Who is Myra and who is Jean?
Apologies for the confusion :) I, Andie, am the owner and creator behind all of this. The name "Myra and Jean" came to me one evening and I loved it and thought that if I ever have a business this would be the name. Later, I was told by a couple of people I didn't know personally that they had a Myra and a Jean in their family and I thought about what a fun coincidence that is.
What kind of yarn can I use?
Wool or acrylic. Wool or rug yarn is best if you're making an actual rug. If you're making a wall hanging, acrylic is great and cheaper as well. My favorite brands are Red Heart Super Saver, Caron One Pound, Big Twist Value, Crafter's Secret and Lionbrand's wool yarn, but I’m constantly searching for a good yarn. These are what I use the most. You don't want to use anything that's too soft and silky because it'll be much easier to slip and not hold in very well. The rougher the yarn the better 😉
What punch needle do you use?
I mainly use and adjustable punch needle (available in my shop when stock allows) that can be used with medium yarn, up to 1/8inch thick. If you find yarn that’s thin but you love the color you can always double or triple it as long as it fits in the needle and it flows easily while punching without getting caught.
HELP! My yarn isn’t staying in. What am I doing wrong?
Couple of things might be happening.
Your yarn might be too thick for the needle and it's not flowing through easily
You have a knot in the yarn and it's currently in the needle so the yarn can't move
The yarn is caught underneath your hand or caught on something so it's not moving freely
The holes in your fabric are too big
Your needle is not threaded correctly
To find out more, check out my online course!
What fabric can I use for punch needle rug hooking?
Monk's cloth and primitive linen that can be found in my shop or at dorrmillstore.com. You need a fabric that's sturdy, not stretchy, but also has holes that allow for the needle to get through. Linen or cotton fabric is the best for this as long as it holds the punches and doesn't tear. Sometimes it's a process of trial and error. Fabrics to avoid: aida, any embroidery fabric because it’s starched, tobacco cloth, or burlap. Some people use burlap, but it's made of jute so it tears easily. I tried punching flannel but it tore, unfortunately. If you find fabrics you tried and they worked, please let me know!
Do you teach the technique?
Yes, I do! I love teaching and I offer in-person workshops as well as online courses. Link to workshop schedule can be found under Workshops and online classes can be found here.