This weekend I discovered and fell in love with a new craft! Occasionally I would see these amazing embroidery videos as I was scrolling through Instagram. They looked almost like some kind of witchcraft with these gorgeous threads appearing to be held by thin air. Having spent a couple of days researching materials and techniques I bought the following:
- Punch Needle from Hobbycraft (£6)
- Schachenmayr Catania cotton yarn
- Woven Linen from The Modern Crafter
- Embroidery Hoop ( I used this one from Hobbycraft)
Compared with other hobbies, I think you’ll all agree that punch needle has very low start up costs. It’s also super easy to get started with – I watched a couple of YouTube tutorials and then I was on my way!
For my first punch needle attempt I just went with a simple design, it’s by no means perfect but I think that gives it a certain charm!
To start with, I stretched the linen in my embroidery hoop. It’s important to ensure the fabric is under high tension as this will help to keep your stitches securely in place.
I then traced out my design, just something simple for my first attempt – can’t go wrong with a mountain scene!
It took a little trial and error to find the correct thread and needle. Firstly, I learnt that your chosen thread must be able to move freely through the needle – any tension on the thread and your stitches will be pulled out of the fabric. Secondly, when picking the needle width, it needs to fit nicely through the fabric without damaging the fibres. In the end, I settled on the Catania cotton yarn with the large needle.
With my needle threaded and fabric stretched, I could get to work. Once I got the hang of it, punch needle became very therapeutic – although a word to the wise, fit you’re accident prone like me, be very careful of the needle – they’re not kidding when they say it’s very sharp!
And there you have it! I think it’s alright for a first attempt and certainly goes to show how easy it is to get started with punch needling.
How about you, have you tried punch needling? Let me know in the comments!