Hello and Happy Friday! Today I wanted to put together a little blog post about my new found love for punch needle. I came across this technique a few months ago on Instagram when a lot of people started posting photos and videos of the most beautiful hoops and cushions that they had ‘punched’. I also noticed the name Amy Oxford repeatedly mentioned so I decided to do a little research into how I could try punch needle myself.
I initially bought a very cheap plastic punch needle from Amazon so I could give it a try but instantly hated it. I then went ahead and invested in an Oxford Punch Needle #10 Regular since I was 99.9% sure I was going to love it. It ends up being quite expensive if you live in the UK like me due to the shipping/ customs fees but I think it was totally worth it for such a beautiful tool. It’s a very easy and comfortable needle to use and I would love to purchase another size at some point so I can add more texture and variation in stitch size to my work. Punching in general is extremely satisfying since it’s so much faster than hand embroidery!
This is the first hoop I created as a practice piece. It’s far from perfect but was really enjoyable and easy to make. I very simply drew a basic pattern, grabbed a few of my favourite yarns and started punching. I’m now working on some new design ideas for hoops and cushions that I plan to sell in my Etsy shop very soon.
I’ve found tonnes of inspiring punch needle creations on Pinterest, so below are some of my favourites:
Have you tried punch needle or are you new to it like me? Let me know what you think!