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August 2011





Di van Niekerk’s August Newsletter

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August 2011
Greetings to you from a warm and sunny Newlands in Cape Town.

I am pleased to give you good news today!

The winners of the International Silk Ribbon Embroidery Competition have been chosen by the seven judges of this competition. The judges were from Australia,
USA and South Africa and they had a difficult time choosing from the 196 photographs that were sent to them on a CD.

Every file and photograph was coded. Not one of the judges knew what country the entry was from, or who had embroidered it. The judging was therefore
impartial and based solely on merit.

It has been an exciting event and I thank every embroiderer who participated in this competition. I will be showcasing each entry over the next few months for you to
see just how magnificent they are. We will all learn from each other this way.

For those of you who did not win a prize, I want you to know that you did so well — this was a very tight competition with entries from as far afield as Russia,
Australia, America, England, Turkey, Canada, Italy, Norway and South Africa. All of you have so much talent. A big round of applause to every one of you who
entered — I salute you for the passion and the love that you have shown for this craft….and a big thank you to the seven judges for their time and their dedication too!

The winners are


First Prize
Annamaria Kelly, Johannesburg, South Africa
for her entry:
WHLE25 – a bicycle.

First Prize

Dreamscapes: WHLE25 – a bicycle by Annamaria Kelly

Annamaria has won a prize to the value of R6000.00 and her entry will feature in the beautiful
Inspirations Magazine.


Second Prize
Maria de Graaff, Mossel Bay, South Africa
for her entry:
Garden Pond (BFOL 7).

Second Prize

Dreamscapes: Box full of lessons 7 – Garden Pond by Maria de Graaff

Maria has won a prize to the value of R4000.00 and her entry will feature in the beautiful
Stitches Magazine.


Third Prize
Marlize Meyer, (Flowers & Thyme Studio),
Pretoria, South Africa for her entry:
WHLE54 – Ballerina at ease.

Third Prize

Dreamscapes: WHLE54 – Ballerina at ease by Marlize Meyer

Marlize has won a prize to the value of R3800.00 and her entry will feature in the beautiful
Inspirations Magazine.


Fourth Prize
Hulya Gondur Sonmez, (Belsu-Crafturk),
Istanbul, Turkey for her entry
of a combination of Dreamscapes designs:
WHLE25 and
WH123 – the bicycles.

Fourth Prize

Dreamscapes: WHLE25 – bicycle by Hulya Gondur Sonmez

Fourth Prize

Dreamscapes: WH123 – bicycle by Hulya Gondur Sonmez

Hulya has won a prize to the value of R3700.00 and her entry will feature in the beautiful
Stitches Magazine.

And more good news


The following entries have received



Special Commendation prizes

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Olga Smirnova
Saint Petersburg, Russia
for her entry: WHLE54 – Ballerina
Jane Stilgoe
Booleroo Centre, Australia
for her entry: WHLE07
Valentina Ilkova
Nakhodka, Russia
for her entry: Garden Pond
Beyza Erguney
Istanbul, Turkey
for her entry: PM022 and PM025
Dawn Stelling
Johannesburg, South Africa
for her entry: WH2007-04
Denise Westgate
East London, South Africa
for her entry: WHLE59
   
Gene Joubert
Johannesburg, South Africa
for her entry: WH06
   

Each of the Special Commendations will receive a gift voucher for R500.00 to purchase anything they like from my website.

A total of R21, 000.00 worth of prizes for the lucky winners above.

Congratulations! It was such fun and we will have another competition in the near future.

I do hope that you have enjoyed seeing the beautiful photos and remember to subscribe to my blog to be the first to see all the other magnificent pieces that were entered in the
competition. These I will add over the months to come.

Until next time

Happy stitching!

Kindest regards



and the Crafts Unlimited team in Newlands, Cape Town