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.
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.
Klema’s Punch Embroidery
Klema concentrates on ‘Bunka Punch Embroidery’ which is a traditional Japanese handcraft. Working from the front of the project, not the back, you see your creation growing in front of your eyes. Klema’s Punch Embroidery has developed some uniquely Australian designs especially for you.
Klema started importing Bunka into Australia in 1992, when we found a ready market for this unique stitching method. As we became familiar with the product, we found that many of Australian Flora and Fauna suited this method beautifully, and so started producing our own designs featuring these items.
Using the same basic principles of stitching, we have adapted their kit format, being the fabric being pre-printed, and colour coded, so one can reproduce these stunning designs. The kits come with all the yarn necessary to complete the item, along with hints, and explanations, particularly when another technique has been introduced in the design. One of the main benefits being, one does not need to be artistic to be able to produce these works of art.
When it came to sharing the basics, we found that folk could stitch a greeting card within a couple of hours, and have something to show, finished and ready to take home. The demand for these grew and we have since released Card Kits for folk to do, out of class time.
With some experimentation, we have developed our popular ‘Stitch Perfection Needle’, (which replaced the two lengths of needle available on the market in the one item) and our ‘Pin Pusher’, the ideal tool for putting the Drawing Pins / tacks into the fabric, when pinning up, and also very useful when it is time to pull the pins out, once your item is completed.
All designs and tools are manufactured at Head Office/Showrooms, in Bethania, a suburb, half an hours drive south of Brisbane, in Queensland.
Remember, if in the area, you are more than welcome to drop in and say Hi!
Klema at your Show or Event.
Klema’s friendly staff visit selected shows and craft events all over South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Contact us to arrange a visit. We can also train demonstrators and help you understand this satisfying pastime, that will enrich your life.
Although Bunka is simple to do, it does look complicated, and I find it difficult to explain exactly how to do it, without a visible aid!! Hence doing shows! This maybe to a small group of interested people, being a demonstration or a simple class (achieving a finished Greeting card within 2 hours). It could be at the local school fete, a craft show, or somewhere we can set up a stand, and demonstrate, as the general public pass by.
Comments like, where have you been all my life!! Even I could do that!! These help add to the enjoyment of the day, as they are then offered the opportunity to have a go.
If you can hold a pencil and like colouring in, you can achieve some spectacular results without years of learning the skills needed. A little pride in your work, along with enjoying yourself, help to bring these designs to life.
You do not need to be artistic, the kits come with the design already printed on the fabric (no counting or guessing where to go!). These are colour coded, along with arrows for the direction of stitching (as this helps with the realism of the design). Included with the fabric, you have all the yarn necessary to achieve the finished project, a paper copy of the design, in case you loose track of a colour or area, and this also includes some hints to help you achieve a great result.
Cannot get to a show, not in the area? We do have a YouTube on the basic’s so you can see visibly how to !! (Klema’s Punch Embroidery—if you just type in Klema, you are likely to get a lesson on how to play a guitar!!)
If you want to invite us to your show, or you want to host a class, or even have private classes, please click the link and send us a message and we'll get back to you ASAP (Contact Form).
Bunka shishu (????), in English often shortened to "bunka"; is a form of Japanese embroidery originating around the turn of the 20th century. Bunka artists use a specialized embroidery needle and rayon threads to create very detailed pictures that some liken to oil paintings. Typical subjects include people, living things (traditionally fish), and traditional Japanese scenes.
Bunka is considered a form of punchneedle technique, and the rayon threads used are woven in a chainette format, which, when opened, gives a boucle texture to the yarn. Unlike other embroidery techniques, however, bunka is worked from the front of the fabric rather than the back.
Unlike some other forms of embroidery, bunka is fragile and is usually presented as artwork rather than as clothing adornment. Bunka has gained in popularity since the advent of numbered kits, which provide a step-by-step guide to producing artwork.