When you’re first starting out with punch needle, knowing what supplies you need is crazy overwhelming.
There are all kinds of different punch needles, foundation fabrics, yarns, and fibers. In the beginning, it’s best to keep it simple.
I ended up buying mismatched punch needles and foundation fabrics when I first started out. Plus, I didn’t have a clue about which size or type of yarn I’d need.
For such a relaxing craft, it can be super stressful to get started!!
It took me a bit of trial and error to get things figured out, but once I found the right supplies I fell in love with punch needle!
I don’t want you to have to go through all that mess, so I made you this list of my favorite high quality, frustration-free punch needle supplies.
But wait, there’s more! (Sorry, I just had to say that)
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Must-Have, High-Quality Punch Needle Supplies
One of the most important punch needle supplies you need is, well, a punch needle!
If you’re new to the craft, you need to know that there are two different types of punch needle. Large rug punch needles and embroidery punch needles.
I’ll start with the large ones and then move on to the embroidery ones. Let’s go!
Large Punch Needles
The Oxford punch needles are some of the most popular you’ll find.
They’re made of good quality wood and stainless steel, plus they have a handy slot in the side for your yarn. No threading required!
The Oxfords come in two types, regular and fine.
The regular is for bulky yarn or two or more strands of worsted/aran weight yarn. It comes in three sizes, #8, #9, and #10. The higher the number, the shorter the stitch height.
The fine is for one strand of worsted weight/aran yarn or a few strands of finer weight yarn. It comes in five sizes, #8, #9, #10, #13, and #14.
Both types work best with Monk’s cloth or another similar type of fabric. Check out this post for more info about which fabric works with which punch needle!
The SKC punch needle isn’t near the quality of the Oxfords, but it works pretty well.
It’s made of plastic and has four adjustable loop height settings.
The SKC works best with worsted weight or bulky yarn. It doesn’t handle quite as bulky of yarn as the Oxford regular, but it’s close.
There’s also a Lion Brand punch needle that looks very much like the SKC, I suspect its the same thing but with a Lion Brand logo on it.
I only have the SKC version so I can’t confirm that, but I’m like 99% sure they’re the same.
Wood Handled Adjustable Punch Needle
The wooden adjustable punch needle used to be one I recommended (it was my first punch needle, after all) but unfortunately it has gone down in quality.
My favorite punch needle shop no longer stocks it because of this.
The good news is the owner of that shop is working on a new kind of punch needle that will take the place of the old adjustable in her inventory, and it’s going to be awesome!
I’ll add it to the list as soon as it comes available, but you can sign up for updates and notifications about its progress on her site.
Embroidery Punch Needles
The Ultra Punch is awesome and very popular.
It comes with three needle sizes (small, medium, and large) and has 12 stitch heights.
It’s shaped like a large pen or marker, so it’s really easy to hold and won’t make your hand cramp.
The Ultra Punch is a favorite among punch needle embroiderers, you can’t go wrong with it!
The Lavor punch needle also comes with three needle sizes and you can adjust the stitch height.
To adjust it, you loosen the little screw on the side, move the needle to the length you want, and then tighten it.
It’s not quite as fool-proof as the Ultra Punch because of that, but it is a good little punch needle.
I have one of these as well as the Ultra Punch and I enjoy using them both.
The large Lavor needle can take larger yarn than the large Ultra Punch needle, and the tips of the Lavor needles are blunter, so I feel like its worth it to have both kinds.
(Of course, I’m a craft supply hoarder, so that’s probably part of it ?.)
The CTR punch needles come in three types: 1 strand (works with one strand of embroidery floss, shown in photo above), 3 strand (works with two or three strands of embroidery floss), and 6 strand (works with four, five, or six strands of embroidery floss).
They’re made in the USA and are really good quality.
These punch needles are really small, but you can use a pencil grip to make it easier to hold.
Embroidery Hoops & Frames
Ok, we covered punch needles. Now it’s time to move onto embroidery hoops and frames!
You can’t use just any old embroidery hoop for punch needle. The fabric has to be held drum tight.
Here are my favorite options for punch needle hoops & frames.
Morgan No-Slip Hoops are great for punch needle because they hold your foundation fabric in super tight.
They have a locking-lip design and a super heavy duty wing-nut to tighten it all down.
These hoops come in several sizes and they’re one of my all-time favs.
Nurge Embroidery Hoops (for display)
Nurge embroidery hoops are beautiful and I recommend them for displaying your finished punch needle pieces.
You probably don’t want to use these to punch your design. I have in the past and it’s just a frustrating situation.
What I do is punch my design in a Morgan No-Slip and then transfer it over to a Nurge hoop for display. They’re so fancy looking!
Gripper Frames make punch needle a breeze!
You don’t have to worry about your fabric getting loose in your frame AT ALL with one of these awesome contraptions.
You can buy an assembled version, or if you want you can DIY it!
Check out this tutorial where I’ll show you how to make your own gripper frame. The one shown above is my DIY version (and I love it!)
Q-Snap Frames are made of PVC and hold the fabric with C-shaped clamps that snap down onto the frame.
One handy thing about these frame is they can be completely taken apart, so they’re a great option to take on the go.
These frame work best with thicker fabric like Monk’s cloth. Weaver’s cloth and other thin fabrics don’t stay tight enough without wrapping the frame in fabric strips, yarn or tape.
The type of foundation fabric you use will depend on which punch needle you’re using and what your finished product will be.
I wrote a whole post all about the best foundation fabrics, and there’s even a free cheat sheet showing which fabric goes with which punch needle.
Yarn & Floss
When it comes to embroidery floss, I mostly use DMC 6-strand. It’s good quality and comes in so many gorgeous shades.
I can just run over to my local Michael’s and go hog wild picking out colors!
As for yarn, I love big bulky wool yarn for punch needle, and regular worsted weight, and cotton yarn… I’m a yarn addict.
Here are some of my favorites at the moment, these all work swimmingly with the Oxford Regular:
I hope this list of punch needle supplies gets you started off right in your punch needling quest.
It’s such a fun and relaxing hobby! Having the proper tools makes it way more enjoyable and takes away the frustration.
In just an hour or two, you can create a beautiful piece of art for your home.
Quick wins are awesome when you’re short on time!
What’s your favorite punch needle must-have? Let us know in the comments!
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