The modern punch needle machine was created in 1976, according to my Easy Punch Book. Supposedly the looped stitch was done with a regular needle far into the past, but frankly I haven't found any basis for the stitch in my Russian/Ukrainian embroidery research. Perhaps the Russians picked up the tecnique in recent times from their southern rug-making neighbors, since punch-needle is a cousin to rug-hooking. I just bought a punch needle machine, and I plan to use it to make pseudo-rushnyki for the feasthall windows of the Russian event my shire is doing. Sorry to be a wet blanket, but it looks doubtful that you will find documentation for punch-needle. If by chance you do, let me know, and I will do the same.
Also does anyone know how far into the past Russian punch needle embroidery reaches. I know it was around during the last few Czars reigns.
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