Punch Needle How To
17 March 2009
Author: Spotted Canary
Follow this simple Punch Needle How To and you'll be creating fast, fabulous projects in no time!
1. Look at the tip of the punch needle. One side is open and cut at an angle. This is the front side of the needle. The other side is pointed and has a small eye in it. This is the back side of the needle.
2. When punching, you must lead with the front side of the needle, not the back side. The direction you work doesn’t really matter (example, left to right or right to left), as long as you lead with the front side. Work in a direction that is most comfortable for you.
3. Push (“punch”) the needle tip all the way down into the fabric until the plastic handle touches the fabric.
4. Lift just until the tip of the needle reappears.
5. Slide the tip a short distance (about 1/16") along the surface of the fabric, then “punch” again. As you work, loops form on the front of your fabric while a short running-type stitch appears on the back. After you work a few stitches, trim the thread tail about 1/8" away from the fabric.
6. Repeat to fill in the area with color. It’s that easy!
We suggest that you outline the area first (staying just inside the printed line). Each area of color will be more clearly defined if you follow this method. To fill the center of the area, you can either follow in the direction of your original outline (A) or work in rows (B). Depending on the shape of the area, you may use a combination of both methods.