This week, our Stitching Around The World month brings us to Russia! Or specifically, to punch needle embroidery. I'd never even heard of this type of embroidery before this week, but my stitching fingers are absolutely itching to try it out now!
Russian Punch needle embroidery is somewhat like an odd cross between embroidery and rug making. Working from the back of your fabric with a special 'punch needle', this type of embroidery creates teeny little loops along the front of your fabric, almost like the texture of a thick terrycloth towel. What a wonderful way to create texture in your embroidery! (The back of your stitches, which you see in front of you as you work, look almost like a simple backstitch.)
Below, Flickr user Fran Bustamante has used Russian punch needle embroidery to wonderful effect, playing with the different textures the front and back of these stitches create.
Isn't that wonderful?! If you'd like to know more about how this special embroidery is done, visit Nordic Needle's overview of the technique. And if you've ever done any Russian punch needle embroidery, tell us about it - I'm definitely intrigued!
What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!