Punch Needle Embroidery: Punch needle embroidery is another technique to use to make great gifts or projects to keep. This craft dates back to the 17th century. Punch needle embroidery has been referred to as thread painting. This craft is worked on the back side of the fabric, you see the running stitches as you work, not the pile being created. Dimensions Seashells Punch Needle Kit
Punch needle embroidery uses pencil-shaped needles that are hollow in the center and are available in several sizes. While the handle is a permanent tool there are different sized needles that can be used in it. Yarn is punched through the fabric with this tool leaving tufted loops of yarn on top of the fabric. It creates a textured pile surface similar to a hooked rug. Various threads, yarns, and even ribbon can be used, anything that fits into the punch needle embroidery tool. It can be adjusted to make the loops short or long giving a dimensional look. While the technique is easy to do, you can create basic to complex designs on a wide area of fabric.
Punch needle embroidery can be done on 14 or 18 count Aida cloth, weaver’s cloth, or loose-weave linen or damask to create your own project. Fabric stamp pad ink and a rubber stamp can be used to stamp your design on the fabric. Kits are also available with the material, design, and threads needed to complete a project.
Some techniques for punch needle embroidery start with tightly securing the material in a hoop. Outline the border of the design, then fill it in with rows of punching. You want to try to hold the tool perpendicular to the fabric and barely lift it from the fabric, almost scratch the fabric, as you move it to the next spot. The area should have evenly punched and clean lines as you work. When a different color yarn is needed for a row, angle the tool away from that area so the loops don’t get mixed with the other color. Since you are working on the back side, turn the hoop over to the front side every now and then to check for areas that have not been punched. Fill in any gaps with the correct color. Try to keep the trailing end of the yarn away from anything it could snag on, to prevent the loss of stitches and time. Do not bunch the punches too closely together to prevent a bumpy and bulky look on the fabric.
There is no need to knot the ends of the threads when doing punch needle embroidery. You should use craft glue to secure the stitches on the back of the fabric when done, especially if the item will be laundered. A stitch can easily be pulled out without affecting other stitches to fix a mistake. This technique can be used to make framed pieces for the wall, Christmas ornaments, embellishments for clothing and so on. So for a craft that is easy, fast, relaxing, inexpensive, and versatile try doing punch needle embroidery.