How to use the 3 Size Punch Needle Instructions

In this blog we share a few tips specifically focussing on the 3 size punch needle we sell in our shop. You may also want to read our step by step punch needle tutorial for beginners and tips to avoid most common issues.

This punch needle comes wih 3 different refill needles so you can combine different thickness of thread in your work. From a few strands of Embroidery Floss up to Chunky Wool. You can also make small adjustments in height of your loops by fixing the needle and a higher or lower place in your holder.

On this page, you will learn how to prepare your punch needle. You can read our tips for foundation fabric that is a perfect match with this needle. Please note that as the diameter of the punch needles varies, our tips are different for each refill needle. 

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How to use the 3 size punch needle

How to prepare your punch needle?

Take one of the three refill needles and move this into the holder. Use the screw to fix your needle in place. You have to screw it really tight to ensure the needle will not move while punching. Tip: Use a piece of cloth in between your fingers and the screw to make it as tight as possible.

To get your wool or floss into your punch needle you will need a threading tool. The 3 size punch needle set includes a thin metallic wire threader so you can even thread the thinnest needles. Without the threader you will strugle to get your thread through the needle.

Step 1

threading the 3 size punch needle

Insert your needle threader in the long end of your needle. Enter your needle from the sharp end of your needle, the side that you will poke into your punch fabric.

Step 2

Pull your thread through the metalic threader that comes out at the backside of your punch needle

Step 3

Threading the 3 size punch needle

Pull your needle threader from the front side of the punch needle all the way through your needle. Your yarn is no threaded through the large end of your needle.

Step 4

Threading the 3 size punch needle

You will now need to thread your yarn through the opening in the needle (the needle hole). First bring your needle threader through the needle hole and put your yarn in between the metalic threads of your threader.

Pull the needle threader. This will make your thread come through the opening. Be carefull, the threader can easily break if your yarn is too thick for your needle.

Step 5

Threading the 3 size punch needle

Voila! This is how your threaded needle looks like.

You are now ready to start punching. Learn in our earlier blog how to punch step by step

Which yarn or floss can I use with the 3 size punch needle?

The 3 size punch needle set includes three refill needles. Each refill needle can be used with a different thickness of yarn or floss.

The Thinnest Needle

You can use the thinnest needle with 6 strands of embroidery floss and very thin yarns. This needle has a diameter of 2mm.

The Medium Size Needle

You can use the Medium size needle with regular yarns. This needle has a diameter of 2,5mm. We love to use our specially selected Lanita ecological wool with this needle. The Lanita wool is a well twined thin wool which is great for punch needle embroidery.

The biggest refill Needle

You can use the biggest refill needle with thicker yarns. This needle has a diameter of 3mm. You can use it with our chuncky Gordita wool. Gordita is a 100% ecological merino wool and very suitable for punch needle embroidery.

You can also combine two threads of Lanita ecological wool with this needle. Combining threads gives stunning color combinations.

Alternatives include thin ribbons, thicker crochet yarns and tapestry wool.

3 size punch needle example piece

Which foundation fabrics are suitable for the 3 size punch needles?

Each punch needle has a different thickness. To ensure that your loops stay nicely in your fabric, it is important to use the correct fabric for your project. If a fabric is too open woven it might be nice for the thickest refill needle, but when you work with a finer needle your loops will pull out easily. And if your fabric is too dense it will be harder to punch with the thickest refill needle.

We tested the needles with a large number of fabrics to provide you the best fabric that works with all different refill needle sizes of the 3 size punch needle.

Preferred fabric for the small and medium size refill needle

Our prefered fabric for the small and medium sized refill needle is our GOTS certified punch canvas. This is a beautiful canvas that can deal very well with those harsh punches. It is available in multiple treding colors, making it possible to leave part of your work uncovered with stitches. It is also a great fabric to turn your punch needle project into a cushion cover.

  • All production steps of this fabric are GOTS certified, the world’s leading standard for good practices in the textile supply chain. There is stringend control on both environmental and social criteria.
  • Colors are produced free of harmful substances like toxic heavy metals.
  • This cotton is biodegradable.

You can also use this fabric with the thickest refill needle, but you will notice a bit more resistance while working. Read on to see our preferred option for that needle.

Prefered fabric for the biggest refill needle

For the biggest refill needle we prefer to work with our ecologically colored jute. This gives your work a slightly more rustic look. This jute is a more open woven fabric and it is available in Black, White and Natural color.

Please note that the raw jute is not suitable for this punch needle.

White Jute punch needle fabric

Alternative fabric for the 3 size punch needle

You can also punch with these needles on Evenweave 28 count linen fabric . Linen is very eco-friendly alternative to regular cotton fabrics, and is very pleasant for your hands. The threads from linen do break easier than our canvas and jute fabrics. So especially when punching with the biggest needle, it is more difficult to re-do certain sections too many times.

We do not recommend to use Aida fabrics for this punch needle.

We will continue testing fabrics and will share updates on our blog on test results. If you have questions about fabrics, please feel free to contact us!

Off White Evenweave linen 28 Count Fabric.

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