How To Use Masha's Punch Embroidery Needle

How to Begin

1
After transferring pattern to fabric, stretch design over inner hoop. Make sure fabric is kept tight like a drum.                

Needle and Hoop

2
Hold needle with index, middle fingers and thumb.
3
Rest wrist on top of hoop and hold hoop with other hand, making sure thumb is on top.  

Positioning Needle

4
Face the front of the needle in intended direction and keep in a vertical position.  
5
Punch needle all the way in so the handle of the needle touches the fabric. The needle must be pushed all the way in on each stitch to make an even pile.  
6
Lift needle out of fabric, just enough to move to next stitch. You must keep the needle as close to the material as possible. Lifting the needle too high shortens the loops on the front of the design and creates unwanted loops on the back.                         

Stitches

7
Keep stitches close together and work in rows.
8
Make sure the thread running through the needle is kept loose.
9
The stitches must be close enough together for the loops to cover the material on the display side.  

End Stitching

10
To end stitching, hold last stitch with finger.
11
Gently lift needle out of fabric and cut thread close
to the material.
                      
12
Trim uneven loops and loose ends on the front of the design so they are level with the rest of the pile.