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Christmas is here, and its the time when I normally take a couple of weeks down time, and get ready for the New Year! 

So I will be closing shop from Wednesday afternoon (21st December), and will probably be back in the office on 9th January.  Probably being operative, as I am waiting for surgery, which might delay this by a week.  I will be in and out of the office over this period of time, so will sort through the emails, but be aware that it might be a few days before you get an answer.

Like colouring in?  Remember Bunka kits give the same relaxing intent as using a colouring pencil, but if you do not like the combination, with Bunka you can change colours without a problem.  Two of our newer kits (A327 Rose Bouquet/A328 Daisy Bouquet) are easy to 'colour-in' and these two are also available as Fabric only so you can use up your excess yarns, and create your own colour scheme. (for fabric only order FA327/FA328 - adding the F prefix, indicates Fabric only.)

This is a special time of year for many as we acknowledge our Saviour's birth, and as such I pray that you might know HIS joy and comfort at this time, and into the New Year. 

Looking forward to 2017, and all it will bring,

With our wishes

Lorna & staff

 

 

 

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No need to tell you that Christmas is here, which means the end of the Year, and that 2017 is about to start.

Time for New Years Resolutions, as we look back and think forward ....  A time to look at enjoying each day and make the most of them.  One way to have something to show, is to spend some time doing Bunka, your design will grow quickly, and you will have something solid to show at the end of an hour or two.  We have some new and exciting designs coming up soon, useful for the beginner, the experienced and for those with plenty of yarn that they would like to use up.

Plus keep your eye out for other ways Bunka can be used, besides being behind glass and hanging on your wall!

Note we will be closed for a few weeks from Christmas, so if you are needing anything for the holidays, probably good to get in touch quickly, so we can get the items off to you.

 

 

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Enhancing the Home.

Klema’s Punch Embroidery kits include the printed fabric and all instructions needed to complete your project. When finished they are ready to be displayed in your home (or Office) or make a beautiful gift to share with family and friends. You can add your own frame and/ or mount to finish them off.

Klema’s Punch Embroidery designs, come in a variety of sizes, from Postcard size up. Most are mounted under glass in a frame, and displayed on the wall. They will enhance any home or office.

When doing public displays, with having some Pictures on display, I find it amusing as I listen in to passers by debating their origin. Many come up with a painting, occasionally, as embroidery, most commenting that it is very fine work, until they actually stop and see how it is achieved!

I am constantly surprised as to the number of people who think that all embroidery is either cross-stitch or tapestry, and that is what some member of their family do. But if they stop long enough to take a breath, they soon discover it is different, and often comment, ‘Why, even I could do that!’. And this comment comes from both genders, with many men seeing the advantage of being able to relax and create.

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Explore our Unique Klema Designs

Klema’s Punch Embroidery uses Australian artists and photographs to help develop designs that are uniquely Australian. Visit our online shop to see them, and other selected designs from around the world.

With our designs, we have sourced a variety of concepts to reproduce in a stitched format. This has caused us to look at various stitching techniques to match some of our rugged bushland, and these stitches are explained in the kits where they appear.

Many of the designs have come off photographs, taken from around Australia, some, like the Jacaranda Homestead, (A603) is a combination of 5 different photo’s being merged into one.

We have been given permission to use all reproductions from whatever their source.  Some paintings have been done by local artists, like A611 Bellevue (Paul Miller), A401 Cockatoo’s Delight, being painted by Carla, a local lass who was 16 year old at the time, and some of the sepia designs (A607 Times Past, and A608 Bush Hut) coming off designs by Rosemarie.  A305 Frogs in the Dreamtime and A313 Old Man Emu, were painted by an Aboriginal artist.

As a result of an overseas trip, we have extended our range to include some designs from Africa and Europe. These are part of the Global Range, and are not typically Australian! You will note with our coding for most of our designs, we have an ‘A’ in front of their number, and those with ‘G’ are from this Global range. An example being G354 Zebra’s, which is a combination of 3 photo’s.)

Exceptions to designs with colour coding, will be the Card Sets where there is a variety of coloured backing fabrics and a selection of various coloured yarns, so you can select your own combination. This helps to make each one unique. The other exception is GS50 Swiss Planter (again from our Global range), which has the photo actually printed on the fabric, and you fill in the bits, like highlighting the flowers and plants. This particular photo was taken at 8 o’clock at night on the outskirts of Geneva!

Most of the designs have a history, so if interested contact us and we can fill you in on their original source.

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Klema’s Unique Stitch Perfection Needle

 

Klema’s Punch Embroidery makes their own needles in the factory in Bethania (just south of Brisbane in Queensland). Our quality control demands the highest standard, and we find these needles are in demand all over the world.

When released into the market, this needle received a mixed response. When given the opportunity to try the currently available, along with the new, one did not have to try and convince anyone as to which was the better. We had a few who could not get their head around the lack of second hole in the shaft, but apart from that, most found the ‘Stitch Perfection Needle’ did a perfect job.

These needles are hand made individually on site here at Head Office, and are individualy tested before being sold. Occasionally one might slip through the system, but be aware they are guaranteed, so we are happy to replace should you have a problem.

They are rather hardy, but dropping the needle on its point is definitely not recommended! Also, it is suggested that you make sure, when pushing the needle full depth into the fabric, that you do not hit the table top underneath. If this should happen, and you burr the point, we can tweak the point, for a small charge, saving the necessity of having to buy a new one.

These needles come with a ‘Red Sleeve’ which, when removed gives a longer loop pile under the work, or if working with an item to be ‘fluffed’ this will give you a larger loop, which will give a better finish when teased. In other words, with the sleeve on, it is the regular length of most current needles, which will be the majority of your work. Taking the sleeve off, will give a greater/longer loop, which is ideal if you are going to ‘fluff’ up your work.

We also find that sometimes when doing our ‘Instant French Knots’ or ‘Rosette’ stitch, these will be larger, if the sleeve is removed before working.

The main shaft of the needle (the white section) is close to a regular pen/pencil size, and suitable for those with mobility problems to slip on a commercial pencil grip to help with holding this needle.

These needles are simple to thread, and come automatically with their own long Needle Threader. (These threaders are also available in packets of three, should the need arise.)

To order your Stitch Perfection Needles - just ckick here!

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Klema proudly supplies Complete Kits.

At Klema’s Punch Embroidery we combine our own patterns and designs with the best available yarns as a complete package, so you can instantly start to create your own work of Art. A real heritage gift to share.

Klema’s kits come complete, in a resealable plastic bag. The backing fabric has been screen printed with the design outline. This has the sections/areas numbered to correspond to the colour yarn to be used to fill in that area, and often have arrows to indicate which direction one should stitch. Direction is reasonably important, as this gives the design depth/dimension, and helps the finished article to look more like an Oil Painting, than actual stitching.

The kits come with a colour reproduction of the finished picture (not an artists impression) and there is a duplicate of the printed outline on paper, to help keep track of colours and areas that need to be filled in. These often have suggestions as to where to start or what to look out for, when working the design, and if we have introduced a technique, that is not basic, then this is covered with directions on how to achieve this particular stitch. These kits also include the very basic stitching instructions, so a rank beginner can tackle these items with confidence.

With most of our kits, you will find that the backing fabric, is used as part of the design, so often the sky does not have to be filled in, as the backing fabric is light blue.

One will note that most of the designs are for mounting under glass, and when framed can be displayed on the wall.

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