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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flap on back containing fold-out pattern sheet.
  • Publication: 21 January 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219026
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 152
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £12.99
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The Art of Punch Needle Embroidery


by Marie Suarez

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Book Description

Create stunning 'embroidered' designs with yarns, threads, fabric and more without needing to learn dozens of stitches!

Punch needle embroidery is similar to rug hooking, and involves punching threads into fabric using a tool to form raised, decorative loops. It is a technique that is easy to grasp in very little time.

A traditional technique that came out of the US in the 19th century, punch needle has been revitalized and is appealing to many textile enthusiasts as it's not only simple to pick up but incredibly fun!

With internationally renowned, expert embroiderer Marie Suarez, learn and discover the delights of punch needle embroidery in this gorgeous practical book. Starting with the key materials and equipment you'll need, as well as the basic punch-needle stitches and techniques, go straight into making 20 creative and original projects including flower-adorned pillows, pretty wall hangings and stylish bags!

All the projects are accompanied by beautiful photographs, diagrams to help you work out what to stitch first, and templates for you to trace off for quick-and-easy needle punching.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Resources & supplies 3
Equipment 4
Techniques 12

Pretty Tote 26, Welcome Sign 30, Animal Hoop Art 34, Little Sheep 36, La Petite Souris 38, Greedy Cat 40, Goldfish Sponge 42, Hanging Heart 46, Pillows 50, Wild rose 52, Gathered Flowers 54, Flowers of Joy 56, The House by the Tree 60, 'Merci' Sign 64, Blossom Purse 68, Little Lamb bag 72, Umbrella Pine Tree 76, Little Treasures 80, Petite Purse 82, Miniatures 82, Circles of Nature 84, Bluebird 86, Ladybird 88, Exotic Flowers 90, Love 92

About the Author

About Marie Suarez

While working as a nurse, Marie Suarez spent her free time embroidering, a passion she’d had since childhood. Eventually she made a life-changing decision and gave up nursing to turn her passion into a job. 

Self-taught, she spent time rigorously studying the works and techniques of other embroiderers, as well as visiting museums, exhibitions and conferences on embroidery, in order to improve her skills. She has since received the title of Master Embroiderer and is one of Europe’s best-selling embroidery authors, with 28 books under her belt. 

When she’s not writing or creating commissioned work, she shares her techniques and thoughts via her blog, www.suarezmarie.canalblog.com, or sells her designs through her website, www.mariesuarez.com.

Marie lives in Beersel, Brabant in Belgium.



Really pleased with this book as it goes into detail about the equipment needed, materials and stitches and has great pictures for reference. There are some lovely projects in the book with full instructions and templates for all skill levels. Im looking forward to getting started!

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Customer Review

 As with many kits, the instructions are quite brief so I thought a book would help. I went for a Search Press book because they are always good quality. The book starts off with information on the materials recommended including the fabric and how it should be secured in a hoop, the threads, how to use the punch needle and needle threader and it goes through a tutorial of how to use the various stitches and how to create and fill in shapes. It then has several complete instructions for several projects including wall decorations, signs, bags (including a delightful sheep bag) and cushions. The designs are very contemporary and attractive and the templates are tucked in a flap at the back of the book. The photographs are very clear and attractive. 

Colleen Pearson
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Customer Review

Fantastic book filled with informative descriptions of all equipment and techniques needed to successfully sew beautiful projects. I love the designs inside the book and the suggested ideas for the practical uses of your project. I cannot wait to gather the equipment needed to do my first project. My only fault is that I cannot find supplies of the suggested size needles in the book anywhere on the internet to buy so starting out will be trial and error to match the suggested size.

Sew Magazine

If you're looking to learn a new skill this spring, internationally renowned expert Marie Suarez is here to help. Master the delights of punch needling and create gorgeous embroidery-inspired designs, with projects including flower-adorned pillows, pretty wall handings and stylish bags. Textile enthusiasts of all ages can grasp the technique in no time at all, so grab your yarn and start punching!



Punch needle embroidery has been around for hundreds of years, though its popularity has waxed and waned over time. Here, Suarez, one of the current experts in this medium, provides an overview of all the commonly used materials and techniques as well as patterns for 15 projects. Answers to frequently asked questions are interspersed throughout in the form of highlighted tips, and photo examples are provided for all of the materials referenced. The projects are graded into three levels of difficulty. Each pattern includes a list of materials, directions for embroidery preparation, and assembly instructions, along with an actual-size template, a diagram showing the order of working, and a color photo of the completed project. The projects are mostly for decorative items, though several, such as bags and purses, also have utility. The information about materials and techniques is likely to be useful as a reference for anyone who makes punch needle embroidery a pursuit. The color schemes and feel here fit right in with the current cottagecore trend.

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