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Punch Needle in a Painterly Style Punch Needle with Floss Workshop


Needle-Punch-sketchMichelle Palmer  Palmyra, New York

Dates:  1 day – Saturday, August 19, 2023
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $130.00 / Sauder Village Member $120.00   
Supply Fee:  See below
Location: Heritage Inn – Homestead A
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This is a punch needle workshop using DMC embroidery floss. The focus will be on exploring the use of highlights and shadows while discovering the importance of negative space and atmosphere. Students will also learn to build contrast with color and texture that will support the main subject.

Michelle will demonstrate techniques using the Ultra Punch tool. The tool has 3 interchangeable needle sizes and ease for setting loop length. You can use the medium needle for 6 strands of DMC floss or the small needle for 3 strands of DMC floss, in this workshop.

The more comfortable you are with your tool and floss - the easier it is to experiment with fine lines and small details. Once comfortable, you can accomplish anything!  For the workshop project, students will select one of the more than 145 colorful and wonderful patterns Michelle has designed. (See Supply Description below.)

Please note: this is a punch needle with embroidery floss workshop, not to be confused with a rug hooking with a hook & wool, or a punch needle/punch hooking with yarn.

Come join Michelle and learn how to use your punch needle like a paint brush, to create a “Painterly Style” to your punch needle work!

Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

Level:  Basic to Intermediate skills – students must have basic to good needle punch knowledge & experience.       

Supply description:  Michelle Palmer pattern: Paper pattern including pattern drawn on weavers cloth. (Patterns, over 145 to choose from, will be purchased and shipped 2-3 weeks prior to the class allowing time for the students to familiarize themselves with the pattern.) List of embroidery floss colors needed to complete your pattern & resource list of places to purchase floss, punch needle tool, threader, & embroidery hoop/stretcher frame.    

Students Need to Bring:  Their pre-purchased patterns, weavers cloth with traced pattern, floss required, punch needle tool (such as the Ultra Punch brand) for embroidery floss with medium (using 6 strands) or small needle (using 3 strands), medium or small size punch needle threader, small scale scissors (with curved blades), and locking embroidery hoop or stretcher frame.   



Michelle Palmer has illustrated in watercolor for over thirty-five years. She has translated hundreds of her paintings and ink illustrations into punch needle and rug hooking designs. Her love for designing with fibers began in 2005. Michelle wanted to bring her illustrated characters to life for her children through needle felting with wool roving. Needle felting quickly expanded to punch needle, with embroidery floss, where she could continue to design functional art. In 2017, her passion for rug hooking began.

Michelle’s works in fiber have a painterly quality. She doesn’t stop painting when she sets her paintbrush down for the day. Her teaching focuses on the use of color, light and atmosphere along with the importance of negative space to define and support the main subject. Michelle’s workshops are filled with practical techniques in a relaxed, light-hearted, atmosphere.

You can find Michelle’s patterns and writings in Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher magazine, Rug Hooking magazine and through her Etsy shop. Her licensed designs are available on fabric collections, calendars, greeting cards, garden flags and other home décor and gift items. Michelle is a member of the Rug Hookers of the Finger Lakes and The Chosen Spot Rug Hookers.


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