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Needlework Tool Beginner’s Guide

Needlework Tool Beginner’s Guide
December 5, 2019 stephchard
In Tips & Tricks

 

CROSS STITCH 

Fabric

Aida or Linen/Evenweave 

Tools 

Needles come in different sizes. The higher the # the thinner the needle. Thinner needles are more suitable for higher counts and fewer strands of threads.

An embroidery hoop or snap frame is required to keep a tight tension.

Thread 

DMC Stranded Thread (Art. 117) is the most popular thread to use for cross stitch. It has 6 strands, which can be separated depending on how much coverage you require. To add something special to your project, DMC also make variegated and sparkly threads.

We also sell DMC Matte Cotton, which is not stranded and can be used for a thicker and different feel coverage than the 6 strands of Art. 117.

HAND EMBROIDERY 

Fabric 

Aida is not suitable for embroidery. A tightly woven material of at least 55 count is recommended. Weavers cloth, which is often used for Ultra Punch Needle, is also suitable.

Tools

Thinner, sharp needles with an eye big enough for the thickness of thread you want to use will work.

An embroidery hoop or snap frame is required to keep a tight tension.

Thread

DMC Stranded (Art.117) is the most popular to use for embroidery too and can be separated depending on the thickness you prefer.

DMC Matte cotton is used for a thicker, matte look.

ULTRA PUNCH NEEDLE 

Material 

The Ultra Punch requires a heavy, tightly woven material to withstand the force of the needle. The most popular material used is Weavers Cloth.

Tools

The Ultra Punch Needle comes with 3 needles, which fit different thickness of thread.

A No Slip Hoop is recommended as the force of the needle can make the material slide in a regular hoop. This means you are often adjusting the tension, and it is a much nicer experience when you can just focus on your work.

Thread 

DMC Stranded (Art.117) and other DMC Stranded threads are suitable for the Ultra Punch. The needles are not big enough to accomodate wool or yarn.

OXFORD PUNCH NEEDLE 

Fabric 

The Oxford requires material specially made for rug hooking tools. We stock Monks Cloth and Tula, which are soft, loosely woven fabrics that can hold in the punched yarn.

Tools 

The Oxford Punch Needle comes in 2 main types: Regular and Fine. The Regular is suitable for thick, chunky yarn and wool, while the Fine can hold thinner yarn. Both the Regular and Fine are available with different sized needles. The smaller the needle, the shorter the loops it can make.

A No Slip Hoop is recommended to avoid the material slipping from the force of the needle.

Yarn 

We sell DMC Natura XL, suitable for the Regular needle. We sell DMC Woolly 5, suitable for the Fine needle. Any yarn that can fit and flow through the needle is able to be used.

Multiple strands can be added up to how thick the yarn can still easily flow through the hole. Embroidery threads and other thin threads are not suitable.

 

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