My first love, my favourite and my go to Punch Needle are the Oxford Punch Needle. If you appreciate a beautifully made, handcrafted tool, well this is the needle for you. They are beautifully made, easy to punch with, simple to thread and fit into your hand snugly, so very comfortable to work with. They are definitely worth the investment.
- Ergonomically designed for comfort and speed
- Maple handle
- Electro polished stainless steel needle
- Lifetime money back guarantee
- For use with yarn, cut strips of wool and other fabrics
- Designed by Amy Oxford
Boxed needles are available with a decorative box which includes your needle, a stitch gauge, a 28 page booklet called “The Oxford Punch Needle Handbook – Helpful hints for Rug Hookers” by Amy Oxford. This book goes through transferring your design, frames to use, how to punch, how to hem and care for your rug.
Which is the right Oxford Punch Needle for me?
The Oxford Punch Needle has 5 different sizes and comes in Regular or Fine needle. When it comes to choosing your needle, you need to decide:
Firstly, what type of yarn are you going to use?
This will decide whether you would like a regular or fine needle. Regular needles can be used with chunky, super chunky yarns, 3 ply yarns or it allows for the combination of numerous threads of finer yarns and novelty yarns. The fine needle as the name suggests can be just for finer work (not embroidery punch needle fine) and can be used with double knitting, aran, sock weight yarn. Anything that can move freely through the channel of the punch needle you can punch with so you can create really wonderful textures by using novelty yarns or a mix of yarns.
Secondly, you need to decide how long to you want your loops to be:
#8 Regular & Fine – ½” Loops
#9 Regular & Fine – 3/8” loops
#10 Regular and Fine – ¼” loops
#13 Fine – 3/16” loops
# 14 Fine – 1/8” loops
I currently stock the #10 Regular and Fine as they are the most versatile and the #14 Fine as 1/8” loops are lovely to work with and using both the #10 and #14 together gives lovely texture.
The length of the needle is 123mm and the internal diameter of the needle is 4.5mm, exterior diameter is 5.5mm so it is possible to punch with wool up to 3.5mm. The adjustable punch needle is sold with a wire threader. To change heights of your loops you simply twist the needle, slide to the desired slot / height and twist to click back into place.
It’s is affordable option so everybody can create or try it out punch needle! Instructions will be provided on how to use the needle.