Amy Oxford Punch Needle: how to choose yours!
We’ve let them finally land in Europe, by popular request: the punch needles from the US reference brand – Amy Oxford (who’s also the best-known punch needle teacher in the US) – and w have studied them very well, to give you all the information you may need, to select the most suitable punch needle for your project.
Selecting your punch needle might not be that simple, if you’re a beginner. In the instance of Amy Oxford punch needles, the numbers 8, 9, 10, 13 and 14 refer to the length of the needle (that’s not adjustable in these needles) and not to their “diameter” in millimeters: the length of each single needle corresponds to the “height” of each single loop that’s going to be made with that needle.
Also, the higher is the number, the lower is the length of the needle and of the loop, so the punch needle size 8 is the longest one, while the 14 is the shortest. And here below, you can find out how tall is the loop you can make with them, following their number:
- 8: 12.7 mm
- 9: 9.5 mm
- 10: 6.3 mm
- 13: 4.8 mm
- 14: 3.2 mm
You can find all these sizes at Casa Cenina, with 8, 9 and 10 divided into “Regular” and “Fine” and 13 and 14 called “Mini Heels” and “Mini”. So, how to select yours? Choose according to the fiber you’re going to use for your project: the Regular point needles work well with bulky/rug yarns and fibers that is up to 1/4 inch thick and for projects like carpets, for example. While the Fine point needles are suitable for thinner yarns and fibers, up to 1/8 inch thick. Of course, following what’s already been mentioned above, “Regular” e “Fine” will not give different-height loops: if you go with size 8, for example, your loops will be 12.7 mm high, no matter if you go with the 8 Regular or the 8 Fine.
As for the 13 Mini Heels and the 14 Mini punch needles, Amy created the 14 Mini as her very first needle and this creates a 3.2 mm (1/8 inch) tall loop, hence why it’s called “the mini”. It’s the perfect punch needle if you want textiles with fine detail. The #13 fine was then released, with a slightly taller (4.8 mm, i.e. 3/16 inch) loop and Amy joked and said that it was like the #14 fine, but put on a pair of high heels because it was just slightly taller, hence the “mini with heels”.
Now, you should have all the information needed to select your punch needle! But if you don’t feel ready, yet, no problem, for we’re always ready to answer any question.
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