Thursday, January 26, 2012

Punch Needle Embroidery

Have you ever tried punch needle embroidery? Well, I hadn't and have always wanted to try it -- so I entered into a challenge to try a new technique (from my Etsy blogging team, Blogging Business Artisans). This challenge was done by my "other self" and, if you'd like, you can read about it here.

Anyway, how does this tie in with a vintage thingie, you ask....

In the process, I remembered that I had found THIS at a garage sale (for all of $1.00!) -- it's from 1985.

It's an "Easy Punch Automatic Embroidery Machine" and we'll just have to see how "easy" it is!!

I plan on trying it out for another punch needle project sometime in the not-too-distant future and see how the older "automatic" technique compares with the newer "by hand" technique. That is, if I can keep from letting it run off my fabric and onto my fingers!!

This one is battery operated but has an adapter for electricity -- alas, the adapter was not included in my find. The instructions say that it goes faster with electricity though, so it's probably good that I only have the battery power!

Whoa! Looks like a submarine -- or a happy dolphin!

According to the brochure, the "automatic 'walking' needle ensures close, even stitching" -- I hope so, because that was the hardest part of doing the punching by hand. I had a tendency to lift the point of the needle off the fabric and that was a clear mistake! The backside of the work should look like small, even stitches..... didn't happen for me!

So, when I get around to using this smart little device, I'll show you my gorgeous project (which, of course, I know it will be)!! Just be aware that it (and I) may become even more vintage before that day comes!

Just for fun, here's the one I just completed using the newer "by hand" technique!!

♥♥♥ Linking my Punch Needle to Vintage Thingie Thursday over at Colorado Lady. Hop on over to find more vintage thingies!!



  1. I did needlepoint years ago, but not like this. If my eyes were better, I definitely would try this.

  2. Like LV, I loved to cross stitch/embroider when I was younger. Your piece turned out so pretty; makes me want to try it! Thanks so much for visiting!

  3. Well this is interesting, seen one of these little things but have never tried one. Love your finished piece.

  4. That looks really neat. I found some old antique rugs that were done on burlap and the texture of the top looks similar.
    Laura from EBT

  5. That is so intriguing and fun - I wonder how it works? Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    Happy VTT and machine embroidering! :)

  6. I was wondering what that blue thingy was. Glad that's all cleared up. Enjoy the adventure - be brave - have fun with it.

  7. You can get the Easy Punch Embroidery Machine, supplies, accessories at this website:

    Their prices are way more reasonable than other sites I've visited.

  8. Hey did it work? I bought one of these and was curious


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