Oh disappointment, why do you haunt me so. I bought a toy at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate last autumn - a Punchneedle! I tried it out at the stall, and it seemed the most exciting thing since nutella and peanut butter samwiches*. You punch the needle into your cloth, and out the other side comes a perfect little loop. So cute! So easy! So I bought me one.
And I got it out of it's wrapper last week, threaded it up and had a go. I started making a little heart with variegated thread, just to practice. It was not fun. It was disappointing. All the features that seemed so shiny at the show now just seemed a little dull. It just makes a loop of thread. Big woof. And it didn't seem as smooth or easy to use, either.
So I'm a bit annoyed with myself for wasting money on it... I suppose it'll be useful if I ever want to incorporate loops into an embroidery, but I really can't imagine using it to create a whole piece of work. Too boring and repetitive. To machine-y. Which I should have realised originally, as it's a machine...
*It's like a Snickers sammich.