Punch Needle, My New Best Friend

My Design, Bee and Skep

When it comes to crafting, I have a very addictive personality.  I want to try it all, do it to the point the endorphins equilibrate and are no longer effective, then move on.  I have to keep moving, mostly in an ever-widening circle of crafts, to get the buzz (pun intended). That way I never really get good at anything, but then I never get bored either.  And who cares at my age.  It’s all for fun.  Or is it?

So count me in on punch needle.  I did it years before with a cheap needle and the wrong fabric.  I didn’t bother learning the mechanics or which tools and fabrics made it easier.  I just punched away with mediocre results and didn’t know not to be happy with it.  Then I got bored.

But lately I have found that punch needle is like painting.  It’s reminds me of Seurat’s hallmark pointillist technique, something I learned from watching the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  You can take one thread, and make a loop of color, or you can take lengths of the same colored thread and fill an entire area.  You can mix threads for more subtle colors, or you can use variegated threads and let the thread do the painting for you.  It’s way more complex than I imagined, and when you start to master this art form your mind will undoubtedly wander to mixing this with other needlework techniques like french knots and needlepoint.  Any embroidery can be infused depending upon the foundation fabric, and I am starting to mix up these fabrics as well.

Easy and Fast

And where to put all these little loops? On anything!!!!  My first is this bee, my own design thank you, and something I have made into a pattern and hope to market on one of those pattern mart places.  I’m working on two others, one of which is on an article of clothing and the other on a boat bag.

What do I like best about this?  Glad you asked.  I like that I can’t drop a stitch, pull out a row, worry about it fitting when I’m finished, and there’s no counting.  My hands and wrists don’t get as tired.  AND it’s FAST!!!!  That’s the biggest draw for me.  These are like mini rugs, tough and lasting, and there is virtually no limit to the type of thread you can use. Silks, wools, cottons, linens, rayons and all other synthetics will work, and each brings with it a finish and look that is beautiful and unique.

I love this craft, and hope that perhaps on this, MY BIRTHDAY, I may have found something that I might get really good at!  If anyone is interested in this pattern which will arrive with all instructions and a hand-drawn image on the finest weaver’s cloth, please contact me via the email link on this blog.

These images are copyrighted, yet I imagine only really honest people read my blog anyhow!  Thank you for that.

About Patsye

I am an older woman and artist. I love to craft. I love to sew and knit and crochet and needlepoint. I love to paint and draw and make art with my hands. Being creative is what gets me up in the morning. Art is my tea, my fresh air, my good book, and my cats all rolled into one. I have much to share and hope you'll visit often.
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14 Responses to Punch Needle, My New Best Friend

  1. terry says:

    Hi , Love your work. Do you sell your patterns. Terry

  2. Pingback: Mixing It Up With Punch Needle | whimseytopia

  3. gunmarietextiles says:

    Thank you for entering in my webpage, I also love doing punchneedle. The Nativity was fun to make, a lot of details! I am doing mix media now, combining different techniques, a lot of fun!

  4. Katharine says:

    Fabulous bee, Patsye, and a belated happy birthday to you!
    You can probably guess where I have been, but I’m home again now, looking forward to Thanksgiving.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. cubbyholes says:

    Your bee is adorable! I’ve looked at this craft also, but I have soooo many other things going on that I just have to behave and not start anything else, specially with christmas presents to finish. Punch needle, albeit a heavier version, is also used to do leather repairs on things like saddles and such. 🙂

  6. How neat! I’ve never heard of this technique.

    I hope you had a fabulous birthday!

  7. cruberg says:

    This looks like way too much fun. I have never heard of punch needle – you’ve definitely gotten me interested. Hope you have had a wonderful birthday!

  8. Happy Birthday, fellow Scorpio!

    The bee is so lovely. It looks very soft.

  9. lelia says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!

  10. lelia says:

    I enjoy punching, too. and once you get the hang of it – the possibilities are endless. Here is a link to some of my attempts:

    Punch needle

    Enjoy the weekend!!!

  11. Sue McB says:

    Happy Birthday Patsye, hope you have a wonderful day and are spoiled rotten by those who love you! I reckon birthdays are more special than any other day, so I send you all the best from Down Under. Love the bee……I used to keep bees, but they did not like the cold winters we get.

  12. Maxine Cook says:

    Happy Birthday Patsye!! I hope your special day holds everything you wish for…
    xoxo Max

  13. Northern Narratives says:

    Happy Birthday. Hope you have a great day 🙂

    This post is very interesting. I have never known anyone to do punch needle. The results are very beautiful! I like the fact that there is no counting. Easy and fast sounds wonderful. Judy

  14. your bee is absolutely delightful! YEAH…

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