Russian Punch Needle Embroidery
What's old is new again!!! Dating back to the 17th Century, Punch Needle has been around forever, it seems! It is simply a method of punching fabric and leaving a loop of thread on the 'backside' which, when you're finished, becomes the front of your creation! It is JUST THE MOST FUN to do! Each of the designs featured below are punched with the Igolochkoy brand of punch needles. Patterns and needles are available separately, so one set of needles should last you through years and years of patterns!!!
Most designs are available as pattern packs... the color picture, pattern instructions and color keys -- along with the necessary ground fabric with the line-drawn design already on it. The Igolochkoy needles come with general Punch Needle Embroidery instructions, the necessary loop gauges and needle threaders, as well as needle tip guards and even storage tubes for them! You'll also need a nice, sharp pair of scissors, and a plastic embroidery hoop -- the kind with a special lip on one of the rings. (Don't worry, we have all of it!!!)
There is a little technique involved in getting 'good loops', that sort of thing... and you actually do this stitching from the backside! The punch needle package has a some good diagrams inside to help... including a Trouble Shooting column! Lots and Lots of fun, The Silver Needle will be having classes in this, (check the class schedule for dates!) and an on-site demo while you're in shopping is always fun for us to offer! *Custom Classes* are available in Punch Needle Embroidery for groups of four or more! Call to discuss dates and arrangements!
A Note about Punch Needle Patterns...
Some come with the design already printed onto your weaver's cloth base fabric... others don't. I've made sure to tell you that information somewhere on that particular designer's page, or in the specific pattern words. If you are a beginner, or simply a puncher that wants to DIVE RIGHT IN the minute you open your package... look for the designs that come pre-printed! Tracing isn't hard... it's just sometimes a frustrating and unexpected surprise!
The Artwork of Bea Brock in Punch Needle!
What a wild and crazy pair of floral color and pizazz!!! Rug Hooking artist Bea Brock is presented in Punch Needle format -- and I am IN LOVE! Straight out of the Rug Hooking industry, we get a tiny tasting of her free-flowing and ultra-colorful designs -- in miniature!
They're presented as the line drawing on weaver's cloth. Threads called for include MOSTLY Gentle Art Sampler Threads and DMC floss. The patterns call for one or two Caron Collection or Valdani, but most are mainstream fibers to find. Absolutely nothing else like this offered in our side of the industry... these finish approx 6 x 6.
Neat Punchneedle Designs
from Threads That Bind
A beautifully sophisticated selection of county primitives, by artist Shawn Williams, these are worth a second look... and definitely deserve your needle's attention! Offered as the design stamped onto the weavers cloth... each is punched in both Weeks and Gentle Art overdyeds.
Threads That Bind is undoubtedly the best Punch Needle designer out there... her stuff has such great color sense, none of it is too 'busy' or 'sloppy.' She uses good old fashioned DMC flosses in her designs -- so yours WILL turn out looking as good as the original, (you can actually find the thread at a shop!) and her designs all come clearly pre-stamped on HUGE pieces of antiqued Weaver's cloth. (Huge means like a 14 x 16 piece... so you can get it into a nice large hoop or stand.) Of all our shop models... hers are the ones that always draw the comments and inquiries!
Countdown To Christmas!!!
from Pine Mountain Designs
A really cool new set of 24 ornaments is being announced by Pine Mountain for 2009!!! For Punch Needle enthusiasts, you will be getting TWO fun little ornament-sized designs each month, for 12 months... so next November, you'll have all 24 to count down the days till Christmas!
Each month, beginning next week, each release contains TWO ornament designs pre-stamped onto weavers cloth, the DMC flosses... and FOUR rounds of Week's Dye Works hand-dyed wool to finish your ornaments!!! Actually, I cannot believe what a good deal this is... each ornament is a *complete kit* and essentially, they cost $8.00 each! Unbelievable! (And... if you're sick of counting down till Christmas by next November -- use these as stitched gifts -- they will be darling, and you'll look great!!!)
Pine Mountain's great color sense, cute designs, and really *good value* for your money!!! Get 'em on the auto -- or just pick and choose!
from Teresa Kogut
Finishing approx 4 x 4, this is stamped onto very dark and distressed Weaver's cloth, so if you leave a bit of border showing... it'll look old and neat. Santa takes 15 skeins of Weeks overdyeds -- lots of deep reds and greens!
Teresa Kogut is a new addition to our Punch Needle Department! Her designs have such personality... you can just 'hear' what all the characters are saying in her pieces! Be sure to check out the rest!
from With Thy Needle & Thread
This is one of a charming collection of primitive designs that have a bit of elegance in them, to me! All in the neighborhood of the 4 to 5-inch finished size, each pattern is offered already stamped onto the weavers cloth. Pretty, soft and dusty colors, they are miniature works of punched art!
Linda's 3rd annual Punch Needle Santa, this little guy is darling! Offered as the line drawing already stamped onto your weavers cloth, he finishes approx 2-3/4 x 5, and is shown finished into one of Mona's little stand-up cubes!
Luscious colors of Weeks hand-dyeds, Emerald, Holly, Meadow, Louisiana Hot Sauce, and Whitewash... VERY eye-catching!
Our Lizzie*Kate Kits page has lots more punchneedle for you, so be sure to visit therre!
Heart to Hand
One of my absolute FAVORITE Punch Needle designers, this collection of 10 designs just enchants me! Soft country-inspired denims, pastels, and dusky primitives, each is punched using Weeks and Gentle Art overdyeds, and several feature hand-dyed wools as backgrounds to the base fabric. Check out the miniature ornament pattern, and the little penny rugs! You can punch the rug 'flaps' or make them out of wool... whichever... all of these have such a wonderful, gentle, peaceful and elegant feel! All are offered as the pattern stamped onto Weavers Cloth, and several include some of the wool applique patterns, as well!
The Sheep's in the Meadow
from Kreinik and Erica Michaels
This precious little fluffy sheep is needlepunched in SILK! Designed by Erica Michaels for Kreinik, this is offered as a re-useable iron-on transfer for your weaver's cloth, along with 9 complete skeins of Milkpaint Silk. Such soft buttermilk-y shades of cream, rose, light blues and greens... your little lamb is grazing on a green hillside among the pink wildflowers.
Finishing approx 3 x 3, you could frame this, or make it into a pin to wear. The silk threads will be such a treat in your punch needle... and the loops will feel dreamy!
House on a Hill from Stone & Thread
Rich and deep in color, Stone & Thread offers punchneedle patterns that are simply charming! Great finishing ideas - especially with the ornaments -- each packet contains the pre-stamped punch needle outlines, color instruction, and even some coffee or tea dying instructions to give your finished piece a little extra in the 'distressed' area! (Did you know that you can 'paint' your piece, line a cookie sheet with foil, and BAKE your punchwork???! )
Stone & Thread is the manufacturer of their own line of stoneware buttons. Two of the ornament packages contain these fun buttons... so take a peek! A division of De Cuyper Trading Company... I am excited to tell you that Stone & Thread is one of our local Tulsa designers... and I'm thrilled that she's in my own 'back yard!'
from Cottonwood Creations
Finishes approx 2-1/2 x 2-1/2, punched in DMC flosses with the #3 needle. Our finishing forms -- the little square one -- would be perfect to mount this for an ornamnet.
Juggling the Holidays and Peppermint Snowman from Artful Offerings
Punch a colorful pair of winter snowmen... I don't know which of these I like better... so I'd opt for both! Offered as line drawings, you'll need to transfer them onto your weavers cloth to punch. Flosses are good 'ole DMC, making these slightly more affordable to punch than lots of other designs, and each is embellished with a few Just Another Button Company clay pieces.
Very bright and cheerful, Juggling finishes approx 4 x 5, while Peppermint punches approx 4 x 4. So Cute!
Oh No! More Snow! from Artful Offerings
I am dedicating this piece to all of you in New York State this Winter!!! You guys must be SO SICK of white -- only thing worse is how dirty snow gets when it melts! Anyway this darling little punch needle piece by Artful Offerings features that dreaded word SNOW in little square clay buttons. (New from Just Another Button Company!) Offered as the pattern that you'll transfer onto Weaver's cloth, this is punched with a three-strand needle in DMC and overdyed flosses.
We've included the letter buttons for you, as they are 'imbedded' in the punching -- not on top of the loops -- so they are an integral part of the design. Pretty colors, the background is 503, I don't think this little guy looks any happier about his impending snow than all of you in New York! Punches approx 3-3/4 x 5-3/4... so cute!
Bold Colors of Weaver's Cloth
Especially for Punch Needle Embroidery, we now have LOVELY, rich colors of Weaver's cloth to really accent your punched pieces! Cut into 18 x 27 pieces -- a 'fat quarter' cut -- you can get several projects out of one piece.
Sienna is a deep brick red, Mulberry is a dark Burgundy -- great for Christmas things, New Wheat is a yellowed golden mustard, and Sage is a restful dusty green. Great Colors!
The Cameo Punch Needle Three-Needle Pack
Now with 4 tips! Well, this is the greatest deal if you are a Cameo-brand Punch Needler!!! The favorite Cameo Needle now has a small and large tip available! Now, you can get the needle, all four tip sizes, extra threaders and an extra needle spring in one package!
A super-economical way to go... this is a quite a favorite needle for lots of punchers. We chuckle, though, the packaging is stuck in the 1950's... but the product is just great!
Igolochkoy Russian Punchneedle Set
Available as a set of three needles, 1-Strand, 3-Strand and a 6-Strand size... each set includes Russian Punch Needle technique instructions and trouble-shooting tips. Included in the set are the three various sized needles, each in a clear plastic tube. There are threaders for each needle, along with two extra, and plenty of extra plastic gauges for the individual needles. Each needle includes a guide for thread weights that will work in it -- metallics, silks, cords, so many things I'd never thought you could use! One set of needles should last you for all your punch needle needs... (unless you drop one on its point on a concrete floor!!!) Very heavy-duty, they feel great in your hand. Click the image at right to see the whole set.
These wonderful needles for Punch Needle Embroidery are now available individually, as well as in the master set of all three sizes! Most designs require the 3-strand needle, the 1-strand being the second most popular size. The individual packages contain the same general stitching instructions as the master set, as well as two threaders, extra plastic loop gauges, and the plastic storage tube.
Needles in the Haystack
Well, don't waste time looking for your needles in a haystack... you've stored them safely in THIS Haystack!!! A complete set of CTR Punch Needles, extra threaders and gauges, and the storage box to keep them all organized... who needs a pitch fork to dig them out of your stash???
A bit better of a deal than purchasing everything open-stock... this set has everything you need for punch needle embroidery -- except the hoop or frame of choice... and we have those, too, of course. Also included are a very brief primer on punchneedle, including detailed instructions on threading the needles, and three simple patterns to get you started.
New Russian Punch Needle Needles!!!
Finally, punch needles that are available individually -- these are WONDERFUL to use!!! Manufactured by CTR these have several great features. After punching with them, I can really recommend them easily, and with lots of excitement! Aluminum shafts, each needle size is color coded, so you can tell your needles apart with just a glance. The beveled edge that seems to be so hard to keep track of is accented by a shaved-out area on the needle shaft -- a permanent guide to determine where the bevel is!
The needles all come with pre-cut gauges that are all uniform in size to each other, and the handles of the needles are thicker than we're used to, a little longer, and SO much easier to hold! There are general Punch Needle Embroidery instructions included with each needle, as well as trouble shooting tips. Three line drawing freebie designs by Charlotte Dudney, and Charlotte's Designs from the Pep'r Pot... and wonderful diagrams for proper threading are tucked in with each needle as well! Packaged in a clear plastic tube, a threader is included with each. Really, really nice... you'll enjoy these!!!
Cool Punch Needle Accessories from CTR!
For all you Punch Needle Enthusiasts, here are a few necessities for your needles! The Haystack is a small, clear plastic storage box 3-1/2 x 6 x 1 that stores all of your punch needles in one place! A magnetic panel in the lid to hold threaders while you work is an added bonus!
Also available are packages of 5 extra threaders (because I have yet to meet a 'Puncher' who hasn't lost at least one or two!!!), and another pack that includes extra threaders and 2-inches of gauge tubing for CTR 1, 3 and 6-strand needles. Both the threaders and threaders with gauges come packaged in the nice clear plastic needle tubes, for extra security. The threaders are a new design, with a rounded tip that is gentler on your threads, and easier to find to thread!
The Morgan Lap Stand
What a cool tool for us Punchers!!! Brand new to the Needle Punch crowd, this is a double set of extra-heavy duty hoops that fit together with little legs... to offer a raised area for you to punch in. Designed to sit in your lap... put your project in the 7-inch hoop, or turn it over and use the 10-inch hoop. Then, if you want, stretch a piece of fabric in the hoop not being used -- the one on your lap -- and it becomes your little tray-table for your materials and tools!
Excellent stability, super heavy-duty, there is a hidden notch in the hoops that 'lock' the fabric in place perfectly. The larger sized hoops give you the flexibility to punch larger projects, as well! And... each hoop can be used alone, if you don't want the double feature!
Offered in two sized combos. No more stabbing your knee (!) with the punchneedles, or cramping your hand holding a flimsy hoop!
UPDATE: The Morgan Hoop Company has two new size combinations! Designed to give you many more options with hoop sizes, each is still the idea of two hoops attaching together with little legs in between to make a lap frame.
Now... you can get THREE different sizes of hoops to mix and match your lap frames! These hoops are top-notch in strength, durability, and holding-tight power. Use them individually or make the frame size you wish! (Or purchase the various hoops separately below... you just don't get the little legs.)
Individual Morgan Hoops!
The same great quality as the hoops in the Morgan Stands... these are the individual hoops! Super-extra-sturdy, although they aren't pretty like our softer, brightly colored hoops... these are far superior for tension, and MUCH more substantial in feel. These won't 'bend' if your fabric is super tight...(they kind of feel like you could run over them with your car, and not crush them!!!!! but... I'm not trying it!) More money... more Hoop for the money!
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