Needle punch embroidery is a fun way to exercise your yarn creativity. Technically, it’s a form of embroidery, and it does involve working patterns into a backing fabric held in place by an embroidery hoop, but it’s way less fussy to learn – there’s really just one basic ‘stitch’ technique, though you can do a lot of creative things with it.
A needle punch is a tool that looks a bit like a pen with a needle at the end. To embroider, the needle is threaded with yarn or embroidery floss, then punched through the hooped fabric to pull up a loop of the fiber.
It’s a bit like rug-hooking, and the results are similar (depending on the size of needle & yarn or thread used), but the mechanics are slightly different.
- planning a design
- selecting materials
- transferring your design to backing fabric
- working with an embroidery hoop
- using a punch needle to make stitches
- managing yarns and dealing with ends
- materials kit ($50 at Creative Yarns). Contains the following items (available separately):
- embroidery hoop ($30)
- punch needle ($18)
- backing cloth ($7)
- one skein worsted or aran weight yarn
- scraps of equivalent yarn in contrasting colours
There is no homework required to prepare for this class.