For anyone who is a Bernina software user, Designer Plus allows you to do needle punch. All you need is the needle punch accessory (which you can use with or without embroidery).
- Inset the needle punch needles in your needle holder in place of your regular needle.
- Change your stitch plate (there’s a special one for needle punch) and be sure to tell your machine that you made the change.
- Put on the correct needle punch foot. This not only helps to glide over roving and other wool or fabrics, but it also keep your fingers away from those needles. You’ll often want to hold the roving in place to keep your design intact.
- Completely remove your hook system, not just the bobbin. Take everything out, and close the bobbin door.
- Turn off your top and bottom thread sensors.
In the software, you literally just go to the Digitize toolbox, click on the PunchWork icon and digitize a shape. Any shape. And the software will generate one thread color to outline the shape, and then fill it with needle punch. It’s amazingly easy.
I digitized the shape of this tree, measured it out and laid out the roving within the parameters of the shape.
And then I watched the machine do all the needle punch work. Pretty impressive.
However, I did follow along with my fingers positioning and re-positioning the roving to be sure it stayed where I wanted it to be while the needle was punching.
Next, I layered an embroidery design on top. Since I had gone with a tree shape, I was reminded of the tree of life embroidery design in the Sepia Petals collection from OESD. I ended up using the tree background file.
The result was interesting both visually and texturally.
Still exploring my love of wool. It’s freeing and almost unpredictable as an art form or craft. I think that’s why I enjoy it so much.
If you are interested in learning more about Bernina Embroidery Software or needle punch, think about attending your May Software Inspirations at your local Bernina dealer.
You just never know what you’ll be inspired to create!