In the 1940s monk's cloth was used to decorate borders on towels, throws, baby blankets, pillows, wall hanging, pictures, linens and clothing. Swedish dresses were decorated for traditional outfits with a variety of threads. Today, cotton Floss and yarns are used on the fabric to create beautifully decorated items.
The most popular backing for punch needle rug hooking, this 100% cotton monk's cloth is suitable for use with all sizes of Oxford Punch Needles. Also great for traditional rug hooking. Woven with a white line every two inches to help you position your pattern and stretch it evenly on your frame. Approximately 12 double threads per inch. Two widths are available: 58" - 60" wide and 72" - 74" wide.
Personally, I always use monk's cloth for all my punch needle projects. Although I prepare my designs and color plan my rugs ahead of time, once I start punching I don't always get it "just right" the first time. Sometimes a color doesn't work or I want to alter my design a bit... Many times I just can't tell what something's going to look like until I actually start punching. If you're like me (and most punchers!) you will often be challenged by "the three P's," meaning you will choose to"Punch, un-Punch and re-Punch" until your satisfied with your results! On one boat rug I made I had to fit the 8 lettered name of the boat on it's tiny 2" x 1" stern! I finally got it right on the 7th try and the monk's didn't rip! Needless to say I punched carefully while I did this but what I'm trying to say is... monk's cloth is the most durable, forgiving foundation cloth I've ever tried! Tip: If you're using the Mini #14 or the Mini With Heels #13 Oxford Punch Needle with "slippery" fibers such as cotton and you find that your loops aren't staying in... try washing and drying your monk's cloth to shrink the holes. (Note that this isn't necessary with most yarns.)
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