Have you always wanted to give punch needlework a go, but find you don’t have the time, energy or even desire to start a big project? Then join our 6-week long PAL! “What’s a PAL?”, I hear you ask. PAL stands for ‘Punch Along’, of course! During this Punch Along, we will introduce you and fellow craft lovers to the wonderful world of punch needle embroidery. And before you know it, you’ll be making gorgeous home décor, cuddly toys, and all sorts of accessories with nothing more than a punch needle, yarn, and some cloth. Curious to see if this popular technique is for you? Then read on and join our PAL!
Punch needlework, also known as needle punch, is a special embroidery technique. You create beautiful works of art by pushing a punch needle tool through your cloth, pulling the needle out and repeating this motion (‘punching’) across the cloth to draw and fill figures or motifs. Want to find out more about the technique of punch needlework? We wrote all about it here.
Punch needlework has been around for a very long time, but it’s only more recently that it has caught the attention of modern fiber artists and handcraft lovers. Much like crochet and knitting, punch needle is experiencing a huge boom right now. To make sure you don’t miss out on this trendy technique, we thought a Punch Along would be a fun and relaxing way to get up close and personal with it. Because fun and relaxing is exactly what it’s all about!
In the PAL, we will guide you from start to finish making your first punch project. The Punch Along starts on 10 February 2021. For 6 weeks, every week, we will post a new part of the pattern with an accompanying video tutorial right here on the blog (all links will be added to this blog post, see below). The video tutorials will show you exactly how to punch each week’s pattern.
In Tibetan art and Buddhism, a mandala is a symbolic map that represents the cosmos. This cosmos is typically depicted in the form of special geometric shapes and motifs. Creating and coloring in a mandala is a meditative act that brings a lot of joy and peace, and that’s the feeling we hope our own mandala design will bring!
And at the end of 6 weeks? You’ll have punched a beautiful, colorful mandala that you can use to cheer up a dull nook or bare wall in your home.
To participate in the PAL, you can either use materials you already have at home or purchase one of our Punch Along kits. The Punch Along kits come in 5 different colorways and can be ordered here now!Color Combinations
Which color combination will you go for?
(Numbered from left to right)
Color 1 - Download the PDF!
Color 2 - Download the PDF!
Color 3 - Download the PDF!
Color 4 - Download the PDF!
Color 5 - Download the PDF!
(Other) materials needed
If you’d like to participate in this free PAL and create your own color combination, you’ll need 5 different colors in total. You will need:
- 3 balls Yarn and Colors Must-have Minis
- 2 balls Yarn and Colors Must-have
You will also need:
- Embroidery hoop, 25 cm (included in the PAL kits)
- Punch cloth, we recommend Lilian canvas (included in the PAL kits)
- Prym iron-on transfer pen (included in the PAL kits)
- Punch needle
Don't forget to download and print out the template. The template shows the outline of the mandala design we'll be punching together when this exciting PAL starts on 10 February. To download the template, click here!
Punchalong pattern: view the pattern of Punchalong pattern of week 1 here.
Video Tutorial: View the clear video tutorial of Punchalong week 1 here.
Punchalong pattern: view the pattern of Punchalong pattern of week 2 here.
Video Tutorial: View the clear video tutorial of Punchalong week 2 here.
Punchalong pattern: view the pattern of Punchalong pattern of week 3 here.
Video Tutorial: View the clear video tutorial of Punchalong week 3 here.
Punchalong pattern: view the pattern of Punchalong pattern of week 4 here.
Video Tutorial: View the clear video tutorial of Punchalong week 4 here.
Are you joining our Punch Along? The PAL kicks off on 10 February 2021. See you then!