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.
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.
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.
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.
you cannot find a good range of punch needle materials locally
for a list of suppliers.
punch needles, kits, yarn and more at https://www.wholepunching.co.uk/
of items available at https://thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/collections/punch-needle
punch needle supplies at https://www.littleforgetmenots.com