Punch Needle

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messengerbagToday I got the urge to try out punch needle. I have never done it before, and don’t even own a punch needle tool. But I purchased a DMC messenger bag to store my WIPs in, and it came with free iron on transfers and fabric for punch needle embroidery. And nearly every issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine has a punch needle project. So I leafed through my back issues to find something I liked (I don’t really care for the designs that came with the messenger bag). Then I headed to JoAnn Fabrics to buy a punch needle tool. And I came home empty handed. Seems they don’t sell anything related to punch needle. So then I headed over to the website of one of my suppliers and… success! They not only offer several punch needle tools, but they are not all that expensive, either. So I will now be selling punch needle supplies in my store. Hopefully they will go over well, because if they don’t I will be doing punch needle for the rest of my life. I will order the supplies on Monday and they should come in later in the week. Until then I can figure out what colors of floss I need, transfer the design to my fabric, and watch YouTube videos for information on how to actually do punch needle. Because that’s kind of important. I remember when I tried to make a quilt for the first time. I didn’t read any instructions, just dove right in. I attached the top piece to a side, then another side, then the bottom. Then I had no clue how to get the middle part of the block in there. Needless to say, that project went in the trash and I bought The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Quilting. And then I made dozens of quilts after that. Punch needle seems easy enough, but I’m not taking any chances.


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