© June Gilbank 2009
New to Punchneedle Embroidery, or need some tips to improve your skill? My eBook, The Punchneedle Handbook, will teach you everything you need to know, from supplies and basic step-by-step instructions for beginners, to my techniques and troubleshooting tips that will allow absolutely anyone to create beautiful punchneedle embroideries! This poinsettia design would make a perfect beginner’s project.
Here are a few ideas for use, to get you started:
This poinsettia pattern is Donationware – the pattern is available for free, but if you like it please consider sending me a donation to show your appreciation:
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This is a PlanetJune original punchneedle pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to http://www.planetjune.com/punchneedlepoinsettia/
I use DMC 6-strand embroidery floss in all my designs. Listed below are the exact DMC shades I used together with their closest equivalents in Anchor floss. Feel free to customize the design with your own colour substitutions if desired. You will need less than 1 skein of floss per colour.
Right-click and save the pattern image below, and print it. It has been formatted to print at the correct size (2.5″). If you’d like to make a larger poinsettia, send me a donation (see above) to receive the larger design!
Punch technique: Punch around the edge of each area with the appropriate colour, staying inside the lines – do not punch along the lines. Fill in the area by working in a spiral fashion towards the middle of the area.
Punching order: The following are my suggestions for specific punching order, and punching tips where necessary. There is no required punching order, so if a different order feels more natural to you, feel free to follow that instead!
Note: The fine black lines in the image above show the outlines of the pattern – do not punch a line of black stitches along these lines!
The finished design, before trimming away the excess fabric
The back of the finished design
To anchor the threads and prevent the fabric from fraying when you trim it away, apply a thin layer of washable fabric glue to the reverse side of the embroidery, extending to about ¼” beyond the edge of the design.
If you want a felt backing, you can either apply it immediately while the glue is still wet, as shown here, or add it later after trimming the design. (Applying it now means you only have to cut it out once, but cutting through both fabric and felt at once without cutting through any of the embroidered loops is trickier.)
When the glue is completely dry, use small, sharp scissors to clip the excess backing fabric away close to the edge of the embroidery (taking care not to clip into the loops). Leave a couple of threads of the fabric beyond the design when you trim it, so the edge loops are still anchored by the fabric. The border loops will naturally lean out to the sides and hide the remaining fabric.
Happy Christmas! I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do, and consider leaving me a donation. Thanks!
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