(this tutorial in Dutch can be found here)
My latest punchneedle project, that I designed for CraftKitchen, is this “Love”-patch. I punched it on a jeans jacket that I got at the thrift store – such a fun way to spruce up something old, thus turning it into something new again!
For this specific project I used the fine punchneedle (part of the Cloverset, art number 8800). If you’ve never punched before, it’s wise to start with a small project using the medium punchneedle (Clover 8802) and some cotton yarn (the kind you would use a 3 mm/ 3,5 mm crochet hook for). Also, you might want to check out the links I’ve put in my “punchneedle”-blog post, just to get you started (or, come and follow one of the “Punch like a Pro”-workshop I teach on a regular basis 😉 – more info here).
Anyway, to create the “Love-patch”, you’ll be needing the following:
Jeans jacket (e.g. an old one from the thrift store)
All kinds of Durable embroidery/crochet cotton*, I used the following colors: light, medium and dark blue, 4 different kinds of green, light and dark purple, light and dark yellow, light peach, bright red, light, medium and bright pink
* a good alternative is DMC Embroidery floss – just make sure you split the thread, using only 3 strands when punching
“Love”-patch drawing (pdf here)
Tracing paper, a tracing pen, scissors, pins, needle, tape measure
Creating your patch:
Print the “Love”-patch drawing (pdf here). Determine the position of the patch, using the tape measure, and pin the width and height of the area you’ll punch your work in. Trace the drawing onto the marked area. If the fabric of your jeans jacket is rather dark, you might want to use the tracing pen to extra accentuate the lines, making sure you can see all lines clearly.
Another way to transfer the drawing from the paper to the fabric, is to cut out all motifs, and trace their outlines; this way you’re kind of expanding/building the pattern as you go.
Mount the part of the jeans that you want to work on first in the embroidery hoop, making sure it’s nice and tight; tight means pleasant punching. Thread your punchneedle, and start ‘coloring’ the first motif. I usually start with the contours, after which I punch my way towards the very middle of a motif; this is just a personal preference. Going ‘up & down’ is fine as well.
Regarding the hearts of the flowers: you’ll want to punch the outer line of the heart first from the front. This way you’ll know exactly where to put your needle, when you make the ‘loopy heart’ by punching from the back. After you’ve punched the loops for the center of the flower, you’ll turn your work again, punching the leafs of the flower, using the small, flat stitches.
The jeans jacket I got from the thrift store was made of a stretchy fabric; even though punching this fabric went ok, I’d try to find a non-stretchy version next time.
I do not know about you, but I do like the side showing all the loops (in this case: the back) too! The only disadvantage is that the word “LOVE” is shown backwards, haha.
As soon as you’ve finished your patch, you could use some fabric glue on one side, to extra secure your stitches/loops. I tested a punched piece of jeans – this went well, but the glue I used (Gütermann HT2) left a bit of a shine that I was a little bit unhappy with. By the way: I also machine washed my test-piece (cold, gentle cycle), and both the punch-stitches, as glued part came out perfect.
However, I opted to not use any glue on my “Love”-patch: I always punch my stitches close to each other, and I’m confident that this fact, as well as the tight structure of the fabric will keep my patch in perfect shape, while proudly wearing my ‘new’ jeans jacket!