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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published December 13th 2018
Treasures you won't find in the shops
I hold treasured memories of visiting the CWA shop, on O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, with Nana years ago. The air of achievement inside gave me a good feeling. Everything was handmade and full of love and I remember touching the handknits and crocheted doilies while eyeing off the plump fruit cakes and colourful meringues.

There's a place in Middleton that reminds me of those days with Nana. It's called Middleton Arts and Crafts and it's in an old stone building on the main road.

The Old Hall. Middleton.
The Old Hall, Middleton. Home of Middleton Arts and Crafts.

When I had my first baby I turned all 'homespun' and started knitting coat hanger covers. Nana said they prevented your frocks from hanging too close together and getting creased. For me, it was about putting the baby to bed and indulging in a relaxing therapy. Everyone I knew got hand-knitted coat hangers for Christmas that year.

Knitted Coat Hangers
Knitted Coat Hangers

There's a selection of such coat hangers at Middleton arts and Crafts along with hand knitted baby clothes. Nana liked the look of babies in hand knits.'They look cared for' she'd say.

Knitted baby clothes
Knitted baby clothes

I don't recall seeing teddies in footy colours at the CWA. Maybe the footy colours were different or perhaps it wasn't 'done' to have footy paraphernalia in CWA circles back then. However, there's quite a selection of teddy footy knits at Middleton Arts and Crafts.

Knitted teddies and teddy-clothes in footy colours
Knitted teddies and teddy-clothes in footy colours

I spotted a footy colour doorstop too.


There were pickles, sauces, sweets, cakes and jams on sale.

A selection of home made jams
A selection of home made jams

As well as handmade soaps.

Hand made soaps
Hand made soaps

The shelves were fully laden with jewellery, headlight, mosaics and pottery of all shapes and sizes.

Pottery trinkets
Pottery trinkets

A separate room had a display of paintings by local artists.

Local art

I found it a treasure trove of handmade gift ideas, certainly quite different from what you find in shops these days. Not a 'made in China' sticker or label to be seen. Prices were very reasonable, especially given the time taken by the artists and craftspersons involved. I love it that cottage industries and handmade products are still around in these times of mass-produced, disposable clothing, toys, household items and you-name-it. I plan to take my granddaughters to Middleton Arts and Crafts in the school holidays. I'll hopefully raise their awareness of the handmade philosophy. Maybe they'd like to learn to knit.
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Why? Find homespun goodies here
When: Daily 10.30am-3.30pm. Except Christmas Day.
Phone: Lorraine 85552448
Where: The Old Hall, Main Road, Middleton
Cost: inexpensive
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