Coneflower Impressions - ART
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The blending of different fabric art techniques is by no means a new concept. The merger of embroidery techniques has been around awhile. Still, innovation and creativity continue to find ways to make these creative endeavors faster, easier, and more accessible. Punch and machine embroidery is no exception.
Punch embroidery can trace its roots to the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs and was the principle art technique behind the European tapestries of the Middle Ages. Punch embroidery has also been referred to as Russian Punch in the United States for its strong identification with the Russian immigrants who kept the art form alive in the ninetieth and twentieth centuries. While it is very much a hand embroidery technique, innovations in punch needle design over the past thirty years have made the art infinitely more enjoyable. More importantly, when merged with other embellishment technique, such as machine embroidery, it creates new textures, dimension, and details otherwise unobtainable when the two techniques are used separately.