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.