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Something for you this Christmas 
Hello from a bright and sunny Cape Town. The year is almost at an end and soon you will be able to take a break... hopefully you can find time to stitch on your latest project. Looking back on this year, it was a busy and productive time despite the big challenges we all had to face. In 2021 we launched a number of gorgeous new kits, designs and ribbon bundles, created some popular online tutorials, and shared exquisite pieces by talented stitchers from near and far. 

Embroidery has been a light in many lives this year, a source of joy, creativity, relaxation, focus and accomplishment. It is the perfect way to escape the busyness and worries of life; to slow down and appreciate the present moment. It always amazes me how healing stitching can be. Embroidery really is good for the soul! 

We hope that you will find time to rest and recharge your batteries before 2022. We are planning to do just that, with lots of wonderful family time, hikes in nature and time to focus on our own creative projects so that we are ready to take on the new year. 

Our studio will be closing for the holidays on Wednesday 15th of December. Please note that Tuesday 14th of December is the last day for orders to be placed for processing in 2021. However, you are still welcome to place your order at any time for processing as soon as we are back on the 12th January 2022. This way you will be ahead of the queue next year. 

Thank you so much for all of your support this year, myself and the team are very grateful. We would not be able to do what we do without you. To offer our thanks to you we have a final discount code for 2021 for our loyal and supportive Dicraft subscribers ONLY.
*Special Christmas Sale*
What embroidery projects are you planning for the months ahead? For this special time of the year, we have some lovely options! 

To share the joy and send some of the magic your way this Christmas we are having a special sale just for you!

Exclusively to Dicraft subscribers only, we are offering
10% off on three of my bestselling kits:

Needlebook Kit
Tea with Two cats Kit
Tea in the Garden Kit

Each of these kits makes the perfect Christmas present for a friend or loved one. They are all small projects that are ideal to complete over the festive season but they are also easy to transport if you are going away on holiday. 

You must use the discount code: DICRAFT-TEN at checkout in order to receive the discount. This is a limited time offer and is valid until midday, South African time, 14 December 2021.

Once again, thank you for your support and we wish you a happy time stitching these beauties. You can shop the kits below. 
This little 'Summer's Afternoon' needlebook is just too precious for words and it’s a keeper! It has been a firm favourite for good reason and now you can get it for yourself at a special discount of less 10% with the code DICRAFT-TEN.

This gorgeous Needlebook also makes a wonderful Christmas gift - both the kit and the completed needlebook (although it's going to be hard to give away!)

Shop the needlebook kit here
Tea in the Garden is one of our most popular kits. It is part of our Hoop Art Series and you can't go wrong gifting this to a friend or loved one. 

This gorgeous kit is the perfect size for anyone who would like to start with a small project. It’s quick and beautiful, it has a lot of texture and the colours are picture-perfect. It is such an exquisite kit and is the perfect friend for previously mentioned 'Tea with two Cats'. 

For 10% off remember to use the discount code DICRAFT-TEN at checkout. Shop the kit here
For those who are into hoop art, Tea with two cats is a lovely kit for you or a great gift!

Leave it in a hoop or you can frame it in a round mountboard for your mantelpiece or shelf. Have a look here for more information and to shop the kit. 

Remember to use the discount code DICRAFT-TEN at checkout in order to receive the 10% discount. 

Did you know? It’s a lovely friend for the Tea in the Garden kit. 

Gorgeous silk ribbon floral pendants make beautiful Christmas presents
These fantastic floral pendants were created by talented embroiderer Risa from Risa's Embroidery Chest. 

She was inspired by my book RES (Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork) 

Her unique pendants show that you can use my RES book as inspiration for any of your own creative projects and each person's ideas and creative flow can look different. 

Check out her Instagram account in which she reviews my RES book. It offers you a closer look at the contents of the book and what you can learn and you can watch it here

On her YouTube channel she also has two of her own stitch along videos that follow her process of creating these beautiful pendants. What a lovely idea for gifts for friends and family. You can watch the Tulip and Iris pendant video here and the Delphinium and Fuchsia video here

She has a wonderful teaching style and you are sure to enjoy all of her videos and reviews.

My RES book is designed to appeal to both the beginner and the advanced embroiderer, this book will be an indispensable and practical guide for anyone wanting to create stunning floral art.

You can buy it here and you can find the complete RES Kit here that includes everything you need to make this spectacular panel. 

If you missed Risa's review of my best-selling book 'The Art of felting & silk ribbon embroidery' you can watch it here

It is the perfect addition to keep you inspired during the cooler months if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. 

This unique book brings the textile and embroidery worlds together by combining the two mediums, it is sure to delight and inspire beginners keen to work with the striking fusion of felt and silk.

It is a wonderful resource for any embroiderer and the ideal Christmas gift for a creative friend or family member.

 Shop the book here

Share and Learn

Free Strawberry Tutorial

Want to learn how to make cute strawberries? They are so easy to make and could be turned into lovely decorations for your Christmas tree, or to make a strawberry design for a hat or a bag or a hoop design. You could also use them to decorate a Christmas wreath and presents or you may think of something else unique to create with them. You will find the tutorial here. Enjoy!

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. 


Don't you wish you were here? 

This stunning piece 'Floral Patio' was created by the talented Irene Burtseva from Moscow in Russia. Irene buys my kits and this is her lovely rendition, in her own beautiful style.

Thank you Irene for sharing your talent with all of us. 

A Gift for You

Free patterns for our subscribers

This free gift is just in time for Christmas! Learn how to make silk ribbon Poinsettias. 

A talented member of the Dicraft team, Emma Kriegler, made this sweet Poinsettia decoration for the Christmas tree (makes a lovely gift for a friend) and you will find all that you need here. Enjoy and remember that we would love to see your creations!

When you upload it to your social media page, please use the hashtag #inspiredbydicraft and we will all be able to see it.

Have fun!

Sweet memories - 

A recipe for you for the holidays

An exploration into the world of forgotten sweets and candies – among the recipes are many well-loved favourites.

I have something special for you to make during the holidays! Turkish Delight from my favourite Sweet book by the super-talented Simone Balman from Cape Town. Published by Metz Press, you will find the book here.

You are welcome to download the recipe for your collection here:  SweetMemories Turkish Delight.

Thank you, Wilsia Metz, for sharing this with all of us!


Stay in Contact

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We look forward to meeting up and chatting with you on
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Wishing you a happy December stitching world! May your festive season be filled with lots of joy and Christmas cheer. 

Until next time, be happy, goed gaan.
and the team in Newlands, Cape Town.
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