Frequently asked questions
What's the name of the needle you use?
It's a punch needle!
Where can I buy a needle like yours?
Which size of punch needle should I use with which amount of thread?
There's no proper rules, everyone has different perferences.
What thread do you use?
I use normal six strand embroidery thread, I then split this for smaller and more detailed stitching. Any brand of embroidery thread will work, dmc, anchor, etc.
What fabric do you use?
I'm not very picky about fabrics so I use lots of different types. Most people swear that punch needles can only be used with monks cloth or linen. Calico is also a great option and I probably use this most frequently, but there's no limitations, use whatever fabrics you want to!
Why don't your stitches come out as you're doing them?
As I use my right hand to hold my punch needle and create stitches, the needle makes loops of thread wherever it is pushed into the fabric. These loops can easily be pulled free when creating longer stitches, so I hold onto the loops using my left hand, meaning they can't be pulled out and everything stays in place.
How do you secure/finish the back of your work?
Most of the time the weave of your fabric will keep stitches in place well enough that you don't really need to do anything extra to secure them. In some cases when I want to be extra certain that the stitches won't be pulled free, I'll spread PVA glue, fabric glue or liquid latex onto the back of the work. I personally like liquid latex the most as it doesn't wash off as easily as other glues.
Is punch needle embroidery faster than 'normal' embroidery?
For me it's much faster, but that comes with practice. For beginners it can sometimes be a slow process, as all learning is!
Is punch needling more difficult than it looks?
Can I use a punch needle on clothing?
I don't usually reccomend using a punch needle on clothing.