Posted on 21-3-2022 by Karlijn van Mil
The trees and flowers are in bloom, pollen is filling the air once more, and the mercury is even heading towards 18 degrees C this week! Spring has finally arrived here in the Netherlands. And we are sure you agree, there is no better way to craft than with the sun on your face, right? To help get you started, download our spring punch needle patterns; they are free to download and available to all.
Punch into spring with this free punch needle pattern
Never punched before or need a quick refresher? No problem! We have posts packed with handy tips on the blog, including how to choose the perfect yarn for punch needle, a complete beginner’s guide to all things punch needle, and we even organized a fantastic punch-along . Once you have read through these handy blog posts, you will be all set to tackle these free spring punch needle projects.
Free bees punch needle pattern
In the image, you can see the punch needle pattern with little bees, but when you download the stencil, you will discover that we have also included lots of other fun spring motifs for you to punch. How about some cute flower blossoms or a curious mole popping its head out the ground? In this blog post, we will focus on the bees pattern, but feel free to try one of the other spring patterns instead.
Step by step: Punch needle bees
Duration: You need approx. 3 hours to punch this pattern.
What do you need?
- Yarnplaza Punch Pattern Spring
- Embroidery hoop 15 cm
- Rico punch needle for thin yarn – 2.2 mm tip
- 1x Yarn and Colors Must-Have Minis 015 Mustard
- 1x Yarn and Colors Must-Have Minis 100 Black
- 1x Yarn and Colors Must-Have Minis 011 Golden Glow
- 1x Yarn and Colors Must-Have Minis 016 Cantaloupe
- 1x Yarn and Colors Must-Have Minis 038 Peony Pink
- 1x Yarn and Colors Must-Have Minis 062 Larimar
- Lilian canvas fabric
- Prym Iron-on Pattern Pencil Erasable Red
In this punch needle project, you will use different needle lengths and work from both the front and back side of your work. This way you get a playful mix of longer and shorter loops, as well as flat stitches. Pay careful attention to when you need to turn your work over.
How to punch these busy bees
Stretch the fabric into the embroidery hoop and trace the pattern onto both sides of the fabric.
Thread your punch needle with Mustard and set the needle length to 3. We begin with the right honeycomb. Punch the topmost of the three hexagons with Mustard. When needle punching, always work from the outside in. Therefore, begin with the outline then fill in the hexagon. Once you have completely filled this hexagon, cut the yarn and turn your work over.
You now work from the side where the loops of your first punched hexagon are. Thread your punch needle with Golden Glow and leave the needle length set at 3. Punch the hexagon on the right. Finished with this color? Cut the yarn and thread your needle with Cantaloupe. Set the needle length to 4 and punch the hexagon on the left. Repeat these steps for the remaining honeycomb(s). Play around with different needle lengths and use a mix of flat stitches and loops.
Turn your work over to the side from which you worked the first hexagon of the honeycombs. You should now have one flat hexagon and two with loops. It is now time to punch the hearts. Thread your punch needle with Peony Pink and punch the hearts with needle length 3. Cut the yarn when they are finished.
Punch the Larimar wings from the same side. Also use the same needle length. Continue with Black and punch the bees’ eyes, mouths, stripes, stingers, feet, and antennae.
Then thread the punch needle with Mustard and punch the heads of the bees. After that, turn your work over and punch the yellow stripes on the bodies.
This step is optional. Once you are done, turn your work over and check for any stray loops sticking out above the rest. Carefully tug the loops around them with a small (crochet) hook to bring them all to the correct height.
You have finished punching the cute spring motif! What will you do with yours? You could hang it up on your wall or give it to someone as a gift.
Share your results!
Have you used one of our free punch needle patterns? Then share a photo with us on social media. Remember to tag us @yarnplaza in your post and use #yarnplaza and/or #yarnplazapunchneedle. Have you caught the punch needle bug like us? Then try out one of these great punch needle projects.