Recommended for children 12+.
- Trace out your design on a sheet of paper. Create your own design or use a template (Google 'clipart', use one you like from a colouring book or stencil, etc).
- Place that sheet of paper under your fabric, the fabric is light enough that you’ll be able to see the design through it.
- Trace design onto fabric using a pen.
- Place your fabric in the embroidery hoop, making sure it is very tight and secure, a bit like a drum.
- Take your punch needle tool and thread in the wool, you will have a diagram on the package to show you exactly how to do it.
- Insert your tool in the fabric until the needle is completely through it and the base of the tool touches the fabric.
- If your are right-handed, work from right to left, if you are left-handed, work from left to right.
- Lift your needle so it is still as close to the fabric as you can and insert it again about 5mm to the side. Use your tool like you would use a pen, with the flat side always against the fabric so you don’t punch back into your wool.
- That is your first stitch. If you look on the other side of your work, you will se the first loops starting.
- As you are punching, regularly check that your fabric is still as tight in the hoop, as it is that tension that allows the loops to stay in the fabric.
Making the Bunting:
- Trace a triangle shape around the design you just punched and cut it out.
- Use a brush to cover the edges of the fabric with PVA glue, this will stop the fabric from fraying.
- Using some bias binding and high tack glue, glue the top of your first triangle inside the bias binding and fold it over. That way you get a nice straight line.