Punch Needle Cushion by Julie Robert, $95.04; Hoop Art by Julie Robert, $44.35
Following in the clog footsteps of knitting, macrame, and weaving, the latest fiber art craft to make a "comeback" is punch needle!
Punch needle — also called needle punch, punch embroidery, Russian embroidery, and bunka — is a textile technique that's very similar to traditional rug hooking, but with visual elements that closely resemble embroidery. Densely packed rows of yarn loops are poked through woven fabric with a hollow needle tool; depending on the fabric, the size of the yarn and the type of punch needle, the technique can be used on both a small and large scale, from embroidery hoop wall art, to cushion covers, to rugs. Either side of the punched fabric can be displayed — the working side displays tighter "stitches," while the other side of the fabric displays the trademark loops.