Oxford Punch needle that Arounna of Bookhou uses in her workshops and punch needle projects.
Image used by kind courtesy of Bookhou.Punch Needle with Box, Handbook, and Stitch Gauge.
Each tool is made by hand by Amy Oxford.These are the 10 regular and 14 mini size.
The Oxford Punch Needle is a revolution in rug hooking!
The Oxford Punch Needle is a joy to use! Punch needle rug hooking is easy to learn, allows limitless creativity, and works up so quickly that it’s been described as, “Instant gratification with wool!” Here’s why our punch needles are so highly valued by our customers:
- Make Quality Hooked Rugs With the Punch Needle Method of Rug Hooking
- Ergonomically Designed for Comfort and Speed
- Maple Handle
- Electro Polished Stainless Steel Needle
- Lifetime Money Back Guarantee
- Designed by Punch Needle Expert Amy Oxford
- Works Beautifully With Many Different Weights and Varieties of Yarn
- Excellent for Use With Yarn, Cut Strips of Wool and Other Fabrics
First: choose the width needle you want. This will determine what materials you use in your punch. Choose from two widths: regular and fine:
Regular The regular needle can be used with heavy 3-ply rug yarn and bulky weight knitting yarn. You can also double, triple, and quadruple finer yarns and thread them together through the punch needle at the same time. ¼” wide strip of fabric also work beautifully in the regular needle. (1/4” wide strips are the same as 8/32” strips thus, these are known as #8 cut in the rug hooking world).
The fine needle can be used with worsted weight, sock weight, baby weight,sport weight, tapestry, and needlepoint yarns. Narrow strips of fabric can also be used. We suggest 3/32” wide strips (known as #3 cut in the rug hooking world.)
About “The Mini” - #14 Fine
“The Mini” forms beautiful short, compact loops that look similar to needlepoint. It makes beautiful rugs and is also great for small items such as coasters, holiday ornaments, glasses cases, etc. Like all of our needles with fine points, it works well with worsted, sport, sock, and baby weight yarns. Try tapestry or needlepoint yarns in it as well or #3 cut strips of fabric.
To get the look of traditional hooked rugs use a #10 regular with ¼” wide (8 cut) strips of wool fabric.
By using strips of wool fabric in the punch needle, you can get the look of traditional, primitive hooked rugs in a fraction of the time it would take using a rug hook. The Oxford Punch Needle may be used with any traditional hooked rug patterns that are on monk's cloth, linen, or rug warp. Burlap is not recommended. Keep in mind that the punch needle is used on the back side of the piece so any lettering on the pattern must be backwards (a mirror image).
Please note that #6 cut strips (6/32”) also work well in the #10 regular Oxford Punch Needle. Many punchers prefer working with the #6 cut strips because they make your rug look traditionally hooked but they feed more easily through the punch than #8 cut strips.