Let's Compare The Different Needles
There are punch needles for yarn and punch needles for embroidery floss. So let's explore the options.
First we have the SKC adjustable punch needle shown at the left. This needle takes yarn. It works best with a worsted weight yarn. The tool allows for 4 different loop heights. The loop is your "pile". The loop or pile side is technically the side to display. Some people choose to display the back or "working side" as it looks like embroidery. The working side will also sometimes show more detail as well. Which side to display is up to you! :)
This punch needle can take larger bulky yarns as well depending on the brand and bulk. If the tool is used at the longest pile height the stitches with stay. If used at a low pile height with a very bulky yarn it will likely not hold. This is because the yarn is a bit too thick and sticking in the tool. A great work around to use the bulky yarn is just to use the longest height setting "A" on the tool.
This tool can be used with monks cloth, primitive linen, and primary rug backing fabrics.
This needle is available in my shop with a free sample of primary rug backing fabric, Shown below. Also, available in a kit.
Both monks cloth and primary rug backing fabrics are available for purchase.Theres also a pack including some of each. This package is a great way for a beginner to test two fabrics and see which they prefer to punch with.
Next we have a small punch needle which is used with embroidery floss. Some very small yarns can also be used. The needle comes in a set with one metal handle and two needles which are numbered #14 and #16. The needle tip simply pushes onto the handle. The set comes in a small metal tube as they are sharp. Store the needle in the tube at all times when not in use.
This needle is used with weavers cloth or cotton backing fabrics, available in the shop.
This tool can achieve an embroidery look with some practice.
As with the larger punch needle either the working side or pile side can be displayed depending on your preference.
This needle is sold individually or as a kit. The kit contains the needle, hoop with pre-stretched weavers cloth, and a variety of DMC brand embroidery flosses. Two threaders are also included.
Ultra Punch Needle
New to the shop is the Ultra Punch. This small needle comes with an adjustable loop height, three needles, and two threaders. Its made in the USA too! Yay! This needle takes embroidery floss or even some small yarns. It works great with weavers cloth, cotton cloth, and even some other tight weave fabrics. Play around with upholstery fabrics too!
Weavers cloth and cotton cloth are available in the shop for these small needles as well. White weavers cloth is shown in the image here with the Ultra Punch needle.
The Lavor Punch Needle
This needle is pretty awesome! It comes with three needle tips in a nice range of sizes. The smallest needle can take a single 6 strand embroidery floss. The medium needle can take two strands together, which is fun for mixing colors. The larger needle can take some yarns. I find a yarn weight 1-2 works nicely.
The small and medium needle can be used in weavers cloth. The larger needle works best with cotton backing cloth.
If you're looking for a needle that can do small detailed work and maybe some fun bigger projects too then this is the one you need. Best part of all is that its adjustable. You slide the needle tip in the handle at whatever height you want. Whether you need big tall pile hight loops or short ones then just adjust the needle.
One Of A Kind Wood Turned Punch Needles
These needles are new to the Mini Masterpieces shop. We are so thrilled to have a local Arizona wood turning artist, Dave Webber, making these needles. We had a vision to make one of a kind wood punch needles in 2018 and the dream has finally come to fruition. We couldn't be happier! These needles are are made one at a time in Arizona. They offer a unique variety of woods, onyx, turquoise inlays and more. Please visit our Etsy shop to see whats available today. These are released in small batches a few times a year. They do sell out out! :)
Using A Wood Turned Punch Needle
Oxford Punch Needle
"The Mini 14"
The Oxford #14 needle at left is a Fine needle and works with sock weight, worsted, baby, and sport weight yarns. This needle makes a 1/8" loop and only comes in a Fine size.
This needle makes short compact loops. Its great for finer detailed works.
Use the Mini 14 with monks cloth.
Will NOT work with primary rug backing or weavers cloth.
Oxford Punch Needle
Size 10 Regular
The Oxford needle is a wood needle with a unique slit cut down the entire side of it. This makes for easy threading with no need for a threading tool. The needle only makes one height for the pile as it's not adjustable. This needle can use finer weight yarns doubled up all the way up to a chunky yarn. This needle can take the 4ply rug yarns as well!