery teacher has moved from Johannesburg, and she is now in Kloof near Durban. Annamaria embroiders beautifully and she has been published in Inspirations Magazine for her award-winning Country Garden. 

Have a look here for more information.
3. News from Hong Kong
There is a wonderful teacher and studio shop in Hong Kong named Dancing Needles (Don’t you love the name?) and Annisa Lam is the owner. 

Her studio shop appeared on a popular TV programme in Hong Kong, and I thought you would like to see her magnificent rendition of Pink Delight, one of our most popular kits and free online lessons. 

Read more about this talented designer and teacher here. Annisa teaches silk ribbon embroidery and other kinds of needlecraft from her studio in Hong Kong. 

Do contact her if you are in Hong Kong, you won’t be sorry! 
4. Primroses and Violets
A beautiful new kit has been released by the fabulous Inspirations Studio! 

I so enjoyed making this lovely piece and I hope you will too! It’s available exclusively from Inspirations, so don’t miss out - it’s a wonderful project to make. 

Have a look here for more information. Enjoy!
5. Technicoloured Dream Box of Ribbon
A lovely new release - a gift box of my ribbons is now available from Inspirations Studios. To buy for a special friend (Christmas or birthday gift) or even better, to buy for yourself!

A limited-edition collection of hand-painted silk ribbons by Di van Niekerk.

16 dreamy shades:
Candy Floss, Lilac, Snapdragon, Cerise, Custard, Lavender, Sunny Green, Kiwi Green, Peace Rose, Bridesmaid, Old Gold, Shrub, Strelitzia, Rose, Blue Green and Lemongrass

A colour for everything, endless creative potential to delight the senses and inspire the imagination.

100% Pure silk

~ Versatile & Unique ~ Colourfast & Washable ~ Variegated & Authentic

Have a look here for more information. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!
6. New Outlets
Do you perhaps know of a shop or studio near you that would possibly like to keep my range of ribbons and panels? Please tell them to contact us for the details, thank you! Do you have a new shop, studio, or workshops? Let us know your news and we will tell everyone about it. New stock is on the way to outlets and online stores all over the world. Please feel free to contact us for details of your nearest studio, shop or online store and we will gladly assist. 
Lovely Specials on Sale this Month
We have some lovely specials for you this month. From useful stitching supplies, embroidery books as well as a selection of downloadable lessons and some of our most popular embroidery kits!

Look here and scroll down to see everything that is on special offer. Enjoy and remember all specials are only valid while stocks last! 

From the cutest little pincushion to beading needles, you will find a range of useful items. It is the perfect opportunity to stock up on your stitching supplies. 

Check out what haberdashery items are on special here

Some of my books are still on special offer at 35 % off. There are several to choose from and they will all be signed editions!

Many of these editions are going out of print and so this is a great opportunity to get your copy while you still can. Offer limited to two books per customer and while stocks last.

Learn more about each of the books here.
Flowers By My Window Kit - 10% OFF!

This is a perfect project for those who would like to start with a gorgeous new landscape scene.

Shop this kit here while stocks last. 
Little House and Chicks Kit - 10% OFF!

This is an exquisite project and the kit contains everything that you will need to create this serene masterpiece!

Shop this kit here while stocks last. 
Bottom's Up (Children on the gate) Kit - 10% OFF!

This bestselling kit from our Dreamscapes collection is sure to bring you much joy! 

When you purchase the complete kit, you will also receive the downloadable lesson/project which we will order for you and send to you via email.  

Shop this kit here while stocks last. 

If you would just like to purchase the downloadable lesson without the kit you can do so here
English Cottage Kit - 10% OFF!

As mentioned earlier in the newsletter our newly launched kit is on special for a short while only. 

Take advantage of this while you can and purchase this gorgeous kit here
Pink Delight – a Beautiful Ribbon Embroidery Kit - 10% OFF!

Another of our Bestsellers is on special! 
The pink Delight project is for the beginner to the advanced embroiderer, everyone will enjoy this delightful project.

You can learn more about this stunning kit here

Share and Learn

1. Monograms

The talented Carman Chan, from Hong Kong, kindly sent me pictures of her lovely monograms and you will see some of them
here. Thank you, Carman, for sharing with all of us! 

I have been asked to share this tutorial again on how to fill in a letter or monogram and I will show you raised-stem stitch. You will find it
here. Have fun and looking forward to seeing your designs when you are ready! You can purchase A-Z Monogram Embroidery Panels here

2. April Flowers

I wanted to tell you about my April Flowers design that is featured in Inspirations Studio’s Handpicked Collection. They did such an amazing booklet, beautifully laid out and so easy to follow. 

I highly recommend this edition for your collection. Have a look here for more information. The mate for April Flowers (Wildflowers) is still available as a kit and you will find it here

3. Hints and Tips

Have a look at this small clip on my Instagram page where I show how to form a little cute rosebud with a detached chain stitch (lazy daisy) and then how to make the calyx with a grab stitch. This technique helps to create a neater stitch with a narrow tip, and you can add the stem at the same time by twisting the needle and ribbon before making the straight stitch. 

On Instagram, you will find useful reels and videos that Jess uploads for all to enjoy. Have a look here for more information.
Do you have a hint or tip for us on anything to do with needlecrafts? Please email me, I would love to hear from you! If possible, I will add it to one of my future newsletters. Everyone loves to learn and it’s a good way to help one another.
Useful Packs

Our best-selling ribbon bundles are a lovely way to build up stock and they make fabulous gifts for a sewing friend or family member too. 

Have a look here for the bundles and here for the palettes and starter packs. 
And so, with all the choices, I am sure that you will be inspired to stitch. Even if you embroider for twenty minutes a day, it really is such good therapy ☺ 

What are you busy making?
Jacqui O’ Connell sent me this lovely embroidery by one of her students, Barbara Allum in Johannesburg. Isn’t it lovely? We would love to see what you are making! Please email us your news and pictures, it’s so nice to see what everyone is busy creating! If you can write to tell me what you like about embroidery, what it has meant to you and how it has helped you through difficult and happier times too. Looking forward to hearing from you!

A Recipe For You

Home-made Ginger Beer
My little black recipe book by Siphokazi Mdlankomo. I just love, love this book by Siphokazi available from
Metz Press.

Cooking is my life ... says MasterChef SA 2014 runner-up, Siphokazi Mdlankomo, who captured the public imagination from the outset. Raised in a small village in the Eastern Cape in South Africa, she is admired for her natural culinary talent. Her no-nonsense manner and outgoing personality have endeared her to foodies and amateur cooks from all walks of life.

here to download a most delicious recipe for home-made ginger beer from her book and enjoy!  

A Gift for You

Free patterns for our subscribers

A sweet little design. With every order that you place on my website this month, you will receive a link to download this lovely little Cosmos design for your collection. It’s a perfect opportunity to make a little gift for that special person in your life and a wonderful way to use up all your leftover ribbons and threads. If you would like us to add the printed fabric panel in your parcel (instead of the downloadable design), please let us know by texting us in the comments box when you check out. Don’t forget to post your completed piece on social media with the hashtag #inspiredbydicraft and then we can see it and share it too! 

Did you know about our customised service?

For anyone who needs individual assistance with colour and texture or help with the design of a name to be printed onto cotton fabric, in full colour, ready to be embroidered, we have a customised service available.

If you have a picture or design and need ribbons or threads, fibres, yarns etc.
contact us and we can select these for you. All we need is the size of the picture to choose the appropriate threads and ribbons to fit.
Also, if you need colours for your stock, for example, autumn or pastel shades, let us know the size ribbon you want, what kind of thread and the colour scheme and we will select these for you, no problem at all.
Contact us.

Stay in Contact

I will write more free tutorials and add photos in the months to come. Keep a lookout on my blog for new posts and Subscribe for free to stay in touch with the latest news, specials, and updates.

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If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever ― Alfred Tennyson

Enjoy your embroidery and have a happy time, stitching world
Until next time, be happy, mooi bly.
and the team in Newlands, Cape Town.
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