Technique Tuesday: Punch Needling

Hey Everybody, I am still leaning hard on the fabric art trends. This is my 2023 - creating art that inspires and elicits joy. Well, in mid July 2023 I discovered a new fabric art technique. It is new to me, but not new in general. It is a technique that is becoming quite popular as a relaxing way to get into creating fabric art, pillows, rugs, whatever your heart desires, and I am talking about Punch Needling!

Punch needling is a type of embroidery that uses a punch needle tool to create loops of yarn on a fabric. The punch needle tool has a hollow shaft that the yarn is threaded through, and a sharp point that is used to punch the yarn through the fabric. The yarn loops are then pulled tight, creating a fabric with a dense, textured surface.

Punch needling can be used to create a variety of projects, including wall hangings, pillows, rugs, and coasters. It is a relatively easy technique to learn, and it is a great way to use up leftover yarn.

Tools & Materials

You'll need the following tools and materials to get started on your first punch needling project:
  • A punch needle tool
  • Yarn
  • A woven fabric
  • A hoop
You can use varies sizes of yarn, including rug wool to create durable rugs and runners. You can also use embroidery floss aka crewel yarn, however you will need to use a smaller tool, but we'll cover that in another blog post.

Video: Punch Needling 101

This technique is by Ashley Johnson

What do you think?

Ready to get started on creating fabric art with punch needling?
You can do like Ashley and create your own design or purchase a ready made kit on Amazon or your favorite crafting store. Honestly, I was looking at yarn needles and Amazon showed me a punch needling product. I looked at the video and was IMPRESSED. Primarily because I love doing latch hook fabric art. 

Yveytat Punch Needle Coasters Kit

Now, I'm not interested in creating coasters of milk, coffee and bread, but I loved the detailed video, and that the kit is comprehensive. After punch needling you have everything to finish the coaster and begin using it. So, I checked out the other kits the seller has. The seller has one other kit, Animal Coasters.

This kit looks whimiscal and fun and I could definately use the coasters at my desk or by my sewing table. Who doesn't like a lil whimsy when they are crafting! I'll post another post to let you know how it went and what my coasters look like.

There are other kits on Amazon that are of a lower price, so you can try out the technique and see if it is a new crafting hobby that you will enjoy or a technique you want to add to your fabric art business.

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