Really, it is.
Right around October of every year, I manage to find something new I love and I just have to immerse myself. Right up to the neck.
2018 is the year of the Punch Needle.
I heard your gasp through the computer screen. You’re probably thinking, “Rohn…what’s punch needle?” or “I used to do that in the 70s…or 80s…” or “I LOVE PUNCH NEEDLE!”
There doesn’t seem to be an in between. You love it or have no idea what it is. Well…let me give you a sneak peek at my very first punch needle project/design.
Isn’t that gorgeous? Alright…so…moving on from all the gorgeousness let’s talk about exactly what Punch Needle is and why I’m obsessed.
Punch Needle Rug Hooking is just a different way of traditional rug hooking. Instead of using strips of fabric (as in traditional rugs) it often uses 3-ply wool rug yarn. What you see in the picture above is the wrong side, which you work facing you. The Right Side, the side with all the loops, is on the back.
I discovered Punch Needle Rug Hooking on Instagram. Specifically from Bookhou (give her a follow). That led me to a Youtube video (it always does…doesn’t it?) and after watching this video I was hooked!
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Over the weekend I made my way out to Creative Threads, a local yarn shop here in Wake Forest, NC. It was a great little shop and without really intending to, I bought two yards of Monks Cloth and a Punch Needle…and a little wool. Always a little wool.
I spent the rest of Saturday and Sunday punching the piece above. It’s incredibly relaxing and so much fun. It really is like painting with yarn.
And it’s easy.
Did I mention that? It is incredibly simple to do! You just press your threaded punch needle through the monks cloth, it pushes down a long end of yarn, you pull the needle back up and it folds the end into a loop. That’s it! There are no knots, no tying, nothing. It’s fast, fun, and…you guessed it…easy!
Today I’m working on building myself a carpet tack frame to make larger rugs on. I thought I’d try that out before investing in some of the more expensive frames. I’ll share my process here on the blog so you can follow along.
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Talk to y’all soon!