Whether you thread your punch needle with yarn or embroidery floss, you’ll need a dependable foundation cloth. Because this fiber art, as its name suggests, relies on the repetition of a relatively vigorous gesture, it’s crucial that this cloth is durable, capable of maintaining its weave with every punch. You can use a variety of fabrics, from monk’s cloth—the most popular choice for traditional punch needle rug hooking—to traditional linen, but the weave tightness should be appropriate for the thickness of your punch needle (which corresponds to your thread size). Choosing the wrong backing can result in loops that inadvertently fall out or messily bunched designs. Our picks below will help guide your search.
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