A punchneedle project using Lana thread

I had great fun playing with a punchneedle embroidery and the Lana wool thread.

For my first project I used a patten out of a Homespun magazine, but I found having to trace the pattern quite tedious. 

Then I had a brainwave !  Why not use printed novelty fabrics, where the print shows on the wrong side of the fabric.

Punchneedle embroidery

Using a novelty fabric for punchneedle embroidery

To work punchneedle embroidery you do require a special “punchneedle” gadget and a very firm hoop but the stitching itself  is very simple.

Needle & needle threader for punch needle

Needle & needle threader for punch needle

Punchneedle hoops

Punchneedle hoops have a ridged gripping surface to hold the fabric very firm

The design is worked from the back of the fabric by punching the needle up & down through the fabric to form loops on the front. The loops should be positioned evenly across the design. However, it is a very forgiving technique and you can go back and fill in more stitches where the loops are not sufficiently dense.

It is possible to stop and re-start the embroidery at any point without it affecting the tension. When you are ready to stop simply cut the thread, to remove it from the needle. To re-start, re-thread the needle and continue adding loops to the fabric at any point.

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6 Responses

  1. Hi Patsy,
    I would love to have more information about printing your own designs on regular fabric. I am all for finding easy ways to do the preparation for embroidery and punch needle. Also, can you escribe weavers cloth …. how does it differ from regular fabric?

  2. This is very, very cute. I love your colors, your fabric idea is ingenious. I also took a look at your hexagon bag, and it too is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Patsye

    • The first time I worked a punch needle pattern I traced out the design and thought that there had to be an easier way … then I found some delightful “story” fabrics and found my cheater’s cloth method.

      I can not take credit for the hexagon bag. Each of my staff members write a post each month and this one is Denise’s project. The patten is a coomercial pattern from an Australian designer.

      • I am going to keep my eyes open for story fabrics that can be punched. I can also imagine color printing something on weavers cloth. I wrote a blog about printing on regular fabric using freezer paper. If I can locate it, I will send it to you. Patsye

  3. That is such a great idea to use the preprinted fabric. It looks wonderful. That would be great for crazy quilting!

    • Hi Michelle, Yes, I think that there are unlimited possibilities for using punchneedle techniques. I’ve used both the Lana & the cotton Mako 12 thread for punchneedle. Cotton Mako has a firmer finish with a brighter sheen than the Lana wool so you can choose the thread to give a variety of effects.

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