Favorite Craft Websites

I do all kinds of crafts, but most of the things I do require things you can find at any craft store or lumberyard. The one thing I do a lot of and is very hard to find is punchneedle embroidery, which is a craft dating back to the colonial times and is similar in look to traditional looped rug  hooking but a whole lot easier. I also do this a lot in miniature form, and it’s still called punchneedle. The places listed below deal primarily in that craft.

Colonial Crafts is my preferred site for ordering any punch needle supplies and patterns, but that may be because they are pretty close, up in Sturbridge, MA, so I find that they ship really quickly and I get it fast. The impatient person that I am enjoys that. I find their site a little bit harder to negotiate, but if you’re patient you’ll find they have just as big a collection of supplies as colonial crafts. They are also very helpful if you call looking for help or advice.

Country Stitches is a really good site for punch needle patterns, supplies and other interesting craft items. They have a really good selection and their website is easy to negotiate.

Folk and Fiber has a really good assortment of patterns and supplies for rug hooking, punch needle and some original folk art items.

Rug Hooking with Cindi Gay has some interesting patterns primarily for traditional rug hooking but any pattern can be modified for use with wool yard punch needle.

Spruce Ridge Studios has a lovely variety of punch needle patterns for traditional large rug hooking or punch needle. Lots of choices and styles by a variety of artists.

Under the Rug has some innovative designs for traditional rug hooking. She’s got some stools an patterns that I am dying to try.

Wooly Walkers has some interesting hand felted items and punchneedle of a more modern variety than traditional punch needle patterns, which tend to be more primitive.