I acquired this cute little snow shovel last summer
thinking it would be fun to add a punched design to the scoop.
I sketched out a simple little “Snow” design for it
but felt it needed something more exciting than just regular floss.
For some time, I have been eyeing the DMC Metallics-Light Effects floss
and wondering if it could be punched.
So I decided to give it a try.
Yes, you can punch with metallic threads!
I used a light blue DMC 162 for the background,
DMC white for the letters,
and the Metallics-Light Effects in white for the snowflake.
I punched the background first
and then coffee dyed the piece before punching any white.
I had read that it is easier to sew with the metallic thread
if you run it through wax first.
That turned out to be a bad idea for punching!
I tried several methods of punching with the metallic threads
before settling upon an effective way.
The easiest method for punching with metallic threads:
I found the best way to punch the metallic threads
was to separate all of the threads completely before punching
and punch in a larger needle than you would regularly use
for that number of strands.
For example, I used 3 strands of the metallic floss
and punched with a 6 strand needle.
You can tell here the snowflake is different than the letters,
but I wasn’t able to capture the glittery effect of the threads
with the camera.
I wouldn’t want to punch a large section with this floss,
but it makes a nice accent.
I hope this inspires you to create something new!