Punch-Needle Craft

Ryland Peters & Small. Sept. 2023. 128p. ISBN 9781800652101. pap. $19.99. CRAFTS
Youngs (Creative Book Art), a graphic designer and illustrator, focuses here on punch-needle embroidery, which uses yarn or embroidery thread to “punch” through the fabric to create loops that form designs. This book includes 30 projects ranging from simple to complex, great for both beginners and experienced readers. Youngs gives clear guidance on choosing threads, yarns, needles, and base fabrics. Templates with instructions for resizing and applying decorative touches are included as well. There are also plenty of ideas for turning projects into practical, functional pieces, but some readers may want more tips on how to avoid snagging or damaging their creations.
VERDICT A practical guide for getting started with punch-needling and a good choice for libraries looking to expand their crafting collection.
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