Punch needle is not a difficult craft,
but it can be tricky if you are trying to teach yourself.
That’s why I created this getting started with punch needle series.
I taught myself how to do punch needle and I know you can learn it too!
In this series, I will show you the entire process from start to finish of creating your own punch needle piece.
Gather your Supplies:
You will need a few specialty punch needle items to get started punching.
A good quality punch needle is worth its weight in gold!
I can’t tell you how many people I have seen having problems because they bought a low quality punch needle
or are trying to punch into the wrong fabric.
Download the Beginner’s Guide to Punch Needle Supplies
Choose a Punch Needle Pattern:
You will want to start with a pattern you love and some good quality weavers cloth.
I am going to use one of my free punch needle patterns for this demonstration.
Cut the weavers cloth to be big enough for the pattern
PLUS enough extra so it will fit in your locking hoop or frame
(more on that next time).
For most of my patterns, a 12 inch square works well.
Trace the Punch Needle Pattern:
To trace the pattern, I use a light box my father made for me.
It is just a wooden box with a glass top and a light bulb inside.
Update: I now have a LED light tablet that I use.
Learn more about it here.
If you don’t have a light box, you can also use a window.
Tape your pattern on your light box or window.
Then, center your weavers cloth over the top of the pattern
and tape it down.
Then you can start tracing.
I usually use a very thin tipped Sharpie.
I have also used a pencil and it works just fine.
I hope you enjoyed learning about tracing the punch needle pattern.
Learn all about getting started with punch needle in our Beginner’s Guide to Punch Needle.