avocado.jpg punch needle embroidery
Originally uploaded by thirdpersonpossessive
Punch needle embroidery is soooooooo fun! I am still getting acquainted with the process.
It is the closest thing to drawing with thread, in my opinion. It's just so much faster than traditional embroidery, and even the way you hold the punch needle -- it's more like holding a pencil, than a needle.
I also love the effect of the looped pile of embroidery floss. It's so shiny and catches the light in such an interesting way, completely unlike the way the wool or acrylic pile of a larger rug would. Which is basically what punch needle embroidery is -- it's like making a little punch-hooked rug with embroidery floss.
This embroidered letter I wrote last summer is also done using punch needle, but I left it with the "wrong" side as the right side!
I look forward to experimenting more with this technique and am also very interested in chatting with anyone else who has tried it, as it doesn't seem like very many people know about it.