Crafter Interview: Tetiana Korobeinyk

Posted by: Lannie

Tetiana Korobeinyk is the artist behind Silk Ribbon Embroidery. She creates beautifully realistic images of flowers and more in stunning colour. Welcome to iCraft, Tania!

Picture embroidery "Roses"

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Tetiana KorobeinykMy life, like the lives of the people of my generation who have personally experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union, was not easy. It is possible that the difficulties experienced by people push them to search for a new realization of all that the Creator has placed in us.

I was born in a small town in Ukraine. My father loved  nature, and he taught his three daughters to love it too. He told us of the medicinal properties of plants and led us to the woods to pick mushrooms.

As an adult I studied telecommunications and went to work in Yakutia, now called Saha-Yakutia, in Siberia. Friends, it is the most beautiful place. Nature is magnificent, monumental, powerful. Bellissima!

Later our family was moved to Kiev. No one was waiting to give us a job, and it was a difficult time for us. There were days when I did not know what to put on the plates of the children.

Eventually I came to look for work in Italy, I met my current husband. We've been married 10 years, we have a common child, Ivan. We live in beautiful southern Italy, but the work is not there. Before I began to embroider with silk ribbon, I also did crochet and macrame.

Silk embroidery picture of poppies

What got you started and why did you choose silk embroidery?

I first saw embroidery with ribbon in a book bought in Kiev, by an Italian, Donatella Chiotti, in a Russian edition. The beauty in that book got into my hands, it infected me for life. From there I began my new life, full of creation and satisfaction. The first works now look very simple, not so much co-ordinated colors, but they seemed then to be masterpieces! I think it goes this way for all who learn this technique.

My husband has always supported. He told me: Tania, continue, make them a lot and put them aside, then you will have success! I did not believe him, but I kept going, because it gave me so much joy. Years have passed, I began to sell my work.

Picture "Angel", Silk ribbon embroidery.

Who are some of your influences? Who has been your inspiration?

One of my most important influences is Lady Di van Nikerk from South Africa, a very famous person in the world of ribbon embroidery. She's my friend on Facebook, has written several books and organizes international competitions. Here is her website.

Those who want to get advice about silk ribbon embroidery should find the Di van Nikerk books, and view her videos on YouTube. Here is another good video channel that I follow and  "Тютелька в тютельку", though videos are in Russian.  

I find inspiration in nature, seeing the pictures of painters, work of other embroiderers. The Hungarian painter Szechenyi Szidonia inspires me most of all.

Sunflowers, silk embroidery.

Have you done any shows or exhibits?

I did a solo show a few years ago in my city called Foggia. You can watch the show below (in Italian).


I have participated in some collective exhibitions with artists from Foggia, who have been my colleagues and have always admired my art. Here is a link to one of my shows on YouTube.

I work at home, everything is very prosaic.
In addition to the housewife work at home, I find the time to do what I like most of all. For the last year, most of my work has been commissioned. Examples include in Russia, the United States, Australia, France, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Germany, Spain, Italy....

Here are some links to see more of my work:
on YouTube, (my YouTube Channel),  Facebook (my personal Facebook page).

Tania at her silk embroidery show in Foggia Italy

My favourite thing to do is to embroider flowers and landscapes. I love to take the embroidery colors after finishing and make some adjustments, adjusting the shadows, give more light to the picture.

The difficulties I have no more, there is only an immense joy!

Thank you Tania for sharing your story and your beautiful work with us.

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Mar 25, 2015 | SilkRibbonembroidery

Grazie tante!

Mar 25, 2015 | designsbydebra

I love your work. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 25, 2013 | SilkRibbonembroidery

Thank you, Sarah! In fact if one is passionate about something, it does not take patience. Why every minute spent at work is an immense pleasure.

Nov 25, 2013 | SarahMars

You have such a talent! I admire your work and your patience. Must be very time consuming to recreate the whole painting from ribbons. Amazing!

Nov 19, 2013 | SilkRibbonembroidery

Thank You, Elena! I'm working hard, but I can not insert the new works here, because I get them freshly made ordering and must be shipped. Maybe even something that moved here .... Thank you for this acceptance friendly!Tania.

Nov 18, 2013 | Craft Boutique

Absolutely adorable works! Thank you Lannie for introducing a new Master to our community!
Tetiana, it's a true pleasure for eyes and soul; I hope to see more of your works soon.
Cheers! Elena

Nov 17, 2013 | LisaGold

Oh yes, embroidery kits would be a good way to start. I did look through some recommended videos. They are pretty good. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 17, 2013 | SilkRibbonembroidery

Lisa, speaking of that work, which you commented in the press-I embroidered on the fabric already bought. Sometimes the base I prepare myself. I would recommend the books aguistare Di van Nikerk, and she also sells the kits to embroider. Tweety URL try ​​in the article by Lannie. You will succeed for sure! On my Facebook page there are albums with pictures of the technique. Best Wishes!

Nov 17, 2013 | LisaGold

Your work is amazing, Tetiana! I wonder how long does it take to make such detailed painting. Do you paint canvas yourself or buy it ready for you to add ribbons to the painting? I am pretty curious about this silk ribbon embroidery technique now. Would love to try it myself. Just not sure I have the patience for it. :)

Nov 16, 2013 | SilkRibbonembroidery

Thanks again and for me it was a pleasure, Lannie!

Nov 16, 2013 | Lannie

Hi Tania, it was my pleasure to work with you.

All the best on iCraft!

Nov 16, 2013 | SilkRibbonembroidery

Thank you very much!

Nov 16, 2013 | iCraft Admin

Thank you for your nice words and for sharing your story, Tetiana! Your work is amazing and deserves recognition. We are happy to have you with us.

Nov 16, 2013 | SilkRibbonembroidery

Hi Lannie! You are great! I was also moved by reading your article, you were not wrong niente.Sei very proffessional! I did read to my husband, I put the link now also on Facebook. Thank you so much, Lannie for your work, for your patience with my problems of language, I also thank the staff of the website for your attention to my modest person. No site had welcomed me so cordially. A hug!

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