Punch Needle on Metal Hoops

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Click below to learn all about my online punch needle video class.

You can use punch needle to get super creative, including making usable items such as rugs, pillows, bags and cushions! If you want a fun project that’s completely unique and solely about punch needle for the sake of fun, try this method.

You can use any metal shapes you can find. Metal circle hoops are the most common, but I also offer triangles and soon semicircles in my shop. Click below to shop!

 
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The best part about the project is that once you are done, you can add any embroidery or beading elements… the project stays on the metal shape, so you are building it into its own frame! As for the rest of the supplies, and the actually punching techniques, you can find all of that in my online punch needle video class. Enjoy!

  1. Glue a Border Along Cloth Place the metal shape on the fabric for reference, and use tacky glue to add a border 1/2” around the shape, on the cloth. Brush into the fibers of the cloth. Let dry.

  2. Cut, Stretch and Clothespin Once dry, cut the cloth along the dried glue to prevent it from fraying. Begin stretching the cloth around the edges of the metal shape, as tight as possible, and use small clothespins to hold it in place. Add small dabs of glue onto the outside edges of the metal frame before clothespinning to give the cloth extra durability. Let dry.

  3. Whip Stitch Around Edge Use a large eye needle, and any yarn or string to whip stitch around the border of the frame, going through the front and back pieces of cloth. Remove the clothespins one by one as you stitch near them.

  4. Draw on Pattern Use a marker to sketch your pattern onto the cloth.

  5. Punch from the Backside Grab your yarn and your favorite punch needle and work on your design from the backside of the frame, so that the loops show on the front. (Or, you can do it from the front to show off the embroidered side. Just pay attention to what side you punch from.) Make sure to lift the backs of the fabric flaps and punch underneath, getting as close to the edges as possible. You can learn more about all the best punching techniques with my online punch needle video class! Note: Depending on how well you stretched the cloth, there might be some areas that are looser than others, mainly the sides, just do your best and embrace the project for what it is!

  6. Glue Down Fabric Flap Once your punching is complete, use glue under the backside flap to help it lay flat and protect the edges of your punched project. Now add any extra embroidery, beads or sequins to the front and an optional loop at the top to hang it!

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You can also punch from the front side of the fabric to showcase the flat embroidery side of punching, like in this project above!


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Book Launch: Welcome to Weaving

I’m so excited to share with you something that I’ve been working on for over a year - I wrote a book!  My first physical book is called ‘Welcome to Weaving: The Modern Guide’ and is now available for pre-order on my website.  

This book was born to multi-task - a hardcover instructional craft book all about weaving, it is designed to lay flat so you can open it near your loom and refer to the projects and techniques again and again.

As always, thank you all for your support. This has been a labor of love for almost two years, spent writing, photographing (I did it all myself 😅) and editing. My editor and design team did an amazing job capturing my vision, and it feels SO GOOD to finally share it with you all! I could go on and on about how this book was designed with my students in mind, how I worked on it every day for months during nap time, and how writing a book has been a dream of mine long before I began weaving, but head to the pre order link and read more about it. I will be sharing more soon!

‘Welcome to Weaving: The Modern Guide’ includes over 30 techniques plus many how to instructions for many complete projects and tapestries. The book was inspired by my online weaving classes.  It covers many of the techniques from my online video weaving classes, plus some that I haven’t shared before. This book is for all weavers, no matter your skill level.

BONUS:  pre-order  from hellohydrangea.com and your copy will be signed by the author (me!).

For US Customers, Purchase through my website.

For International Customers, purchase through my Etsy shop.

The books will ship early 2019!

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This is the first book in a 2-part series. Book 2 will be launching May 2019 and will cover techniques and projects for intermediate to advanced skill level! The two books are meant to work together, so make sure to snag this one first!

If you want to learn how to weave in the meantime, you can purchase one of my online weaving video classes at hellohydrangea.com/weaving-classes.  Make sure to tag your finished work with #welcometoweaving - I can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

Weaving How To: Keep Your Sides Straight

How to Weave Straight Edges Like a Pro

Hi friends!

I often get students who are frustrated by this, and even though I cover it in my beginning weaving video class, I decided to publish a public tutorial as well. The secret is 3 words: BUBBLE, STRUM and BEAT. Do you have issues keeping your weaving sides straight? Do you find that the sides of your weavings keep pulling in?

I get these questions from fellow weavers all the time and I have found that everyone, no matter what your skill level, struggles with this problem from time to time. I have found that when most people start out weaving, they pull the weft thread through too tight than previous rows. Doing this tends to pull on the warp threads on the ends of your weavings and pulls your rows which makes your sides not straight.  I have been weaving for awhile, but I still have to stay conscious about how much tension I have when I weave.

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Below is an example of what your weaving would look like when you weave too tight and example of how your weaving edges should look.

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If you follow the three steps below, you will be able to create clean, straight edges in every one of  your weavings. Repeat to yourself ‘bubble, strum and beat’ until it becomes second nature!

STEP 1. When threading the warp threads, create a slight dome shape with the yarn, making sure that your yarn stays loose.It is important to make sure the yarn is not pulled too tight.

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STEP 2. BUBBLE. Use your finger to push down the center of the dome onto the rest of the weaving. Your yarn should look like it has “bubbles, rainbows, hills or mounds” (however you want to think of them.) Now use the back of your fingers to STRUM across the width of your warp strings above the bubbles, like you are strumming guitar. This step is like magic and it settles your weft into the warp strings, over and under.

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STEP 3. BEAT. Pull down the other two mini domes that are left. Make sure not to pull on the end of the warp thread at all during this process. It also helps to beat down a small section, such as the first inch on the side you are weaving from (the side where the weft loops around the last warp string, not the side with the tail) to make sure it is aligned straight above the sides below it, before moving on to beat down the rest of the row. Then use a fork or a weaving comb to beat down the row.

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Completing these steps with each row will give your weaving the perfect tension and stop the edges being too tight and creeping inwards.  If you would like to learn more, take a look at my weaving classes. I offer classes at all skill levels and would love to help you grow as a weaver.

Happy weaving, everyone!