Punch Needle

Example of a punch needle. Example of a punch needle.

A punch needle is a long needle with a hollow stem and a bevelled point with a large eye. The point of the needle is punched through the ground material, rather than the whole needle being passed through it. The embroidery thread goes down the stem of the needle and is passed through the eye. 

By the end of the twentieth century, punch needles often included a depth gauge, so that a pile, on the reverse side of the cloth, of a consistent length can be produced. They also come with a very long needle threader to pass the yarn down the stem of the needle.

There are various forms of needles associated with punch work. The main forms available in 2015 were for Russian burko (burco or berko) embroidery, punch needle embroidery, punch needle rugs and rag rugs.

See also the TRC Needles entry on igolochka.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 9th July 2016).


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