Monday, July 13, 2020

Punch Needle Gadgetry

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome ~
how about we learn about punch needle?!
I have made two videos that describe punching gadgets, how I use them and teaching my viewers how to punch. 
You may find them at the links provided: 
Adventures in Thread - Episode 1: Punch Needle Basics: HERE
Adventures in Thread - Episode 2: Punch Needle Part 2 - Expanding our knowledge: HERE

I find punch needle and the rhythm of it therapeutic and relaxing. It is so easy to set and just punch away as you watch television or sit on your porch.
There are some tools of the craft though that make punching very much easier and here are my top picks. 

Ultra Punch - absolutely the best punch needle in my opinion. The punch needle sets come with:
1 ultra punch
3 sizes of needles: small (1-3 strands of floss), medium (3-6 strands of floss) and large (yarn, metallic flosses, ribbons, etc.
2-3 threaders
1 pointed tip spring (for use with needle sizes: Small and Medium)
1 round tip spring (for use with needle size: Large)
Ultra punch instruction booklet

*NOTE* I own three Ultra Punch punch needles because I like to thread them all up and have them waiting so I don't have to take time to stop and thread them over and over. If they all are threaded up with the colors I'm punching when one runs out I pick up the next one.

*PLASTIC CASE* I house my Ultra Punches in a plastic case. I purchased this case 15+ years ago. I have no idea where it came from and there is no identifying information on where I got this or who made it. There are several companies that make plastic cases, I believe this one could be an ARTBIN case, but even a child's pencil case for school or a small cigar box can house your Ultra punches. I DO recommend getting some sort of case to carry them in as it keeps them housed and protected.
*always* retract your needle back inside the barrel of your Ultra Punch when you are finished punching for the day. This protects the needle sharpness and your fingers when you go to grab it!
HERE is a case that I believe is very similar to mine.
I buy them in large quantities. You cannot use your Ultra Punch unless you have a MUST have one. *and* they are easy to lose...BUY SEVERAL THEY ARE IMPORTANT!!



You will need something to hold your weavers cloth DRUM tight. (a Q-snap, scroll frame or regular hoop will not be sufficient) you will need either a:

Morgan Lip Locking Hoop

These hoops are easily found at any Local Needlework Shop either brick and mortar or online.
You must have a hoop large enough that all of the punch needle design lies within the hoop meaning you will not have to move the hoop around as you cannot re-hoop over the punch needle as it will ruin the pile of the project.

Morgan also makes a lovely lap/table stand as you can see below: one may use either side as they come in different hoop sizes on top and bottom. 


I prefer to use a small punch needle/rug hooking stand. Mine was purchased long ago at a rug hooking shop. However, they are available at: The Old Tattered Flag (also the owners of Ultra Punch Needle Punches) You may find them on line: HERE



Made by Puffin & Company (and demonstrated how to use in my video) these little gems make separating floss a breeze. EASY PEASY - YOU NEED THIS!!



Threads, threads and more threads I use: clothespins (with number of color written in pencil so can be erased and used over and over)


Or I also save old plastic (or wooden) spools of sewing thread to wrap my separated or ready to punch floss.


Either of these ways organize the threads beautifully so that they don't get tangled or lost.

The ones below are the ones I show on my videos. Available on Amazon: HERE


I also have curved blade scissor snips by Artman - also available on Amazon: HERE

Of course there are SEVERAL varieties of these curved blade scissor snips, and they all work the same.
They are fantastic tools for any of your crafting applications, quilting, sewing, cross stitch, embroidery, punch needle, endless uses and so handy to have on hand!

Have you been wanting to try punch needle? Have you tried before and need a refresher? 
wherever you may be on the spectrum concerning punch the videos and give it a try. It is such a wonderful, relatively quick craft to learn and enjoy!

Until next time: 
Punch Happy :)
Vonna xxxx


  1. Thanks for taking the time to post. I'll check out the video's now, although I don't really NEED another craft, although always been super interested in the look of punch needle.

  2. Vonna: Interesting post, must try punch needle soon.
    Clothespins are a great idea to keep thread.


  3. Many thanks Vonna, I have wanted to try this for a long time. I will watch your videos. They have been wonderful in finishing my cross stitch. So I am sure they will be very clear and full of valuable information.

  4. Welcome back. And thanks for another comprehensive video . You are the best.

  5. Vonna, thank you for sharing your tips and recommendations for punch needle. It all looks very interesting. Hope you are doing well.

  6. Thank you for sharing! Have all the supplies, but have not had the courage to I will!

  7. I'm so happy to see your blog back up! Thank you for the videos. I was scared to try punch needle but your videos took the anxiety away. Thank you for the helpful videos!

  8. Thank you! This is great information and for those of us eager to improve our punching skills this is a great reference. It is time consuming to gather the materials and write a blog and very appreciated.

  9. Hello Vonna! Thank you for all the information regarding tools of the trade and the links. As well, thank you for your TIME and EFFORT making the 2 punchneedle videos! They are fantastically detailed and so easy to follow and understand. I love the end product of punchneedle projects but will have to wait until my pocketbook can afford some of the tools before I can try it. Again, sincerest thanks for all you do for the needleart industry. ❤️

  10. Hi Vons’s- just finished both videos and wanted to chime in with a big congrats! I’ve been punching ...well, a long time, and your explanations for beginners were concise and clear! Thank you for the new online resource and I will now pass along to my students your valuable tips!
    Cheers from a fellow Hoosier! 🎈
    Marilyn Oehler
    Cranberry Bog Cottage
    Terre Haute, IN

  11. I love it, thank you for your videos.

  12. Great info ~ Thank you, Vonna, for taking the time to share it with us!

  13. Thank you for sharing your talent and expertise. Great information.