Ken Wingard shows how easy it is to paint with thread.


  • Punch needle, we used 1/8” and 1/4"
  • Yarn with texture that’s not too thick
  • Snap frame or embroidery hoop
  • Monk’s cloth
  • Design to trace onto cloth
  • Permanent marker
  • Fabric scissors


  • Materials to display the art however you like fabri-tac or sewing machine
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1. First thing you need to do is set up your frame or embroidery hoop. Cut a piece of the monk’s cloth to size, secure it in the frame or hoop.

2. Trace the design onto the cloth with the printed design underneath using permanent marker, you won’t see this once the punching is done so don’t worry.

3. Thread the punch needle. Feed the thread through the eye hook, then the channel and into the hole in at the tip of the needle. Brands may vary so check the instructions.

4. Begin punching the outline of a shape in the design, punching each loop in as close as possible to the one before without being in the same hole. The loops tighten as you go so don’t worry about knotting the start or finish of the stitches.

PRO TIP: keep in mind that the needle length determines the length of the stitches and the side you punch into is actually the back. The loops will form on the backside of the fabric.

5. Fill in the shape.

6. Repeat steps 5-6 with each shape.

7. Punch in the background in.

8. Take the monk’s cloth out of the hoop or frame.

9. Display the art as desired by attaching it to a bag, making it a trivet, or even just framing it as wall art. The options are limitless!

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