punch needling

Curious about punch needling project timelines? Let's get straight to the point:

It Varies Big Time: The time it takes depends on your project's size, your skill level, the complexity of your design, and how often you work on it.

Small projects:

  • Example: Embroidery hoop or framed design
  • Time: A few hours to a day or two.

Medium-sized projects:

  • Example: small 2x3 rug, pillow case
  • Time: A few days to a week.

Large and intricate projects:

  • Example: Rug
  • Time: Several weeks to months.

Remember, punch needling is all about your pace. Enjoy the journey! 😊🧶🎨

Your stitches (loops) are probably pulling out for 1 of 2 reasons:

1) Your yarn is too thick for the loop you are trying to make. Either change your loop height to a longer setter, or use thinner yarn.


2) There is tension in your yarn. Make sure your yarn is loosely flowing into your punch needle at all times.

Absolutely, you can punch needle on clothing!

Just make sure the fabric is tight and stable to avoid any stretching or distortion while you're punch needling. Have fun getting creative with your wardrobe!

Don't forget to secure your the backside of your stitches with some sort of adhesive backing or fabric glue!

Imagine you're standing outside on the street with a hose. You turn the hose on, and walk backwards for 10 feet. Even though you moved the hose, the water was exiting the hose as you moved it, and it left a trail of water behind on the ground.

Compare a punch needle tool with the hose. When you poke your punch needle tool in and out of the fabric, the yarn gets left behind, forming U-shaped loops. Then, the fabric acts like a belt and cinches the yarn loop in place.

Popular needle types:

  • Adjustable Punch Needle: This type allows you to control the loop height by adjusting the needle's depth. It's versatile and suitable for various fabrics and yarn thicknesses.
  • Oxford Punch Needle: Known for its durability and ease of use, the Oxford Punch Needle is great for larger projects and works well with bulky yarn.
  • Russian Punch Needle: Creates unique, tight loops with thread or very thin yarn. Commonly used with embroidery floss.

When choosing a punch needle tool, consider the type of project you're working on, the fabric you're using, and the yarn weight. Experimenting with different tools can help you find the one that suits your needs and style best.

Yes - your punch needle loops are vulnerable and can pull out without adding a backing:

Fabric Glue or Adhesive:

Apply fabric glue or adhesive to the back of your project, particularly around the ends of threads or areas where you're concerned about unraveling. Make sure it dries clear and doesn't affect the texture on the front.

Iron-on Interfacing:

Cut a piece of iron-on interfacing slightly smaller than your project's size and iron it onto the back. This can help secure the stitches and prevent them from coming loose.

You can punch needle on many different fabrics, but not all fabrics work equally well.

The best fabrics for punch needle are the ones that are strong, tightly woven, and can hold the loops firmly in place. Here are some fabrics that people often use:

  1. Monk's Cloth: This is a go-to choice for punch needle because it's even and provides good support for the loops.
  2. Burlap or Hessian: These fabrics have a rougher texture and can give your project a rustic look. They might need a larger punch needle.
  3. Linens and Cottons: Some linens and cottons with tight weaves can be used, but they should be stable enough.
  4. Canvas: Heavy canvas can be okay for punch needle, but it might be harder to create fine details.
  5. Felt: Felt fabric works well, especially for small and decorative punch needle projects.

Remember that the fabric you pick will affect how your punch needle project looks and feels. It's a good idea to test your fabric first to make sure it works with your punch needle tool and yarn. Also, keep the fabric stretched tight in a frame or hoop to maintain tension while you're working on it.

Yes! Just make sure you understand the timelines:

A small rug (2x3') will take about a week to complete if you dedicated a few hours a day to working on it. A larger rug, say 5x7' or more, may take months. But! It will be so lovely when it's finished ♥