I haven’t done any punch needling for ages, so when I saw this new punch needle embroidery kit from The Modern Crafter (https://themoderncrafter.co.uk/) I just had to buy it! I always really enjoy their kits as the designs are well thought through and the materials are always great quality. This kit was £29 with free shipping (UK based, may be more for international).
Included in the kit was:
- Punch needle embroidery tool
- Pre-printed fabric
- Yarn x 3 colours
- Embroidery hoop
This particular kit caught my eye because it was punch needle embroidery using a Lavor needle as opposed to the regular Oxford needle. The Lavor tool has three interchangeable needles and is a lot smaller than the Oxford, meaning you can do more detailed and intricate designs with it. The ladies at The Modern Crafter recommend using an Aran weight yarn with the largest size needle and embroidery thread (all six strands) with the other two smaller ones. I am interested in doing some experimenting of my own though to see what other kinds of yarn and thread work well with this tool.
The pre-printed design is a rainbow with a sun using three different coloured yarns, which is also available in the main punch needle range as well. The guide is really useful and contains plenty of information about punch needle generally and how to complete this kit specifically. I thought that the section on threading the needle was particularly good with clear step-by-step photographs. I also really liked the close up photo of the difference between loop and flat stitches and the trouble shooting page at the back that had lots of handy hints.
The project itself was quite quick to complete. It is smaller than the usual punch needle kits with a 6 inch hoop rather than an 8 inch hoop. As with most punch needle projects (and my favourite thing about it) you could see your progress really quickly, which is very satisfying.
I’m really keen to have another go with the Lavor needle. It produces a lovely texture that is so soft and tactile and you can get in smaller spaces than you can with the ordinary Oxford needle. As soon as I finish typing this I’m going to be ordering some fabric and yarn so I can have another go!