“Focus” and “Catch Up”: my 2 words for 2018, remember? Well, I think it’s safe to say that from now on most of my posts could start with these two! Either because I did focus, and made progress on the “catch up”-list (and consequently have something to show you that can be ticked off that list) … or … I didn’t, and have something totally new to tell you about, ha-ha!
Anyway… this post is definitely one that belongs in the second category …
You see, early summer – somewhere on the ever inspiring www – I saw a new-to-me tool, a punch needle (or needle punch – as it’s sometimes referred to as well).
I immediately got the tool, very eager to give it a try.
At that time project “get caught up, Marianne!” was already initiated, and I made a pact with myself to not (NOT) start anything new that was not directly commission-related. This meant the tool stayed in its package, close to the pile of “must finish first” projects.
I got out some essentials, watched a few tutorials (listed below), sketched a little ‘design’, and dug in.And now I’m hooked! I’ve been thinking about the why of my (and other people’s) instant love for this technique, and I think it’s the following:
* it allows you to basically punch/’draw’ anything you like, any picture or image: freedom-galore;
* it’s fast; I finished my first project in two afternoons max;
* there is basically no wrong side to your punch project: the one side has the loops (fun), the other side has the neat, flat stitches (beautiful). It’s up to you/your taste, and the project you’re creating which side will be the ‘right side.
And you had questions, a lot, ha-ha!
So this post is to quickly fill you in on the things I found out on punch needling, in order to get you started as well.
1. there are a whole lot of punch needles out there, but I used a Clover (8802), the one with the medium sized needle; I also have a finer needle that you can use embroidery floss with (Clover 8804; this one is included in the starter set, Clover 8800);
2. the needle I used (the one for medium fine yarn, Clover 8802) allows me to work with my 100% cotton yarn (the kind I also crochet with, using a 3 / 3,5 mm hook), like “Durable Coral”, “Katia Capri”, “Schachenmayr Catania”, etc;
3. my fabric is a piece of linen/canvas – mine is from Restyle, via G. Brouwer&Zn; it was just perfect for this project/needle;
5. after I was done with my embroidery, I used this tutorial to finish my hoop.
I’m pleased as punch with this first project, and I already have my eyes set on a couple of new ones, but – self-restrained as I am 😉 – I’ll first finish writing up the pattern of my “Stephen’s Square”, so that I can share that with you later this week, and carry on with the rest of “the list”.