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Punch Needle Rug Hooking

ElewMompittsehMar 29, 2018, 2:08:18 AM

I like to learn at least one new skill each year, and this year is all about dying wool and hooking rugs.

The Oxford Punch Needle #14

For my first go I decided to try needle punch. I had never heard of it before, but looking around online I found a beautiful pattern by Yvonne Buss, and this is the needle style it called for.

Next came dying the wool yarn, for which I used The Wooly Mason Jar system.

White Yarn from Bartlett's Farm in New England 

With the yarn all dyed, I dove in and started learning, after many video tutorials...

Punch Needle is worked from the back of the piece

This is the front at the same point

When I had finished and took it off the frame, the edges were all curled!! 

It was a little nerve wracking, but the remedy I was told, is steam. This is the way that was suggested by the rug hooking community.

First lay a towel down on a good ironing surface (I just used the leaf table we made here). Then lay the rug front side down on the towel...

Next add a damp cloth over the back (I used a flour sack towel that was hand wrung).

And iron. I have a wool setting on my iron, so not sure what heat setting exactly, but pretty hot so the water in the towel steams.

The end result...It worked Perfectly!!!

Corners and edges all flat...

Here it is, all hooked and steamed :)

If you are interested in giving it a try...

Yvonne's patterns and kits - Vintage Heart Rug Design can be found here --> https://www.etsy.com/shop/YvonneBuus

Lucy's Color Wheel cards and kits can be found here -->   http://www.thewoolymasonjar.com/