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Learn How to Use Punch Needle Embroidery to Make DIY Art

by Faith Provencher
Learn How to Use Punch Needle Embroidery to Make DIY Art
Photo:  Faith Towers Provencher

If you love crafting (and I'm guessing you do, if you're looking at Curbly right now!) then perhaps you've heard of an embroidery tool called a punch needle. I hadn't heard of it until recently, but I'm now a convert. It produces a raised texture using small loops, and it goes quite quickly thanks to the ingenious design of the needle. Today I'm sharing what I've learned about punch needle embroidery so you can get started with this fun needle art process!   

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Customize Your Beanie Hat in Under 20 Minutes

by M.E. Gray

How to add quick detail to a beanie cap with embroidery

I was in high school when I was first drawn to embroidering. I wasn't inspired by traditional embroidering, like a well-phrased cross-stitch pattern or a picturesque embroidered landscape. It was doodling with thread that got me hooked. I started by stitching random shapes and designs into my favorite pair of jeans, adding new accents at random. But, I stitched them in a way that only made me happy. By that I mean, if I looked down at my pants, all the shapes were right-side up. So if someone were to look at me, they would see a bunch of upside-down rainbows and clouds and random words and a girl who was very proud of her creativity. I'm positive it looked insane, but I still think embroidering your clothes is a good idea. Today we're going to start small and look at an embroidered beanie, so don't worry - your jeans are safe.       

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Make an Embroidered Scarf for Fall

by Holly Wade

Make an Embroidered Scarf for Fall

I can feel the fall weather approaching, which means it's almost time for scarves, blankets and all things pumpkin spiced! Rather than buying new clothing I don't need this season, I've been looking for ways to revamp the clothes I already have to make them feel like new. I've had a light green scarf for years, and it turned out to be the perfect piece for making this DIY embroidered scarf with a hand-drawn wind pattern along the edges. 

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DIY This: How To Make Super Sweet Ice Cream Patches

by M.E. Gray

DIY custom patches with a sweet twist - they're all about ice cream!

I scream, you scream, what's the deal with all this screaming? July is National Ice Cream month, which is just perfect because the temperatures keep rising. A hot day is the perfect excuse for an icy scoop or two. To celebrate my love for all things tasty and sweet, I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve. Or rather, I'm wearing it on my denim vest. Here are three ways to create custom patches, all of which are ice cream themed.  

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Make Quick, Easy Embroidered Wall Art With This Secret Weapon: The Punch Needle!

by M.E. Gray

How to embroidery easy wall art using our new favorite tool!

I've been crafting for a fairly long time (I won't say how long because I don't want to date myself). In all my years of making stuff I can't believe it took me this long to discover the embroidery tool I'm using to create this easy wall art. I first stumbled across this technique on social media. Someone had posted a "Work in Progress" video, and they were causally punching away at some fabric, creating embroidered lines at breakneck speed. After some internet searching, I was able to locate what is currently my favorite tool: Everyone, meet the punch needle.

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Ultimate Thanksgiving: Seriously Awesome Centerpiece Ideas

by Alicia Lacy

Ultimate Thanksgiving: Seriously Awesome Centerpiece Ideas

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the food, the people, the chill in the air, the song "Over the River and Through the Woods", and the sentiment. There are few things more wonderful than gathering around a table to share a meal with your favorite people in the world. 

Because the dining room table is a focal point for the holiday, I've been thinking a lot about how to dress it up. Below is a collection of inspirations for the...

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Secondhand Chic: Turning a Backgammon Game into the Most Awesome Pencil Box Ever.

by DIY Maven

Secondhand Chic: Turning a Backgammon Game into the Most Awesome Pencil Box Ever.

So one of the five projects I contributed to Make It! Secondhand Chic is an embroidered boxes how-to, which includes two of my original embroidery patterns. I purchased the wooden 7 1/2" x 11 3/4" backgammon set pictured above to include in the tutorial, but my idea of turning it into a pencil box didn't really fall into the how-to's category, which was 'The Bathroom', unless, of course, you're in the habit of sketching in the tub. But I digress. Here's what I did to make it the most awesome pencil box ever:

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All The Young (Crafting) Dudes

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

All The Young (Crafting) Dudes

Image: Dudecraft

The fast moving clan of dude crafters may be seen as brave trailblazers in the current craft movement. However, few probably remember that Rosie Grier, a member of the original Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams, was an avid hobbyist who focused his crafting passions on macrame and needlepoint, authoring Rosie Grier's Needlpoint for Men in 1973. Over 35 years later there's a new breed of dudes who are crafting and stitching and making waves in the otherwise girly craft blogosphere. Who are these dudes?

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Toile Graffiti

by DIY Maven

The toile of 18th century France has been pulled by its ear into the 21st century by Historically Inaccurate Decorative Arts. The design firm uses ‘traditional stitching techniques in modern ways, thematically hearkening back to historical styles such as maritime crochet or cross-stitch samplers but substituting contemporary iconography in place of the original design element.’ Case in point: Farmers being visited by a UFO....

Toile Graffiti

or a courting...

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How to Make an Embroidery Hoop Cork Board

by DIY Maven

How to Make an Embroidery Hoop Cork Board

Turning a lowly wooden embroidery hoop into a cute cork board couldn’t be easier. Not with Sweet Jessie’s tutorial, anyway.

Stuff you’ll need:

  • 1 wooden embroidery hoop
  • cork board a pencil
  • sharp craft knife or drywall saw
  • upholstery-weight fabric
  • picture-hanger with teeth and a nail
  • hammer
  • staple gun
  • glue gun and glue sticks


Stuff you’ll do:

Head on over to Sweet Jessie for a sweet how-to. Via Casa Sugar.

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