Wednesday, December 30, 2009


My daughter and I went to a craft shop in Atlanta(US) and were in the embroidery section to see what was new.My daughter saw a punch needle and asked me if I knew anything about it.Since I already have a couple of needles with me, I told her about the project I had tried recently.She wanted to try  and so we ended up buying the punch needle set.
Reaching home, I showed her how to do it. The outcome looked and felt like a turkey towel finish.
We really got fired up and looked up on the net for some assistance or some tutorial on doing this.
Thats when we found out about Japanese Punch Embroidery also known as Bunka. The tutorial that I watched was so good that I wanted to try it on my own. Before that I knew I had to do more research. My daughter and I spent several hours (no exaggeration at all) on the internet and found couple of good links and got a slight idea about how this worked.
See the video and pictures below to understand this.

Bunka requires a special unravelling thread and done on a thick (slightly ealstic) fabric to work with. It is a form of needle painting and it literally looks and feels like it. It also resembles long and short stitches.

What you are seeing is our maiden attempt, not perfect though, but definitely satisfying.

My daughter and I are now in love with this Bunka embroidery and for a change my daughter is actually enjoying doing something with threads and needles.


Lakshmi said...

This is mind blowing.. i tried with wool but cudn't succeeded..:0
I find one answe to DD stitch by rosallie in BE yahoo group.since I dont know ur mail id posting here. se if it is any help to u

A double cast-on drizzle is just like a regular drizzle EXCEPT: Thread TWO strands of floss or Candlelight and knot each end and thread both into a darner. Come up from your fabric with thread and unthread needle. (The knots are on the bottom of the fabric; the floss is on top)
Now poke the needle through the fabric and into a pincushion, just like you would for a regular drizzle except you have TWO threads to work with instead of one.
Begin casting on. First with the left thread (like for a regular rizzle), then cast on with the right0side thread. Alternate casting on with left then right-side floss.

For a fat top on your icicle, use two darners and change back to one (original instructions) . If you want it to be really dimensional, make 3 double drizzles on a triangle base (see original instructions) and finish.

Haven't you ever made a double cast-on? This is the same except that it's a drizzle. By the way (handy dandy hint coming here ... double cast-ons and double cast-on drizzles are VERY easy if you use TWO strands of floss -- you won't get kinks!)

Experiment with counts until you get the length and shape you want. Use your doodle cloth and write down what you do. You could try silver metallic DMC, just one strand for tiny icicles.

Glass Beads said...

The peacock feather was fabulous. that one piece itself speaks volumes of your talent. I am happy now you have a blog and can see more of your work.
Wishing you a very happy new year.

uma said...

hi,i am uma from bangalore,i saw ur blog it is very good and superb.

Mahalakshmi said...

Thank you Uma for your nice words