Greetings, Stitching World, from a cool but sunny Cape Town. I hope you are all safe and well and finding time to embroider. It’s what has kept many of us going these past few months and that’s why I think that embroiderers don’t mind staying at home as much as others do with lockdown. I have been busy working on my new website and I hope you will like it. It’s taken a long time to find the expertise to help me to transfer all the many products and more than a decade’s worth of blog posts and tutorials from the old antiquated site to this lovely new and easy-to-navigate website and I have John Blomkamp from Creative South to thank. He is an amazingly gifted developer and for this I am grateful.

About the New Website
There are two parts to the website. The shop (blue part) where all the products are kept and the blog (pink part) where the posts and tutorials are kept and both have translate facilities. When you are in the shop part, you can choose your currency. Let me know if you would like to add a currency that is not there yet. When you check out, it will be in US Dollars (USD), the default currency. For South Africans, you will be able to pay in Rands (ZAR) if you check out via PayFast or if you choose to do an EFT.
In the shop and the blog, there are dropdown lists to choose categories and some of the categories have their dropdown lists too. For example, hover over Box Full of Lessons to open another dropdown list of choices or if you prefer not to use drop- down menus, click on Box Full of Lessons (or Books or Ribbons) to be taken to the page with all the categories.
My ribbons are easier to order now as you can choose the width, the colour and then the quantity that you want. There is a flat shipping rate for the international courier (we use DHL and they are excellent) so no matter how much you order, it is a flat rate of USD 12.50. For local deliveries, it is a flat rate of USD 7 no matter the weight of your parcel.
The links and the downloads were carried across from the old website, but some may need adjusting. If you find anything not working properly or if there is an image missing, please, email me.
Because it is a new website, you need to register again on the shop (blue) part of the website. Press on My Account at the top of the page or the user icon on your phone. You can also add to your shopping cart and when you checkout, you can tick the option to open an account and an email will be sent to you with the details.
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What’s News?
I’ll tell you about a lovely new design and some news about my international workshops. I have also relaunched two treasures in the series, Box of Lessons which is a popular way of learning step-by- step.
You will see that we have some lovely specials this month and to celebrate the launch of my new website, there is a coupon which I will tell you about.
There is a free downloadable gift—two cute little designs— available as a download with every order that you place. I also have a delicious recipe for you from a beautiful book. Bon appétit!
Embroidery is a way of life, it helps us to keep calm and focused and with everything that is happening in the world today, many of us know the secret of its wonderful therapy and how it helps us to unwind, to enjoy the down-time. And with some lovely ideas, we can help you do just that! For those visiting for the first time and not sure about our customer service, you are welcome to read some testimonials here.

New Release – Spring Flowers
There’s a lovely new design titled Spring Flowers in a Glass Jar by Anne Cotterill and it’s a beauty! There are four sizes and you will find them here. Click on each image size for more information. Looking forward to seeing your rendition!

Relaunch Box Full of Lessons 8 – Dream Cottage
Welcome news! We have relaunched one of our most popular kits and a firm favourite of many an embroiderer. I just love this peaceful scene, the colours, and textures, it’s a wonderful project. Box of Lessons is ideal for the beginner to silk ribbon embroidery or for those wishing to brush up on their skills. It’s perfect for advanced embroiderers too. This substantial kit is on special this month, so don’t miss out!

Box of Lessons 16 - the Handbag Kit
The lovely Box Full of Lessons 16 is now back in stock while stocks last. It’s a large kit with many components (the knitted background and the handles, lining etc. are all included) and such fun to make. Read more about this popular kit here.

A Gift with Every Order
A link will be sent with your order confirmation. Download and save these two cute petite designs for your collection. Perfect to make for someone special or to use for gift tags or even better, make the two little designs for your own home. Enjoy!

Special Offers
We have some lovely specials this month. Have a look here. All of them are best-sellers and you are sure to find something to suit you!
And to celebrate the launch of my new website, there is a coupon for you to receive a 10% discount on all my silk ribbons and starter packs. As you check out, enter this name in the coupon section: NEWBEGIN
This coupon expires on 27 July 2020

Share and Learn
I thank everyone who takes the time to send me photos of their work, I do enjoy seeing them and love sharing them with everyone on my blog and social media. Have a look at this lovely piece by Christine Chan from Los Angeles and some gorgeous embroidery by Inessa Sviderska from Batumi, a Black Sea resort and port city in Georgia. Look at this lovely Tea in the Garden design that was made by Catherine M from La Roche-de-Rame, a beautiful village located in the south-east of France.

Online Tutorials
1 Blue Bench in a Rose Garden by Marina Zherdeva from Moscow
Did you know about my free online tutorials? Have a look here to find hints and tips and techniques. Did you know about the popular Pink Delight tutorial series? I teach you step-by-step how to make a landscape in silk ribbon and the sizeable kit is on special this month too!

I am excited to tell you that I will be teaching at Lady Anne’s Needlework Festival in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, England 4th-17th July 2021
Bookings are open and you can read more about this fabulous opportunity here
Australia and Hawaii
For International Workshops in Australia and Hawaii, you will find the information here. Please, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Gift Ideas
Not sure what to get? We have some gift ideas for that special person in your life.
You will find them here.
If you ask, we will wrap the gift and I will write a note for you. All you need do (when you check out) is to let us know which is the gift and we will make a lovely card and include it with your order or we will courier the gift directly to your chosen recipient.

Royal Mug
I have not forgotten about the Royal Mug Challenge! There are some lovely pieces, not as many as I would have liked, but probably because of the lockdowns in the last few months. I thank those who sent me pictures of their lovely pieces and I will show them to you on my blog and social media in the next two weeks.

Flapjacks with Blueberry Sauce
And here is the delicious recipe I promised you. From the beautiful book: A Table for Every Occasion by Metz Press. Download and keep it in your collection for a special treat. Enjoy!

Coming Up...
On my blog, I will show beautiful pieces by talented embroiderers from all over the world. This beautiful work is by Julia Bernat Юлия Бернат from Balashikha near Moscow and I will blog about her soon. Do join me on Instagram or Facebook to see beautiful embroidery! Please contact me pictures of your work so I can share with embroiderers all over the world. It’s a wonderful way for all of us to stay in touch and to learn from one another.

Until next time... happy stitching, lekker borduur! Contact me if you have any questions or if I can help with anything.
Di van Niekerk and the team in Cape Town
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