Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Happy Easter to everyone

Happy Easter to everyone.

What happen to March ???  Everyone tells you when you are home, you will have so much time on your hands
that you will not know what to do with yourself, what a lie that is.

I want to show you what groovy pot holders our  91 year old Mother has made for us.

The Barossa Embroiders Guild Invited us to have a trading table at there Exibition during the Barossa Vintage Festival.
There Exibition will be from the 19th of April to the 23rd of April, the times are Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm
at the CWA hall in Tanunda.  So if you are out that way, come and see the exibition it is always very good, and say hello to us while your there.

This is all for today, happy stitching from all of us here at Christina's Craft and Gifts.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Gumnut Yarns.

Gumnut Yarns

Today I would like to talk about Gumnut Yarns, these threads are hand dyed in Australia by a wonderful  lady that lives in country New South Wales.  She is a very gifted dyer and all her colours blend well with each other.

There are 6 different yarns that she dyes, these are Buds and Stars (silks), Poppies (50% wool and 50% silk),
Tulips (mohair), and Blossoms and  Daisies (wool).

These yarns open up a large world of different stitch techniques, from stump work , crewel embroidery, long and short stitching, the list goes on.  Some of the techniques and threads we have used are shown in the pictures.
Once you use these yarns, you will fall in love with them just as we have.

This shall be all for today, happy stitching from all of us at Christina's Craft and Gifts

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas to all.

First of all, I hope that everyone has had a lovely Christmas Day. We here in Adelaide are having a 40c degree day, I hope it is cooler where you are .
I know that time has passed since my last blog, but I hurt my right hand and writing was not an easy task.

Rosemarie and I where invited by the Prospect Gallery to exhibit, an embroidery piece at their Prospect Community Art Show, the exhibition is on from the 4th December  to the 22nd January 2017 at 1 Thomas street Nailsworth South Australia.

My UFO stash is still as high as ever, not much stitching was done this year, I am hoping that 2017 will be
a more productive one.

This shall be all for today, enjoy your stitching,  see you all in the New Year and I hope that 2017 will be a good year for all of us stitchers.
So good bye for now from all of us here at Christina's Craft and Gifts.


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

It has been a while since my last blog

It has been a while since my last blog. September was a busy month for us, first trying to get ready for Beating Around The Bush market day, which was a week of Embroidery  classes  with a market day thrown in for good measure.
The market day was a busy day, meeting old stitching friends and making new ones.We for got to take a photo of our stand, the best I can do is show you what our stand look like two years ago, but this time we brought more threads with us.
Of course now we have the job to put everything back to its right place.

This shall be a for today, happy stitching from us here at Christinas Craft and Gifts.  

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Colour Streams threads and ribbons.

I guess a lot of us are watching the Olympics and what a good excuse to stitch at the same time.  I must say these Athletes do us all proud, to think of all the hours they have work to get to where they are today and winning Gold medals is not everything, doing your best is what it is   
all about.

Today I would like to talk about one of our suppliers, Colour Streams owned by Robyn Alexander who lives in Mullumbimby
New South Wales Australia.  We carry her hand dyed silk threads and ribbons, her colours are to die for.  To see her threads and ribbons go to

We get our inspirations from her colours, as you can see by some of the samples below.

In the kit Seaside Garden,  the corner thread was the inspiration for the rest of the design. In the Romantic Rose Pincushion and the Trailing Rose Biscornu kit the ribbons told the story, and in Padthaway cottage most of the flowers are worked in various thicknesses of Exotic Lights.  Who would not get inspired by these ribbons and threads.
I hope that this has given you the taste to try some thing new.

Happy stitching from all of us here at Christinas Craft and Gift.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Museum quality acid-free tissue paper

We have just been informed by our wholesaler that they have museum quality acid -free tissue paper. It is 20x30" non-buffered tissue, so it will not scratch or mark your embroidery items.  It comes as a 6 sheet pack priced at $7.95 or a 12 sheet pack for $13.95 .

Well I hope that everyone here in Adelaide has survived our cold snap we just had.  Some one from the weather department said that the wind came from the Antarctic, it certainly felt like it.

We have just booked our stand for Beating Around The Bush market day, which will be held this year on a Saturday, the 8th of October, at Immannuel College Adelaide.
Our stand number will be 16, so come and see us and say hello. As we have not embroider much this year, we have decided to bring more of our specialty embroidery threads to the marked day. So if there is some thing special you would like us to bring, along that we stock just let us know either by email at needlework@christinascraft.com.au or call us on 08 8255 9272. Or just leave a message at the end of this blog.

This is all for today, happy stitching from all us here at Christinas Craft and Gifts.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Time to stitch

Winter has just started here in Australia and it is a good time to sit by the fire and stitch.
At last I have finished one of my UFO's, just a few more to go.  As you can see by the photo below my finished UFO is one of my Lion cushions.

The threads I used for the finished cushion are, Paterna/Paternayan colours 262, 704, 716, 732,734.
For the unfinished cushion I used Gumnut Yarns Blossoms 606, 726, 728,853 and Gumnut Tuplips 990.
Once both cushions are finished, I just need to write the notes, then you will be able to buy them as a kit or as a chart.
If you go to our Web Shop site, you will find the colour cards for Gumnut Yarns and Paterna threads.

I hope that everyone is enjoying their stitching, until next time.
Happy stitching from all of us here at Christina's Craft and Gifts.