I often get requests for recommendations for punchneedle tools, fabric, and other related supplies. In this post, I'll show you the exact supplies I use to create all my punchneedle embroideries, and give you my top tips for the most useful supplies and the best prices!
I use the Ultra Punch tool (previously sold as Cameo Ultra Punch) and I highly recommend it. The long handle is comfortable to use, and the tip is strong, sharp, and punches much more smoothly than less expensive models. (However, if you'd like to see alternative tool options, I've written about a few in my Punchneedle Tools post.)
Although your punchneedle will come with one or two threaders, the threaders are so fine they're easy to lose or temporarily misplace (although I have a tip to help with that in The Punchneedle Handbook). They are also quite delicate, being made of such fine wire.
It's essential that you use a tightly-woven, non-stretchy fabric as your base for punchneedle. Weaver's cloth* is an ideal choice - it's a poly-cotton blend, so less likely to fray under the stress of the punch than a pure cotton, and the weight of the fabric holds the punched loops in place securely.
*If it's out of stock at amazon, you can also buy weaver's cloth from Joann, here.
My preferred embroidery floss is DMC brand, but you can use any brand of 6-strand embroidery floss (the other main brand is called Anchor and is also a high-quality choice). (As you'll be working with 3 strands of floss at a time, make sure you choose stranded floss, so you can split it.)
My favourite hoops are the Susan Bates Hoop-La hoops, but the essential point is to make sure you choose a lip-lock hoop, not a simple wooden one - the fabric must be held very tightly in the hoop so you can punch properly.
To transfer a pattern to your fabric, you'll need a very fine pen that won't bleed on the fabric or transfer onto your embroidery floss. I like Sharpie Ultra Fine Point permanent markers.
For added security, you can secure the backs of your stitches after punching with a thin coat of fabric glue (see The Punchneedle Handbook for full instructions). My favourite is Aleene's OK to Wash-It permanent fabric adhesive.
And don't forget to pick up my ebook, The Punchneedle Handbook - with its clear step-by-step photos, it'll be your go-to reference for punchneedle instructions, techniques, and troubleshooting tips. Download it now and you can start learning to punch before your supplies even arrive!
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