The Knit Café now carries all sizes of Amy Oxford’s Punch Needles!
These rug hooking needles are the best. They are made for comfortable punching thanks to the curvy, smooth, wooden handle and the sleek, surgical steel needle. The Oxford Punch Needles come in a variety of sizes so you can switch the size of your yarn and also change the length of your pile for lots of interesting textural possibilities.
I have made a handy chart for The Knit Cafe to illustrate!
The Oxford Punch Needles come in sizes #14, #13, #10, #9 and #8. It breaks down like this:
#14 creates the shortest pile and only comes in “Fine” (which is for worsted or DK weight yarns. It makes 3mm tall pile
#13 is slightly taller with 4.75mm tall pile. Also only comes in “Fine”
#10 comes in both “Fine” and “Regular”. “Regular needles suit bulky yarns.
The #10 has 6.35mm high pile.
#9 also comes in both “Fine” and “Regular”. The pile is 9.5mm.
#8 comes in both “Fine” and “Regular”. the pile is 12.7mm high
So which one should you choose?
Choose the “Fine” size if you think you want more details in your pieces.
Choose the “Regular” size if speedy punching is important or if you plan to make less detailed more abstract work and like those fat stitches!
Choose a lower pile for details and a cleaner look. Choose taller piles for more texture! The chart shows the longest pile – the #8 twice. The first time in the grey is made with the standard punching technique and the maroon yarn shows the piles of the yarn cut to get a tufted effect. It’s shaggy!!! Another kind of texture for you to try. The centre of the chart that is not marked in the lilac colour has no pile length because it is punched on the other side. This is a great way to get a flat look and can be done with any size of punch needle.
Check out the Oxford Punch Needles at The Knit Café HERE
The next Punch Needle Class at The Knit Café
is Tuesday July 9, 2019, 6:30-9pm.
It is fun trying new things, non?
Iwona and I have been really enamoured with all the rug hooking projects we have been seeing about lately. This traditional textile craft is back in vogue thanks to talented artisans like Arounna Khounnoraj who is teaching a Punch Needle Class here at The Knit Café in October.
Here’s the gist: Punch Needles and traditional Rug Hooking Tools are used to pull loops of yarn or fabric through an even-weave fabric. With a skilled hand and a little imagination all sorts of beautiful designs can be made this way.
A traditional rug hooking tool looks like this ↑. These hooks can ben used with a variety of sizes of yarns with different textures and also wool fabric or other cloth cut into strips. Find the hooks in our webshop HERE. Thanks to our lovely collaborator Maurie Todd, The Knit Café has been offering Rug Hooking lessons for years.
Once you have your tool you will need a “foundation cloth” on which to build your masterpiece. One option is Primitive Linen. This 100% linen fabric is woven loosely enough to use with a rug hooking tool and also with larger punch needle tools like the Amy Oxford Fine Tool. Another option is Monks Cloth which is woven with 100% cotton and works great with both traditional rug hooking tools and Oxford Punch Needles both Regular and Fine.
Punch Needle tools are made in different sizes to fit different sized yarns. Shown above is the Oxford Punch Needle Fine which takes worsted weight yarns. The Knit Café has Oxford Punch Needles in stock in the bricks and mortar shop only.
Here I am trying out the Oxford Punch Needle Regular Size on the Monks Cloth ↑ . This is the back side of the work but is it the right side?
This is the side I was looking at while I was working which is traditionally the wrong side but many contemporary needle punchers like this side better. What do you think?
FYI: With a traditional Rug Hooking Tool you are looking at the side with the three dimensional pile while you are working.
The Knit Café also carries the Ultra Punch Needle Tool. This is a fine needle that comes with interchangeable tips so a selection of fine yarns and threads can be used with this tool.
We used the Ultra Punch and scraps of fingering weight yarn to make our Open Sign.