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Di Van Niekerk Embroidery Silk Ribbons

I now stock the Di Van Niekerk silk ribbons and ribbon packs for her many designs in her books.

I also stock the ribbons 2mm and 4mm 'Wheat' No. 110 for 'Maureen the Owl' embroidery from the book 'Crewel Creatures' by Hazel Blomkamp.

2mm Silk ribbon No 134 for 'Janet the Elephant' embroidery from the book 'Crewel Creatures' by Hazel Blomkamp.
2mm Silk ribbon No 77 for 'Claude the Firebird' embroidery from the book 'Crewel Birds' by Hazel Blomkamp.
To purchase these visit my shop:

Link to my shop to purchase these ribbons

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Di Van Neikerk Silk Ribbons

I am a stockist of these wonderful silk ribbons which are hand dyed. They make the most beautiful life like silk ribbon embroidered flowers and of course are the recommended ribbons for all of Di van Neikerk's publications such as 'Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork'.

They are available in a range of widths from 2mm to 7mm although I do have some in 13mm, 25mm and 32 mm.

I have put them in my shop but you need to contact me first with what your requirements are before paying for your ribbons.

Link to shop

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NEW Rag Rug Design to join the collection 'to make'!

After many months of working with sari silk and my corsages I now have designed and developed the rag rug bee with wings. It will join the ever popular family of animals I have designed but is the first insect.

Size: 14cm x 14cm.

Available as a kit from my web site at £6.50

Can be ordered as part of my community packages

It will be available to' make' at my workshop at Craft4Crafters Exhhibition, Westpoint, Exeter 15th - 17th February 2018

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Craft4Crafters 15th-17th February 2018

As 2017 closes I look forward to a busy 2018 with my Rag Rugging and Embroidery!

I start the year with a 3 day 'drop-in' workshop at the Craft4Crafters Exhibition at Westpoint, Exeter.

The NEW 'make' this year will be my Sari Silk Corsages with a bit of bling! [£3 to make]

There will be more new animals including a Polar Bear, Rabbit, Bee and Octopus.[£3 to make]

Both corsages and animals will be available as kits to take away [£6]

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Rag Rugging Kit

My Rag Rugging Kit is a distance learning kit which allows you to learn to rag rug if you cannot attend my classes.  As an Open University Tutor I understand the challenges of distance learning and my kit has a unique mini rag rag that I make [I must have made 1000's and 1000's] to help successful learning to take place.

I have supplied them for many years to the National Trust where rag rugs are a part of the property or I provide workshops such as The Old Post Office Tintagel [View Here] Buckland Abbey [View Here] and Finch Foundry [View Here]



This kit contains:

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Barnstaple Embroidery Group

My embroidery group meets twice a month at the Roundwell Community Centre, Barnstaple [next to Sainsbury's].  All types of embroidery can be learnt here from surface embroidery to ribbon embroidery, stumpwork and goldwork.  I will also teach rag rugging at these sessions.


Students are working on different projects and group size is small with between 10-12 in each session.

My web site has details of dates and examples of 'work in progress' and completed works.

Link to my web site for more images and dates

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National Trust Embroidery Kit: Commission for Upton House

Upton House is having a 3 year project called 'Made to Measure' from when in 1927 Lord and Lady Bearsted set about designing their country House.

Web link to NT Upton House


I was asked by Zoe Knott, Retail Manager of the National Trust property Upton House, to produce an embroidery kit based on a design that she had created. Beaded embroidery was an important part of the 1920's so one of the designs had to incorporate beads.

The kits went on sale in August and can only be purchased from Upton House.

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Art Trek 2017

I will be part of the North Devon Art Trek 2017 event and providing demonstrations and workshops at South Molton Library.

Link to Library


The dates I will be there:

Saturday 16th September

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Rag Rugging Kits: The Little Animal Kits

My Little animal kits which started with just the squirrel have been so popular as rag rugging workshop 'makes' and as kits.

Originally I was asked by a National Trust property in the Lake District to design one that fitted in with their theme of their resident Red Squirrel population. He proved so popular that I then designed the owl the next year. At the same time I developed the Clovelly Fish and Clovelly Lobster.

Last year I had a 'creative surge' and designed and got into production the Sheep, Ladybird, Green Turtle and Hedgehog.

** September 2017:

New animals to be released this Winter/Spring: Bee, Octopus, Polar Bear, Penguin, Dog

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My New Blog

Good Morning!

This is my new blog and seems relevant to have a new addition to my rag rugging and textile business on the day I start my summer holiday season at Clovelly where it all started.

I shall be working at Clovelly today, Monday and Tuesday this week with my demonstrations and workshops. Look forward to seeing you there.

I will no be there for the coming week 23rd, 24th and 25th July due to poor health.


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