Hello from a sunny Cape Town... I hope you are well and happy! It has been a busy few weeks here in Newlands. The team has been preparing for the release of the beautiful new embroidery panels from the Jill Kirstein series , packing kits for the new Little Flowers book , and making panels, kits and ribbons for the IQCA show at Emperor's Palace in Johannesburg on 24 to 26 July 2014.

  New releases: The Jill Kirstein Series  

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Here are the six new Jill Kirstein designs that I told you about in the last newsletter. I hope that you will like them as much as we do!

1. Fuchsias, Roses and Delphiniums
2. A bowl of roses and violets
3. Roses, fuschias, hydrangeas and Jasmine
4. Wild orchids, violets, roses and blue salvia
5. On the Garden Fence
6. Good morning to you

There are 3 different sizes to choose from.

A3 (large) 297 x 420 mm 11.7 x 16.5 in
A4 (medium) 210 x 297 mm 8.3 x 11.7 in
A5 (small) 148 x 210 mm 5.8 x 8.3 in

Have a look at this category here to find all the designs and their sizes.

Remember the sizes are for the designs themselves. These are printed onto large blocks of cotton so that they fit nicely in the embroidery hoop or frames


Emma Kriegler and Jacqui O' Connell , two of South Africa's gifted teachers have made their masterpieces to inspire you. I just love the dimension and the colours! As soon as I can, I will add the kits that will be available in this series. Thank you Emma and Jacqui for your wonderful inspiration!

    #4 Wild Orchids Violets and Roses by Emma Kriegler from Stilbaai, South Africa    
    #4 Wild Orchids Violets, Roses by Jacqui O Connell of The Ribbon Room in Randburg Johannesburg    

See how the same design, embroidered by two different people, can be so different? That's the beauty of the art of silk ribbon embroidery� not one piece is ever the same!

Jacqui O'Connell also made the #1. Fuchsia Roses & Delphiniums below. Don't you just love her Roses and her Fuchsias?

    #1 Fuchsia Roses, Delphiniums by Jacqui O Connell of The Ribbon Room in Randburg, Johannesburg    

We have so many talented teachers and stockists throughout this world who keep our products and we welcome and thank our new stockists who have joined. Find a list of stockists on my blog here and search for your country in the search bar.

  Upcoming Shows  
International Quilt Convention Africa

Soon we will be travelling to Johannesburg for the International Quilt Convention Africa. My publisher, Wilsia Metz of Metz Press and I met last week to design our stand and it's going to be beautiful! I am so excited and can't wait to see all the friendly faces again! Metz Press, Hazel Blomkamp and I will all be on one gorgeous stand, so do look out for us at Emperor's Palace, Centre Court 24-26 July 2014. I know that a lot of quilters are travelling from America and I am sure from many other countries too, so don�t miss this golden opportunity, South Africans! Looking forward to seeing you there!

BATB Australia

Bookings for Beating around the Bush are well underway and my classes are filling up steadily, which is good news! Why not treat yourself to this wonderful week of fun with like-minded people. Have a look here for information about my workshops at the convention.

Looking so forward to meeting you in my workshops and I will bring you a pretty gift from Cape Town!

  Out and about  

We have been hiking in the mountains around Cape Town and with all the wonderful rains; I cannot describe how beautiful the Fynbos, the Proteas and Erica are! Linda took these photographs and I thought that you would enjoy seeing some of the little creatures that live on our mountains.

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  My Blog  
    Pansies and Bumble Bees by Olga Smirnova from St. Petersburg    

I have added some lovely new pieces by gifted embroiderers from across the globe, have a look here for sheer inspiration. Note: I will be adding Olga Smirnova's exquisite Pansies and Bumblebees next week and if you would like to receive an e mail as I add more masterpieces on my blog, you are welcome to subscribe for free here . It's a great way to share and learn! I have shared beautiful pieces by talented artists on my Facebook page and you are welcome to join in the fun.


Little Flowers book has received some lovely reviews and a big thank you to everyone who has written with feedback.

It is always so heartening after a year of hard work to receive compliments and likes. Thank you so much.

I loved reading this review by the well-known Mary Corbet of Needle 'n Thread.com from America. Her blog is fabulous with great tips, tricks and resources for hand embroiderers.

  Free Downloads and Bonus Hampers  

Free gift for you this month

I have a lovely free design for you to download for your collection today, titled Yellow Roses and Purple Irises and it is perfect for ribbon embroidery.

You can download it here . Enjoy!


Ribbon colour chart

Werner made a gorgeous colour chart of all my ribbons including the names of the colours. You can download it here.

Note: This is a large file as it contains over 130 swatches, and depending on your internet connection, it may take time to open the PDF and to download the chart. I hope you will find it useful.


Bonus Hamper

We have added some lovely new items to our Bonus Hamper and for every order over R950.00 you will qualify for a Bonus Hamper. Learn more about it here.

♫♬♪ Our exchange rate is incredibly helpful to anyone living outside South Africa... At the moment, 10 Rand costs less than 1 US$! When you place an order, you will find an updated feature to see the price in your own currency.


Until next time, may the weather be kind and enjoy your embroidery.

Kindest regards

and the Crafts Unlimited team in Newlands, Cape Town

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