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STEP-BY-STEP RIBBON EMBROIDERY (article first published : 2003-02-7)

Ribbon Embroidery, the craft of using ribbon to create a three-dimensional embroidery creation, so fashionable in the Victorian era has once again become a popular pastime.

Di Van Niekerk’s well thought-out, practical and beautifully presented Step-By-Step Ribbon Embroidery guide is just the ticket for those either starting out, wanting to competently learn the intricacies of ribbon embroidery or those more experienced needleworkers looking for a fresh and interesting challenge.

Based in Johannesburg, Di van Niekerk is a talented and creative needlewoman, well-known throughout South Africa for her workshops on candlewicking, appliqué and ribbon embroidery.

No matter what your level, the guide encourages experimentation with its various techniques and its understandable, drawn-to-scale designs. The designs themselves, found at the rear of the guide, can be used for projects such as framing, cushions, dresses, quilts, etc. The gorgeous four-block baby’s quilt project would need a little experience, but definitely would be worth the work. To make things even simpler, the designs are aptly named, such as Harmony, Victorian Trellis, Byzantine, Snowdrop, Camelot, etc.

The book offers complete advice on tracing and choice of designs, selection of fabric, ribbon, thread, colour and bead (where applicable). Of special note were the various hints and notes that are found throughout the book, certainly making the whole process of starting out for the beginner, a much easier process.

The well illustrated and easy-to-follow stitch guide clearly demonstrates stitches such as French Knots, Honeycomb and Lazy Daisy and the detailed drawings of how to make a satin ribbon rose could not have been made any more obvious.

The guide is completed by basic step-by-step instructions on the various stages of ribbon embroidery and a comprehensive discussion on the details of the numerous designs.

A great plus for this type of craft book is that it is South African and therefore all the materials are readily available and easily acquired.

Featuring full colour photographs throughout by well-known photographer Craig Fraser, Step-by-Step Ribbon Embroidery is published by Struik and retails at R99.95.

The book is also available in Afrikaans as Stap vir Stap Lintborduurwerk/i> - Catherynn Dunstan




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