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Ingrid & Anders
Something for you this November 
Greetings to you from my studio in a sunny Cape Town. Because of all the rains, we have experienced wonderful scenes of spring flowers everywhere. The Cape is beautiful this time of the year and she’s proudly waiting for all the tourists to arrive ♥

I am sure that everyone is enjoying the shifting seasons—I have seen beautiful pictures of the autumn leaves in the colder countries—and many of us are looking forward to the holidays.  
What embroidery projects are you planning for the months ahead? For this special time of the year, we have some lovely options! 

I will be telling you about a magnificent new kit, a beautiful design pack, some lovely specials and an exclusive (newsletter subscribers only) coupon code for some of the new collections. I have also added some handy haberdashery products on our website. Perfect for embroidery so why not unlock your creativity and start with something fresh and new? 
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.
A Beautiful New Kit 
I have the perfect one for you! A beautiful new kit titled Little House and Chicks, and it is a beauty. Easy to make, it’s a perfect project for the holidays! 

It is quite portable as there is a lot of stitching with thread before the ribbon leaves and flowers are added. Have a look here for more details about this gorgeous kit, and I just know that you’ll love it! 

For our newsletter subscribers, you are eligible for a 10% discount on this lovely kit when you enter the coupon code DICRAFT11 as you check out of your shopping cart.  
What Else is New?
Embroidery Threads and Yarns
We have been busy the last few weeks! Preparing new designs and ribbon bundles and adding useful new products. We also have some lovely specials for you.

First, I want to tell you about Vinnis Colours, a lovely new bamboo yarn that’s perfect for creative embroidery. 
We have launched with 18 new colours, and you will find them here. I have written a blog post about Vinnis Colours, a South African favourite and you can read more about Vinni here

There are also three new Vinni’s bundles to choose from. The most useful Gorgeous Greens, Purple Haze, and the vibrant Autumn Leaves. For our newsletter subscribers, you are eligible for a 10%  discount on all the Vinnis yarns. Enter the coupon code DICRAFT11 when you check out of your shopping cart.  
Handy Haberdashery Items for your Collection

We have also added some useful things for your embroidery. Shiny threads and the cutest little pincushion, amongst others.

Have a look for the metallic threads here. The little pincushion is here and the handy thread-winder is here

For our newsletter subscribers, you are eligible for a 10% discount on all of the metallic threads when you enter the coupon code DICRAFT11 as you check out of your shopping cart.  
Special Offers 
Four special offers for you. 
Embroidery designs/ prints

These also make lovely gifts for an embroidery friend! There is a special on the new Dreamscapes 21 fabric prints, while stocks last. Only pay for 6 miniature panels and receive 8! Have a look here for more info. 

Embroidery Thread Pack

There’s a lovely Chameleon Thread bundle for your collection while stocks last. And it’s on special too! Pay for 10 and receive 12 skeins, beautiful silk, and cotton skeins, two skeins of their lovely Perlé thread for free. Read more about this here.  
Ribbon Bundle – Forget Me Not 

For those that missed out last time, let these stunning and rich colours guide your creations and brighten up your day… ✨ Read more about them here.

This lovely bundle has the 10% discount in place while stocks last.   
Woolly Fibre Collection
There’s a lovely collection of woolly fibres on special while stocks last. Read more about it here.

Don’t forget to tell your friends to subscribe to my newsletter to receive our Promo and special Discounts when we post them! 
Share and Learn
Recent Blog Posts 
I have shared something lovely by Yuki Horiuchi, an embroidery artist based in Japan. Have a look here for sheer inspiration! 

And a beautiful new studio has opened in Johannesburg! Jacqui O’ Connell is well-known and oh so talented. Have a look here for more information. 

I also wrote a blog post about how to make long hair and ponytails here and shared a lovely piece by an artistic embroiderer from Bangalore in India here.

I have more beautiful pieces by other talented embroiderers to show you, and we post to social media several times a week. Why not join me on Instagram to stay in the loop, there is so much beauty there! Scroll down the posts to see a lovely rendering of Box of Lessons 1 by So Siu Ping from Hong Kong.

A useful tip

Ensure that the layers of fabric are stretched tautly in the hoop. For a good finish and to prevent your work from puckering out of shape, gently stretch the layers of fabric along all four sides. Ensure that the outline of the design is straight and tighten the screw. This you will need to do often, as the layers do tend to sag after a while. 
It is a good idea to stretch the layers of fabric and tighten the screw regularly before you stitch, for long and short stitch and long straight stitches. 

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.

A Gift for You

Free patterns for our subscribers

Do you love roses 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!  

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, greens or reds or whatever shades you would like, 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

I will write more tutorials and Jess will make more reels and video clips in the weeks and months to come. Keep a lookout on my blog 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
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Enjoy your embroidery and have fun, stitching world!
Until next time, be happy, mooi bly.
and the team in Newlands, Cape Town.
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Di van Niekerk

Upper Rose Street, Cape Town, 7700