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A Newsletter For Punch Embroidery/Punch Needle Enthusiasts


"PERPETUATING THE ART OF PUNCHNEEDLE EMBROIDERY"

Today's Pleasure.....Tomorrow's Treasure!

JUST A NOTE:
You asked!
The best punchneedles on today's market are the Ultra Punch needles. They outsell all other punchneeedles by a large margin though that is not to say the other punchneedles shown on our homepage are not good needles. Price is not much of a factor when buying a punchneedle. The manufacturers set the prices for their needles and we do not change those prices without their asking. We also have handle extensions to fit on your very short needles for more length and comfort for your very small short-handled needles.

As with every punch needle brand we carry, we now have the Pretty Punch line of punch embroidery supplies including most Pretty Punch patterns and their yarn colors!  We're told a lot of you have trouble finding the supplies you need.  We can help! We carry all the punchneedle yarns from all companies...Cameo, Pretty Punch
Dee Lite, Purr-fect Punch, and O-So-Ez acrlic yarns plus Samilov acrylics & satins, plus Luster yarns, acrylic bright yarns, 6-ply metallics & 1 ply metallics. You can see all of them on our yarn chart pages.

MINIATURE PATTERNS & KITS:
We have the largest outstanding selection of Miniature Punch Pattern and Kit packs to be found anywhere! Take a look at the large selection on our website!  Miniature rug books are also listed for those of you who love to punch for a doll house or for income.

WHAT IS THE BEST FABRIC TO USE FOR PUNCH EMBROIDERY?  
Weavers cloth will always be first inexpensive choice for punch needle embroidery, and ours is now made for us in white, natural and khaki.  It is soft and flexible and makes very little 'popping' sound when punching. It does not need to be pre-laundered to remove the sizing like so many other brands. We now carry another punch Needle fabric from MCG textiles that punches beautifully and looks especially nice when finished. I use it whrn I plan to frame a finished piece.Look for it on our website under Fabrics.

CATALOGS INCLUDED WITH FIRST ORDER
Did you know that a catalog is included with your first order at no charge. We get many positive comments about this and are happy to do it.

PLACING AN ORDER:
Some say they don't like using an order form on a website. Our order form is triple secured and safe but if you prefer you can phone us with your order at 1-800-272-1966 (free call). Thanks for letting us know. We appreciate your comments.

NEW ASSIGNMENT!
We are pleased to announce that in addition to retail sales, we've been named wholesale distributors for Ultra Punch, Dee Lite, O So Ez, Purr-fect Punch products and Super Luxo
punchneedles worldwide. We can quickly set you up as a retailer for any of these punch product lines! Phone 1-800-272-1966 if you are interested in selling punch needles and their product lines.

Cameo has also named a distributor for their paint line. She is Ginger Wilson, 4879 Syllvan Rd., Manchester, MI 48158 Phone 734-428-13

FOR YOUR INFORMATION #1:
The Leisure Arts company has discontinued printed transfer books, so they are no longer available.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION #2:
We've been ask "how far will acrylic punch yarn go?" That's a fair question because punch embroidery is a very inexpensive hobby. Yarn usage will, of course, depend on the length of the loop you use. Generally if you are using the second or third setting on your needle you should be able to cover one square inch with two yards of yarn. The longer the loop the more yarn you will use. But when averaged out, your yarn will cost approximately 2 cents per square inch! To my way of thinking, that's a real bargain and less expensive than any other stitchery.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION #3:
When children, the elderly, handicapped, or anyone for that matter, has trouble holding their hoop for punching, just set the hoop over a plastic bowl. A tupperware bowl of the proper size for the hoop and has a raised edge is perfect since some of them have a lip that holds the hoop very well. This also works well for someone who punches while traveling. Just put supplies for your project in the bowl to keep them handy and place the hoop over the bowl...and enjoy! The bowl makes a solid 'stand' and is good for anyone to use if you will be punching for a long while! It's so easy to set it in your lap and use.

PUNCH EMBROIDERY YARNS:
We carry  all available brands of acrylic punch embroidery yarns for your convenience. We like to mix yarns brands in one design for more colors. We sometimes include some satin or lustre yarn along with acrylic yarn - or mix some metallic yarn or some ribbon floss.  Anything can be mixed. Its your call and it greatly enhances your designs. Experiment and get even more compliments on your work.

CATALOG PATTERNS:

We have 47 pattern catalogs each holding many patterns... for example a Christmas catalog with 459 Christmas designs. Each catalog is a single subject catalog and you can get a free catalog with every order you place with us. All catalogs are sold on our website.


NEW BOOKS!

We carry a nice selection of punch needle and rug books. if you enjoy seeing punched  rugs from designers, see the rug books on our website and take a look at our large selection of punchneedle books.

JUST A NOTE:
Punch Embroidery, as you may know, has been around for generations, but not a week goes by that we don't get 20-30 or more new customers who have never heard about it before! Isn't that incredible? It's one of those old time stitcheries (Originated in the 1500's) that just seems to get better and better! Please keep spreading the word!

PUNCH INSTRUCTIONS:
Our website includes a good tutorial for learning the punch technique and for threading the needle. Just go to 'How to punch on our website.

A SUGGESTION!
If you are one of the many who outline your design in a contrasting color when you punch (as I often do) then be aware it isn't always necessary to use black though black is the most popular color for outlining. Instead I sometimes use a darker shade of the fill in color to give an area definition. Punch Embroidery lets you do your own thing. If you don't want to outline everything in the same color - no problem. Use what you think will look nice. There is nothing wrong with it! One outlining method that is becoming popular is to use yarn that matches the fabric color you are punching on! Punch Embroidery is for everyone - with as many different ideas as you want to use - so try different things! It will surprise you!

REMINDER:
Just to remind you that all patterns can be used with all needles or yarns. If you need a yarn conversion chart, there is one on our website to print.

LUSTRE YARN!
Have you used the beautiful lustre yarn yet?  We  have Cameo, Dee Lite  and Purr-fect punch Luster yarn in stock. They are gorgeous yarn with a lusterous sheen and are a wonderful substitute for brands whose manufacturers may no longer offer the beautiful sheen you are looking for. This outstanding yarn is well worth trying in your small hand needle!


COMMENTS SECTION ON ORDER FORM:
Anything you can't find on the order form can be mentioned in the 'comments section' on the order form. We always read it and take care of the items asked for by customers. Some items are added for only a short time and are not listed on the order form individually. The comments section is perfect for this.

Must run for now, but check back. New things will be added soon and we often add a few new paragraphs mixed throughout the above copy, so read through it often!

UNTIL NEXT TIME...HAPPY PUNCHING!

E-mail:QUESTION?
sales@punchneedlemarketplace.com
Telephone: 1-800-272-1966
333-335 Pam Dr., Berrien Springs, MI 49103-1030

 

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