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Punch needle blog - news, tips and tricks

  • 5 reasons to attend a punch needle workshop in Bristol

    If you’re planning days out to look forward to, why not think about booking onto a craft workshop, more specifically a punch needle workshop (with me, Sara Moore of Whole Punching). With upcoming workshops set in the beautiful South West (Bristol I’m looking at you), what better way to spend a day out than learning a new craft, meeting lovely like-minded people and exploring a new place.
  • Which yarn should you use for punch needle?

    To get started with punch needle you will need four key materials; a punch needle tool, fabric, a frame or hoop for stretching your fabric and yarn to punch with. Choosing yarn for your punch needle project can definitely be one of the most fun parts of your planning. However, it’s helpful to keep a few useful tips in mind when you pick the yarn for your next project.

  • Royal Mail strike action Nov & Dec 2022

    Royal Mail are taking strike action throughout November and December 2022.
  • Lavor punch needle tools

    Lavor are one of the most popular producers of punch needle tools. Their punch needles are easy to use, great for beginners, affordable and come in a range of different sizes. All punch needles are made in Europe and feature handles made from recycled plastic making them a sustainable choice. If you're not sure which is the right punch needle for you, read on...
  • Spotlight: Make your own punch needle coasters

    Freshen up your home for Spring with a new set of cute coasters on your coffee table. Textiles are one of the quickest (and cheapest) ways to change up your interior. Make your own set of four, cotton punch needle coasters in a cute, Springy daisy design. The beginner kit includes everything you need to get started and is great for the interiors lover with a well crafted home…
  • How to get started with punch needle

    They come in different shapes and sizes but essentially all punch needles function the same, they allow a continuous length of yarn to run through a channel and out a tip. Some punch needles will require a threader to get the yarn into the channel and others won't.
  • Spotlight: Punch needle gripper frames

    Superior to their carpet tack and canvas stretcher bar counterparts, the punch needle gripper strip frames make stretching your fabric and moving projects a breeze. Made to order in our workshop in Cumbria each frame comes with a wool mix felt frame cover which will protect your hands from the thousands of sharp teeth. The frames are a labour of love, a team effort and worth every penny.
  • Whole Punching x Alice Moore collaboration

    Alice is a freelance print designer based in Berlin and has always been creating since as long as I can remember. I absolutely love her style and couldn't wait to translate these into punch needle projects. We have created four new hoops, two of which incorporate punch needle and tufting. So if you've wanted to try your hand at tufting but don't want to invest in a tufting gun, these kits are a great introduction. 
  • Summer craft workshops in Bristol

    What better way to spend the summer than by learning a new skill, you'll be ready to spend those cosy, autumn evenings crafting away. Here is a little round up of the best crafty, yarn based workshops that are being held in Bristol over the summer.
  • Three years of Whole Punching

    Three years of Whole Punching, how did we get here and what has happened along the way. Buckle in, it's a long one...
  • Punch needle tutorial: How to prepare a hoop for punching

    A step-by-step punch needle tutorial for beginners on how to prepare an embroidery hoop with monks cloth for punching. Easy way to prepare a hoop for your punch needle wall hangings.
  • A beginners’ guide to punch needle fabrics

    A brief overview of the different qualities of punch needle fabrics that are available in the UK. Fabrics may have different names so it can be difficult when purchasing, therefore referring to the qualities of fabric will help to you choose your punch needle foundation fabric.