I have been having the best time teaching myself Punchneedle Embroidery. It is so much fun and easy to do.
I have had it on my list of things I want to learn for years and I finally bought the supplies and a great book a few weeks ago. I had some time to sit down and read it this weekend, and I was punching away at my design within about an hour.
I would describe it as a cross between embroidery and rug hooking. I am having so much fun.
I got all of my supplies online at http://www.joanns.com/ . I think the supplies and the project book I found on amazon.com cost me about $40 including shipping.
Here is the book, Punchneedle Fun that I highly recommend...
I found the book to have better directions in the introduction about Punchneedle than the instructions included with the kit or the punchneedles themselves. I highly recommend getting it too if you want to try this craft. :)
http://www.joanns.com/ has everything you need to get started and they always seem to have a coupon code on the home page that you can use at checkout. I saved 50% off of the most expensive item when I bought mine.
All you will need to get started is a
- punchneedle kit with your favorite design,
- a set of punchneedles & threader,
- a locking embroidery hoop size 7" or what is indicated by the kit you choose,
- permanent fabric glue and
- sharp pointy embroidery scissors.
I chose a retro flower design kit for my first project. The image was already stamped on the fabric and is only about 3" x 4" . The perfect size to learn and get hooked as the feedback is fast and fun as the little loops fill up the space as you punch.
I think it is so neat that you are working on the back of the piece and the loops form on the front. You actually flip over your project to see what you are creating!
Here is my design inside the locking 7" hoop. I have begun to fill in the light yellow section.
This is what you see when you are working which is the back and...
Here is what is forming on the front. Look at all the cute little loops!
As you can see, I am having fun as I did all of this in just a couple of hours or so.
I am following the chart to see what sections get punched with the thread colors the kit provides.
Here is the front of the project so far and soon it will look like this...
I just bought 2 more kits and some blank weavers cloth to make my own designs and the projects in the book I showed you.