I am sure you have heard of punch needle art by now but if not today is your lucky day! Arounna, of Bookhou, is our special guest to talk about punch needles and her creativebug class on the technique. This is a great alternative way to use your yarn stash to create beautiful wall hangings, pillows and more. Join me LIVE on the Marly Bird YouTube channel or watch the replay later.
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Arounna Khounnoraj is a Canadian artist and maker working in Toronto where she immigrated with her family from Laos at the age of four. While her education includes a master’s degree in fine arts in sculpture and ceramics, it was through subsequent residencies that she found her current focus in fibre arts. In 2002 she started bookhou, a multi-disciplinary studio with her husband John Booth, where Arounna explores screen printing and a variety of textile techniques such as embroidery and punch needle. She creates objects such as bags, home goods and textile art.
In addition, Arounna’s passion for creating and belief in the importance of the handmade has allowed her to become one of Canada’s most sought-after mentors and educators working with colleges, workshops and social media projects.
Currently, Arounna’s work using the punch needle has created a social media sensation. From wall art to cushions and bags, her punch needle pieces highlight her botanical and abstract designs and her sense of color have brought a modern, new life to an old technique.
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Loved the podcast on Punch Needle. Thanks for another great one. Another thing to try on my bucket list.
Carri Benson says
Arrouna does beautiful punch needle work. I like how you can make it different heights.
Rebecca Ann Johnson says
I would love to learn this technique,of punch needle. It looks really neat. Thanks
Susan Izbiansky says
Due to technical issues on my side I was unable to watch your live broad cast. I recently purchased a punch needle kit and was trying to figure out how to use it when I saw the announcement of your guest speaker. I enjoyed hearing about the punch needles thank you both.
Diane Ward says
Oh, what was that key word hmmm? Punch bowl? Punch buggy? Punch and Judy? I got it… Punch needle!! So going to do this 🙂
RaeAnn Rees says
Omg! I’m so excited this is the first time I’ve actually been able to leave a comment!!!!
Terasee Morris (Inspiration - Imagination) says
This podcast was soooo interesting. the punch needle craft is another hobby that I would like to try. Thank you so much for finding such awesome guests. Terasee
Vickie Akers says
This is the first time I’ve seen your podcast and I really enjoyed learning about punch needle art and how it can be used. Thanks!
Donna Miller says
I have always wanted to see how punch needle was done. Thank you for having this art on your show.
Sandra P. says
I thought the little bag with punch needle art was so cute! She is very talented!
Debbie McKenzie says
Wow your podcast today made me want my very own punch needle. I would love to make a bag!
Christie Hardy says
Punch needle art by Arouuna! How fun! Would love to get started! Loved your videocast
Christiane Racette says
Thank you for featuring this lovely lady and her punch needle art. I love the look of punch needle and might try it someday, in particular in the primitive style.
Terasee Morris (Inspiration - Imagination) says
I loved the show today. I have done rug hooking before and embroidery but never punch needle. It was fascinating to watch. Another thing to put on the list of things to try Punch Needle Embroidery! So many things to do, So little time 🙂
Melanie Stallings says
Punch Needle art is so beautiful and fascinating!
Deb Stonebraker says
Punch needle looks so fun! I would love to win the bag!
Wow! It is very beautiful… want to buy a punch needle and do some appliqués for the clothes I knit/crochet/sew… really love it… Thank you!
Irma Hendricks says
PUNCHNEEDLE!! it was such an interesting show. I used to hook rugs but this looks like more fun and more creative. Hope you do a review on her book when it comes out. I would love to win the bag. My husband says why since I have so many bags….silly man. you can never have too many bags.
Araunna is a good guest speaker. She seemed happy to show us all about punch needle art. Wow I loved her case full of punch needles and the gripper frame. Thanks Marly I enjoyed your show today. You do good work.
Lyn Montes says
I very much enjoyed the Punch Needle segment with Arounna. She does some beautiful work. It was interesting to watch here fill in the circle. Thank you. Love the bag. PUNCH NEEDLE !!!!!
Rachel King says
PUNCH NEEDLE! This is quite a beautiful art form, and I love how she translates her watercolor paintings into punch needle patterns, I could see myself doing the same thing with my acrylic paintings. That purse she showed was inspiring!
Donna Frunzi says
Never heard of punch needle before but it kind of reminds me of my hook rugging days! Must try it. Thank you for another great, informative podcast Marly!
Apple Walton says
I think it would be great to use the punch needle for applique on sweaters and other projects.
Punch needle looks like my next yarn craft!
I’d like to try using punch needle art work on some sweatshirts where the original design has faded, or to cover a stain. I also have a huge stash of bits and pieces to get rid of.
I had never even heard of punch needle before this podcast! I can’t wait to go try it now!
Emily Doering says
Punch needle art is so beautiful! Thanks for another great guest Marly. I can’t wait to try this out one day and would definitely be great for using up my stash of half used yarn!
Missy Schmidt says
Great show! I loved learning about punch needle!
Agatha Timmons says
The punch needle technique is so interesting and different. Loved the podcast!
joyce hancock says
This was a great podcast. I will have to try punch needle someday. It looks like fun.
Bonnie C. says
Wow, this was an interesting episode! I have never heard of punch needle before! I am loving all these episodes about other fiber related crafts!
I’m seeing punch needle more and more lately. Guess I have another craft to add to my list to try!
Loved learning about punch needle. Have a pattern I have wanted to make for a while, but I thought I would have to make a thousand French knots, but now I can do it in punch needle. Thanks so much.
Mary Alice Helgesen says
I have been wanting to try punch needle art. Thank you for the inspiration! Now I will have to buy a punch needle.
Amanda White says
Thank you for bringing Arounna on the podcast. I’d been curious about punch needle and her artwork has inspired me! I’d love to give punch needle a try (as if I didn’t have enough hobbies already 🙂 )
Great podcast. Love the punch needle pieces.
Sarah Short says
I plan on the punch needle becoming my new obsession. I hope I win!
Karen Powell says
punch needle art is lovely, i have bought some needles at some thrift stores but have yet to try it , motivated now, great video
Punch needle looks like it would be a fun project.