My Instagram feed had been flooded with this needle punch craft lately, so I guess, it was a matter of time that I jumped into the bandwagon. So, when Yana messaged me if I wanted to try it out, together with her, I said yes immediately.
Yesterday, I went to Spotlight to see if they sell the punch needles. It turned out that they do, except they only sell the small sizes, for embroidery floss. I actually was more interested in a bigger ones, so I could use my overloaded stash of knitting yarn for the project. But I figured, maybe I should start with a small project for learning… A more manageable project, that would actually finish (I have countless of WIP crafts, it’s ridiculous!).
So, I bought the Boye punch needle set, a small 10cm embroidery hoop, a linen cloth and three colors of DMC Cotton Perle #5 colors, and went to Aina’s ballet school to wait for her class to finish.
While Aina was in her class, I sketched a very simple pattern and started to punch. Hmm, honestly, it wasn’t as easy as those videos in Instagram, haha! It took me a few tries to get the loop done.
You see, the needle punch is basically and yarn craft of looping the yarn to form a pattern through a fabric. The looped yarn will give an appearance like a rug, a bit furry and fluffy. We work on the wrong side, where we draw the pattern and punch the yarn/thread through following the pattern, and the loops will form on the other side (the right side)… like this below.
So, I managed to make two little circles while waiting for Aina to finish her ballet class, and later that night I continued to make more circles with the other color.
I had to stop because my right hand started to cramp after a few more circles. I guess I need to practice more, since I haven’t gotten the hang of it, and probably holding the needle too hard or at a wrong position, causing the cramps. I also still lost the loops many times during the process. But generally, I was pretty happy with the last night’s progress 🙂