Wood Anemones by Di van Niekerk

3rd February 2023

Di van Niekerk is famous for creating stunning ribbon embroidery pieces. In this design, Di has skilfully embellished an existing painting by artist Anne Cotterill and brought it to life by adding dimension and form with her own range of hand-dyed, variegated silk threads.

Here are some facts: 

Publication: A Passion for Needlework 4 | The Whitehouse Daylesford

Designer: Di van Niekerk from South Africa

Project Name: Wood Anemones

Project Type: Framed Embroidery

Technique: Ribbon Embroidery 

Fabric: Pre-printed ivory linen

Design Transfer Required: No

Threads: Silk ribbons and cotton threads

Dimensions: 13cm (5 1/8”) square

Original Artwork: Design for printed panel created by Anne Cotterill 

Wood anemones, also known as the windflower, are a species of wildflower that can be found growing in dappled shade in their natural habitat of ancient woodlands. The flowers range in colour and bloom in spring and summer.

One of the specific wonder points we really enjoy about this project is how Di has converted the jug holding the posies into a 3D element by cutting it out as a separate piece of fabric and elevating it off the ground fabric by adding padding underneath. 

The final result is a spectacular arrangement of gorgeous ribbon flowers, softly shaded with delicate pinks and greens, that feel as if they have been freshly cut from the garden.

Special Note – to create your own Wood Anemones as it originally appears in the book A Passion for Needlework 4 | The Whitehouse Daylesford, you can either purchase the printed fabric panels available HERE or buy one of our Ready-to-Stitch kits (see below).

Make Your Own Wood Anemones

Step 1 – Purchase Project Instructions

Wood Anemones by Di van Niekerk is a dynamic printed panel with lustrous silk ribbons, softly shaded with delicate pinks and greens, creating a fabulous bouquet of blowsy anemones, fresh from the garden.

Printed Books

A Passion for Needlework 4 | The Whitehouse Daylesford

Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch kit for Wood Anemones includes everything* you need to re-create this dynamic ribbon embroidery : printed fabric panels, fabrics, fabric stabiliser, fusible webbing, embroidery threads, ribbons & needles.


Wood Anemones – APFN4 Kit

*Please Note: To cater for flexibility of purchase, instructions are not included with our kits. For step-by-step directions on how to create this project, please refer to the book A Passion for Needlework | The Whitehouse Daylesford

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