Ingrid Berning is the owner and designer of Berion Designs. Her love of creative needlework started when she had to embroider a wall hanging for the end of year Home Economics exam in her final school year. The result was a satin stitched peacock which she eventually gave to her brother as a wedding gift.Counted Cross-stitch, Cross-stitch, Cross stitch, X-stitch, Embroidery, Needlework, Handwork, Hobbies, Crafts, Textiles, Namibia
Since then she has worked as a draughtsman in the disciplines of architecture, geology, mine surveying and electrical engineering as well as a graphics designer. In her spare time she tried her hand at various crafts – pottery, wood carving, knitting, crochet, embroidery, photography, quilting, reverse quilting and even mosaics – but her main love has always been the actual design work entailed in whatever she has created.
In 1998, while on holiday in the British Isles, Ingrid found an abundance of needlework kits relating to the various aspects of the different regions in the area and realised that nothing like that was available in Namibia. She started dreaming about designs depicting Namibian motifs but had no way to practically realise those dreams.
A few years later her dreams became reality when she was granted first option to purchase an existing craft shop in her home town Swakopmund, Namibia. Within a couple of years she turned the shop back into its original format of a wool and embroidery business, renamed it Wool ‘n Things, and used it as the home for her own designs. Since then she has produced numerous counted cross stitch kits depicting Namibian animals, birds, historical buildings, landscapes, people and miscellaneous “fun” designs.Counted Cross-stitch, Cross-stitch, Cross stitch, X-stitch, Embroidery, Needlework, Handwork, Hobbies, Crafts, Textiles, Namibia
To date these kits have been marketed solely from the shop and have been snapped up both by Namibian needlewomen and tourists holidaying in Swakopmund from all over the world. As a result of popular demand, Ingrid has finally been persuaded to make her designs available on the World Wide Web.
Here’s hoping you enjoy stitching her designs as much as she has enjoyed designing them! Namibia is the jewel of Africa. At the west coast of Africa, you will find Namibia