I would really like to invite everyone to join my 'Lavender Ladies Punch Needle Group' on Facebook. It started as a group for Oxford punch needle enthusiasts and now, I think, we have a nice blend of work using both the Oxford Punch Needle and the Cameo Punch Needles. Come join us!
Every week there are new-comers that have many questions about both needles.
Above is the Oxford Punch Needle. It is one of many sizes- this one is the #14 which is used for tiny loops....my favorite.
There are Oxford punch needles for thicker yarns as well - high loops, low loops- high and fine or to use for detail.
Here is a link to the Oxford website page showing all the sizes!
Here is a close up photograph of a couple of the different loop sizes these needles can create.
This is a larger photo of that rug for you to see. This is called 'Lavender Lady.' The entire rug was done in hand dyed yarn that I did. I used little French Knots for the lavender in the borders.
What is a Cameo punch needle?
Above is the Cameo. As you can see, it comes with three tip sizes. This one you use flosses. What floss you use is entirely up to you. DMC, Valdani are probably the most popular. Valdani is variegated and my favorite BUT DMC is very, very nice as well. There is also a 'Moire' wool thread. It is not variegated but rather 'heather' like.
This is a little punch needle design I did for 'Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine'- it's a close up so you can see what punching with Valdani floss and the Cameo looks like.
Above is 'Fields of Wheat' that I have been doing with wool lace that I have dyed. You can see my basket of some of the lace below. The lace runs through the Cameo large needle like a dream and I love the hand dyed look. I will be creating kits for this soon.
So what do you think? I am sure there is so much to add to this- I would appreciate any comments at all if anyone has anything a beginner may want to know.