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Beautiful embroidery from St Petersburg, Russia


Greetings from St. Petersburg in Russia 🙂


I am spending time with embroiderers from St. Petersburg today and I thought you would like to see some beautiful pieces by two very gifted stitchers: Valentina Razenkova and Olga Smirnova.


I spent the day with Valentina yesterday and with my very special friend and stockist,

Marina Zherdeva, who travelled through from Moscow. It was a very special day for me in this beautiful city.

Last night, I was taken to the Russian ballet To see  Giselle

What a special honour it was! I was in a dreamworld…


Valentina’s embroidery is out of this world she is enormously talented and here is one of her masterpieces. Valentina embroiders onto sheer organza and you will see what I mean when I say “out of this world”


Click on image to enlarge




and close-up detail





Don’t you just love the colours and the design? At the end of this letter, you will see two more beautiful works by Valentina, which I have been fortunate to purchase to take home to show the embroiders in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Kyiv next year!


Thank you Valentina for everything you and the embroiderers in St Petersburg, have done for me to make my stay with you so special. Thank you Rita for the time we spent in your lovely kitchen and for the delicious food!


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I think you will also love Olga Smirnova’s pieces. Two of these are from my Dreamscapes series and I just love what she has done with theWH2007 design…





… and close-up detail. Don’t you think that the leather pots add a fabulous texture in her design?





and the Ballerina from the Dreamscapes series is one of my favourite designs ….





Close-up detail…





and this lovely piece will surely brighten up your day 🙂




Olga made a delicious pudding – I will ask her for the recipe as it is something you must taste…. and her lovely husband carried the potato salad all the way from their home in St. Petersburg and brought it to us in Rita’s kitchen. Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed seeing embroideries from St Petersburg. I will tell you more about this (and a very special cat) when I am back in Cape Town. We leave for Moscow on the bullet train shortly, and tomorrow night we start on our long trip home. 


Enjoy your weekend, stitching world






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More masterpieces by Valentina Razenkova to brighten up your weekend :))






15 thoughts on “Beautiful embroidery from St Petersburg, Russia”

  1. Di спасибо родная за то что ты смогла приехать к нам в гости. Мы были рады знакомству с таким талантливым человеком.


  3. Dear Di! I love your beautiful embroidery works! I love your nice books! I’m also from St.Petersburg and I’m so sorry that I haven’t chance to see you and give you all my compliments. I wish you good luck!

  4. Oh wow!! Absolutely gorgeous.
    thanks for sharing.
    And I hope the train ride was fun 🙂
    regards Phillipa

  5. Дорогая Ди, для меня было великой радостью и честью знакомство с тобой! Наша встреча оставила неизгладимое впечатление в моей душе! Огромное спасибо, что ты приехала к нам!!!
    Обнимаю, Ольга.

  6. Dear Di ! Iam veri glad that you got to know !I love sew ribbons and I wanted to show their works to you and know opinion. I am glad you liked my work – it will giv me a lot of motivation ! Thanks a lot !Good luck to you ! I hope to see again !

    1. Dearest Rita
      Thank you for all your kindness and hospitality. I really did enjoy meeting you all in your lovely kitchen :)) Please send love to Vera, Tanya, Natalie and all the others and keep up with your beautiful embroidery. You have a wonderful talent and I just love your work. Take care my friend and thank you for the lovely gifts. Please tell everyone that I say THANK YOU for their gifts too. Lots of love Di

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