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Ingrid & Anders
Something for you this August 
Greetings to you from my studio in a wintery Cape Town. As I write, a big cold front is heading for Cape Town and as proof, the picture of my little Boston Terrier friend (her name is Panda) shows you just how chilly it is ♥ As many other Capetonians will tell you, we can’t wait for Summer! Hopefully, not long to go now…
What's New? 
Beautiful New Kits 
The Dicraft team has been busy. We have a gorgeous NEW kit for you, a stunning NEW ribbon bundle, several lovely specials, and have added some useful haberdashery products on the website — perfect for embroidery so why not unlock your creativity and start with something fresh and new? 

The prepared kit saves you time and effort and it’s good to have everything that you need when starting a new project. 

Click on the links below and you will be taken to the full page with all the details. Before I show you the new releases, I am happy to tell you about our special offers while stocks last… 
Special Offers
All our haberdashery products are on special until Saturday 04 September. 
There’s a special offer for all our Dicraft subscribers until 4th September. We are offering 10% off all the haberdashery on my website, including the new releases! 

To receive this discount, use the coupon code  AUGUST21  when you checkout. 
On top of the discount, when you buy the meter lengths of the heirloom cotton, soft voile backing and our gorgeous linen fabric, you will receive two FREE skeins of Chameleon threads for each meter you order. Have a look here for more information about our beautiful fabrics. 

Some of the popular products are back in stock and have been updated and I am pleased to say that the bestselling embroidery stitches book, the Uni-pen, and the embroidery scissors are back in stock as are some of the Gütermann 100% Cotton Colour Combos.  

Many of you will be happy to see that that our popular Sewing Essentials Pack is also back in stock. All of these are available at less 10% until 04 September 21 when using the AUGUST21 coupon code as you check out.  

Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to receive our exclusive Dicraft Discount Codes when we post them! 
New Releases
1. Flowers by My Window KIT
I am delighted to show you our beautiful new kit, and it’s a beauty! Christine Chan from California helped me to make this lovely piece and I am thrilled with the results. 

It’s from our popular Dreamscapes 21 range and now it’s available in kit format along with all the threads, ribbons, embroidery panel (in full colour) and everything else that you need to make this gorgeous piece. 

How I wish I had a window of flowers like this one! This kit will be ready to ship in about two weeks’ time while stocks last. Read more about it here and happy stitching!
2. Sunset Ribbon Bundle 
Introducing our brand-new SUNSET Ribbon Bundle. A beautiful collection of Di van Niekerk silk ribbons! ♥ 

Aren't the colours just glorious? They blend into one another so effortlessly just like the colours of a sunset do across the sky. These colours are very versatile and can be used on a wide range of pieces. They would be perfect for a field of wildflowers!

You will receive a selection of the following colours: Citrus, Just Joey Rose, Old Fashioned Rose, Peony, Victorian purple, Snapdragons and Deepest Purple. This bundle includes 21 packets of ribbon in total!

Let these stunning and rich colours guide your creations and brighten up your day… Read more about them
3. Heat Transfer pencil
I have been asked to stock the heat transfer pencils, and you will find them here

Use the pencil to trace a design onto tracing paper then iron the permanently marked design onto your fabric. 
4. Handmade Felt pages 
for needlebooks
Many of you have asked me for the handmade felt pages to use in your own needlebook creations. These have been made by our felters in Cape Town. Thank you Razaan and team! I love the charm of the handmade pieces and they will enhance the finish of any needlebook, that’s for sure. You will find the natural creamy colour pages here. The colourful pages are to be found here.

5. Needle Names printed onto pure cotton fabric, ready to use.
You have also asked for the printed fabric panel with the needle names to use in your own creations and these you will find here

Enjoy! We would so love to see your creations please remember to share them with us using #inspiredbydicraft or via email
6. New Needle Additions 
I have added more types of John James needles on our website, and these also qualify for the 10% limited offer until 04 September! You will find them all here. Click on each image for more information.
 A useful tip: 
Change your needle more often than you think, especially needles that are damaged, bent, or blunt. Sometimes, the eye of the needle may have twisted, then it is a good idea to change your needle. As soon as you have difficulty inserting the needle into the fabric or if it has lost its shine, it is time to change your needle – usually after every second or third project. Dull or damaged needles can tear your fabric and ribbon and cause the threads to break or fray.
Happy International Dog Day
On the 26th of August it was International Dog day! 

Dogs are so special and find a way into your heart so easily. At Dicraft we were so pleased to be celebrating dogs all over the world. We hope your day was filled with all the joy and happiness that dogs bring to our lives every day. 

Pictured here is the kit 'Lucky Dog' which you can find on my website here. The kit will guide you to create this adorable piece yourself.
Worldwide Shipping  
We deliver worldwide, even to the furtherest corners of the globe...

We use an excellent courier and have a flat rate of $14.95 USD no matter the weight of the parcel. For Australia and New Zealand and outlying areas it is a flat rate $24.95 USD because of the distance and for South Africa it is only $7 USD. As you check out you will see the price of shipping for your area before you pay. 

We recently sent a package to the very far edge of snowy Alaska! So wherever you are in the world, rest assured you can order from Dicraft and enjoy your stitching dreams in no time at all. 

Here are a few comments from our lovely customers about our shipping and delivery: 

"I'm in the United States, WARNING my orders from Di van Niekerk arrived in about 10 minutes. Be prepared." - Hilary

"I just received my beautiful kits and ribbons this afternoon!  What a surprise to get them 2 days early!"- Toni

"Received my new kit today!!! 5 days sooner than expected. So exciting and excited. Thank you" - Sheryl

"I received my latest package from you good folks  (in record time I might add)"- Joelle

"My order has arrived quicker than I get deliveries from U.K. shops! Many thanks" - Lynne

"My parcel of loveliness arrived today thank you so much, I absolutely love it all as I knew I would. I can’t believe how quickly it got here, I wait longer for local deliveries" - Wendy

"I was so surprised to find my latest package on my porch this morning. It was originally scheduled to be here on Thursday.   I don’t know how DHL does it, but they are so much better than other delivery services." - Leslee

Happy Shopping and Happy Stitching from all the corners of the world!

Share and Learn

Today I have some gorgeous roses to show you! Read more about them on my blog here

I showed you Olga's thistle designs last time and when I saw her roses, I knew I must show you these!  I asked Olga to write a little about herself and she replied: 

“My name is Olga and I live in Israel. I am a doctor, a loving wife, and a mom of two adorable boys. My passion for embroidery techniques started around one year ago when the pandemic pounced on us all and we were supposed to spend our time in isolation. I discovered for myself a new hobby which was ribbon embroidery. I fell in love with this type of embroidery and from that time on when I have any free time (which is a luxury for me with kids in the house and housework) I either embroider or find inspiration by observing the nature around me. That’s the story of how I got along with my new hobby :)”

THANK you, Olga, ♥ for brightening up our day and keep stitching! I have more beautiful pieces by other talented embroiderers to show you, so keep and eye on my newsletter to stay in the loop.

To learn this wonderful craft, you are welcome to have a look at my Box Full of Lessons series or my books. Please feel free to contact me with any queries. A reminder that you can start at any time in your life. When you put your time and passion into something that you love ~ your creativity will flow.


Free Tutorials

We have created a FREE guide on Instagram that includes free tutorials on how to create  roses and flowers using silk ribbon and a variety of techniques. You can check it out here
On my IGTV you will also find a FREE step-by-step tutorial of Twisted Straight Stitch. 

Learn how to create long leaves or grass. This technique creates an interesting and realistic effect. 

You can watch is here
Thank you for the support on our Rosebud video! 

Over 40 000 views - it really is such a sweet little technique. If you missed it you can view it here

A Gift for You

Free patterns for our subscribers

Do you love hedgehogs as much as I do? This precious pattern is a golden oldie but many of you will see it now for the first time and you are welcome to read more about it here.

Embroider with threads and or ribbons, whatever takes your fancy! Have fun! Please 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! 

A Place to Share 


Use this hashtag to share your embroidery work. Others will be able to view it and we will be able to see your lovely pieces. 

It can be anything Dicraft has inspired whether you have used my ribbons, designs, kits, books, lessons, tutorials or if we inspired any of your own pieces. 

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, 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. 
So, with all the new releases, 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. 

Stay in Contact

Keep a lookout on my blog and social media for new posts and tutorials. 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, be happy, goed gaan.
and the team in Newlands, Cape Town.
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