La semana pasada os conté que este verano he realizado un curso de Punch Needle en Alicante. Me gustó mucho y ya lo estoy utilizando en algunos trabajos, así que quería contaros un poco sobre esta técnica de bordado.
Last week I told you that this summer I did a Punch Needle course in Alicante. I liked it very much and I am already using it in some works, so I wanted to tell you a bit about this embroidery technique.
When I started reading about this embroidery I was confused by the different names given to it. But they all refer to the same technique. It is a very different type of embroidery than the traditional and much simpler. Though you have never embroidered you will have no problem learning it.
It is made using a hollow needle inside a pen tool, so it is very easy to handle. For threading it is used a very thin and long wire rope folded by half. If it breaks you can make a new one with a copper wire from an electrical cable.
Needles of different thicknesses can be used because it is possible to work with thread, yarn, ribbon… The result is a relief embroidery which forms curls give it a similar aspect to a towel.
As its name suggests, it is a question of pushing and pulling the needle through the same hole in the fabric. The “curl” stays in the opposite side we are embroidering. AlarTTex’s tutorial explains very well the technique (in Spanish).
Right and reverse of the embroidery can be combined, what I like so much. The reverse stays as a very small and close running stitch.
The perfect fabric for punch needle is compact cotton, though others can be used, as the linen. If the weave of the cloth is very open the stitches will be very separated and if it is very compact it may tear. I have tried with cotton for patchwork and it has been very difficult to me.
Though diverse threads can be used, including the mouliné, it is more convenient to use hanks because embroidering is faster. Much time is lost on threading. You also have to note that this embroidery wastes much thread.
There are several needles in the market. Mine is by Dimensions, they gave it to me in the course, and it works fine. The one by Clover is the most expensive, but it allows changing the needle (thicker or thinner and longer or shorter). It’s not easy to find them in haberdashery stores, but they can be purchased on the Internet.
Si queréis saber más o comprar material, herramientas o libros sobre punch needle, hay una página web enteramente dedicada a este bordado, Punch Needle Marketplace.
If you want to learn more or buy material, tools or books about punch needle, there are a website completely dedicated to this embroidery,Punch Needle Marketplace.