Packing a punch with a new punch needle workshop, yarn and giveaway!
Hello Iroiro! The newest little balls of yarn from Daruma in Japan, iroiro means variety, many ways or different kinds in Japanese. You can use these little balls in all sorts of ways, and we are pretty excited about all the crafting possibilities!
Iroiro single-ply roving wool is perfect for the art of punch needle embroidery as well as knitting or crochet. These sweet little 20 gram balls in 20 cheerful colours create beautiful punch needle projects like cushions, wall art or any other accessory you can dream up.
As well as the roving single ply yarn, Iroiro also comes in some super modern and fun plied acrylic neon colours. The neon Iroiro comes in 15 gram balls of chunky weight yarn and is perfect for a pop of colour in your punch needle projects or any knitting or crochet work. It also makes excellent pompoms!
If you need to get your punch needle skills into gear, join us for a workshop with Duygu Turgut Gökpınar. Duygu is one of the most influential DIY makers in Turkey and we are delighted to host her first-ever London workshop. A former school teacher, Duygu founded her own studio called Good Things to share her love of punch needle and multi-dimensional making. Her fun, bright and modern style is sure to liven up any living space.
The classes will take place in August and October and there are options to purchase a materials bundle to use during the class (this bundle is only available to those participating) or bring your own supplies. To learn more about Duygu’s style, check out her YouTube channel.
Over the next two weeks we will be giving away two gift packages, each containing a copy of the book Punch Needle by Arounna Khounnoraj (aka Bookhou) and two balls of Iroiro roving of the winner’s choice for some punch needle inspiration! One winner will be selected on Instagram and the other on the blog. This context is open to everyone and we’ll ship to wherever you are in the world!
To enter on the blog, please leave a comment on this post (comments on other blog posts will not be entered) with an idea of how you might use your prize.
To enter on Instagram either post one of your own punch needle photos or repost our photo from today using the hashtag #LoopLovesPunchNeedle. You will need to be following our account, @looplondonloves. Your entry will not count if you only leave a comment on our IG post—it has to be on your own post.
This giveaway will close at midnight UK time on Wednesday the 30th of June for blog comments and IG users.
We’ll announce the winners on Friday the 2nd of July, both on the blog and on Instagram. We wish you all the very best of luck!
Punch needle is a beautiful craft form of embroidery and very similar to rug hooking. The yarn is “punched” instead of stitched into a fabric with a loose weave to create all sorts of designs.
The punch needle technique creates a loop on the surface of the material. Like embroidery, you can use a hoop to hold your fabric in place while creating your design. A project can be completed in quite a short amount of time and is an excellent craft for beginners as it’s very forgiving. You can easily pull your work out and re-punch if you make a mistake.
We have all the supplies you’ll need to start your creative journey into the world of punch needle. The punch needle tool you’ll need depends on the thickness of the yarn you are using. The #10 regular Oxford punch needle is a popular choice for beginners. The Oxford punch needles are available in two widths, regular and fine. We recommend The #9 and #10 regular punch needle if you would like to use a bulkier yarn like the Iroiro roving to create your design. For something with a shallower loop height, you might want to try the fine needles, which use anything from finer sock weight to a worsted weight. “The Mini” forms beautiful short, compact loops that look similar to needlepoint.
You can also try doubling or tripling the threads or yarn you plan to use to fit your needle. There are so many possibilities! Try experimenting with different needle and thread sizes or even strips of fabric or ribbon in the same piece for more textural interest.
You’ll need some fabric for your project. Rico monk’s cloth comes in three neutral colours and is 12 count, meaning the loose, even weave allows the punch needle to move through the fabric smoothly and works well with most yarns. We also have the beautiful hand-dyed monk’s cloth pieces from Germany. These very high-quality fabric pieces are tea stained, giving them a beautiful distressed and vintage look. Each one is slightly different.
To hold everything in place while you work, you’ll want a nice sturdy embroidery hoop. The Clover embroidery hoops have an inner ring that grips the fabric firmly, keeping it tight. It makes it very easy to slip the material in place and tighten the outer hoop. The hoops are great for punch needle projects as they give a bit more depth to the fabric while you’re working on it.
Along with the more specialised supplies for your punch needle designs, you’ll also need many of the same tools as embroidery, like some sharp thread snips. You can also look at some of our punch needle books for inspiration to get you started. We hope these lovely new yarns and punch needle supplies will inspire you to give this beautiful craft a try.
Seams Couturiers Hand Cream has arrived in the shop and our skin has never been so smooth. The non-greasy formula developed specifically to soothe seamstresses’ dry, pinpricked hands without leaving greasy marks on their work uses a biomimetic lipid complex to lock in moisture and restore skin from within. Your hands will feel soft and supple and your project will stay clean and beautiful, a win-win!
The CocoKnits Rose pattern is back in stock at Loop, along with all the supplies you’ll need to make one of these sweet coats. Our sample uses Malabrigo Rios in the colour Denim with Indigo Bird Buttons made from coconut wood. Make it your own in any DK or light worsted weight yarn—we recommend Quince & Co Lark or Big Bad Wool Weepaca—and browse our selection of buttons for a cute accent.
We have also just made some more Scout Shawl kits. This kit was made in collaboration with the designer, Florence Spurling, using almost all of the original colours of Madelinetosh Merino Light she used. This intricate shawl inspired by the pieced-together aesthetic of vintage quilts is a dream for colourwork lovers, combining Fair Isle and intarsia knitting. Our kit saves you buying five full skeins of yarn. The pattern is available separately through Florence’s website or Ravelry.
Wishing you a punchy weekend!