Monday, January 23, 2012

Threading the Needle

For those of you who don't use a punchneedle, let me introduce you to the 'dreaded' threader!  This contraption is used to thread the punchneedle.  First step is to insert the threader through the length of the punchneedle.  Next step is to put a length of thread through the end of the threader and pull it back through the punchneedle.  Once that is done the threader is used to thread the needle by pulling the thread through the eye of the needle.

The threader is made from incredibly thin wire - and therein lies the rub!  The wire tends to bend, to curve, to become totally useless after a certain amount of use.  I have discovered that using the thicker thread that I'm using for my current work makes a needle threader buckle under the pressure.

Anyone who 'punches' will agree that the most interruptive part of the job is threading the needle.  I purposely cut very long lengths of thread -- of course then I often have the problem of the thread tangling but nothing is perfect *smile*.

I have just received 12 threaders -- hopefully that will last me for awhile...

"Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion.  I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward." - Kurt Vonnegut


  1. Looks like it requires a lot of patience!

  2. Shudder. I've tried sewing-needle threaders in the past, and they disintegrate in no time at all!
    Can you not use the previous thread to pull the next through?

  3. Looks crazy! After seeing your blog I'd love to try it some day!
    Got your cards mailed today. :0)

  4. I love to learn additional reasons why I must appreciate your art form even more than I already do...that threader looks {{{ wicked }}}

    We all have our crosses/threaders to bare, it seems ;>}

  5. thanks for showing us..looks interestingx



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