OXFORD PUNCH NEEDLE
The punch needle tool I use is the Oxford Punch Needle and, in my opinion, it is the “Rolls Royce” of punch needles. It was designed in 1995, by Amy Oxford, a well known rug hooker from Vermont, USA. (for more information please read “Birth of a Punch Needle” — https://amyoxford.com/pages/birth-of-a-punch-needle). Because of the design and functionality, the loops created by the Oxford Punch Needle are more consistent and even than other punch needles which makes it easier to use.
Reasons the Oxford Punch Needle is valued and loved
- Ergonomically Designed for Comfort and Speed
- Maple Handle
- Electro Polished Stainless Steel Needle
- Lifetime Money Back Guarantee
- Designed by Punch Needle Expert Amy Oxford
- Works Beautifully With Many Different Weights and Varieties of Yarn
- Make Quality Hooked Rugs With the Punch Needle Method of Rug Hooking
- Excellent for Use With Yarn, Cut Strips of Wool and Other Fabrics
- Made in the USA
The Oxford Punch comes in two different widths (Regular and Fine) and 8 different sizes listed below.
- #8 (1/2″ loop) regular
- #8 (1/2″ loop) fine
- #9 (3/8″ loop) regular
- #9 (3/8″ loop) fine
- #10 (1/4″ loop) regular
- #10 (1/4″ loop) fine
- #14 “The Mini” (1/8″ loop) fine only
- #13 “The Mini With Heels” (3/16″ loop) – fine only
Regular -The regular needle can be used with chunky 3-ply rug yarn and bulky weight knitting yarn. You can also double, triple, and quadruple finer yarns and thread them together through the punch needle at the same time. ¼” wide strip of fabric also work beautifully in the regular needle. (1/4” wide strips are the same as 8/32” strips, and these are known as a #8 cut in the rug hooking world).
Fine – The fine needle can be used with worsted weight, DK, Aran, tapestry, needlepoint yarns, and some chunky yarns that are not too bulky. Narrow strips of fabric can also be used (3/32” strips, also known as a #3 cut in the rug hooking world).