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Punch Needle Embroidery For Beginners
BY Lucy Davidson

Search Press
24 November 2020 / ISBN 9781782218647
How-To Books / Needlework

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Punch needle work is enjoying a revival at the moment, with people discovering how simple and fun it is to thread up the tool and punch it into fabric to create any design you choose. This book shows you how to begin with this absorbing craft.

There are many different types of punch needle, and you select the type you want according to what yarn you want to use and the effect you want to achieve. My own experience is solely based on using a fine tool with sewing thread to decorate garments; this book takes a look at the chunkier side of the craft. The main tool used is the wooden Amy Oxford Punch Needle which is designed for thicker yarn, and the projects reflect this in their ruglike appearance.

The first half of the book takes a look at different types of needle, what yarns and threads you can use and the best types of cloth. You can learn how to make the fabric taut in a hoop or frame, and even how to make your own frame if you have the right tools and some woodwork skills. Transfer your designs, thread up your needle and discover how versatile a punch needle can be in creating looped effects. There is also a basic troubleshooting guide, advice on designs and how to finish off your work so it doesn’t come undone. The rest of the book contains the twelve projects and you can create two pillows, plant pot covers, hoop art to hang on the wall, a lion soft toy, rug, patch for a jacket, bags and my own favorite, a summery purse shaped like a lemon wedge. There is a breezy, outdoor look to the motifs including a shell pillow, phases of the moon bunting, and more than one item with a seaside theme.

The author has wisely picked simple shapes for use with the chunky tool and yarn which translates into pieces that are contemporary looking. Because this is a simple craft and the instructions on using the tool are at the front of the book, instructions with projects are mostly text, with lists of what you need (including the exact brand and variety of yarn), measurements in imperial and metric, and both design and color chart diagrams showing what goes where. Turn to the back and there is a useful pocket with full-sized patterns. If you want to take the plunge into punch needle work this is a very good place to start.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2021