Behind the Seams - July/August 2006

PUNCH NEEDLE FUN
DUPLICATE A FAVORITE QUILT BLOCK
Punch needle embroidery is hot! At every quilt show you attend, you'll find several booths offering adorable kits, patterns, and the tools you need for this fun craft.
Sometimes referred to as thread painting, the technique involves using a holld, pencil-shaped needle to punch embroidery floss through weaver's cloth. The looped images you create resemble miniature hooked rugs. Fabric is fastened securely in a hoop during the punch needle process. Looped stitches will be visible on the underside of the fabric only, not the side from which you are working.
You can create your own punch needle motifs in a few easy steps.
Choose a simple favorite patchwork or appliqué block design, reduce it in size, and tansfer it to cloth with an iron-on transfer pencil or by tracing on a light box. We used Liz's Folk Art Blooms quilt design from our September/October 2005 issue to make a popular punch needle kit. You can download the pattern for this project free by using the link below.  
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