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A question that is often asked is which side of a punch needle project is the 'right' side? When punching, you're working from what some consider the 'back' side of the piece, because all of the loops appear on the other side.
The loop side is similar to a typical traditional rug hooking project.
The look of the working side and the loop side is quite different. Both sides look great, and it's a matter of preference to which side of the piece you choose to display. The main thing to consider when working on the project is that the backing is fully covered in whichever side you choose to display.
It is possible to punch a piece in a way that allows either side to be displayed, it just requires a little extra attention. Rows need to be punched close together, and it sometimes requires going back and filling in spots where the backing is still showing.
For the edges, the backing is cut about 1.5 inches around the finished piece, folded twice, ironed, and stitched to stay in place.
This edge is then whipped with yarn, careful to hide the backing on both sides.
The yarn is tucked into the edge of the piece and then cut off to not have any loose pieces.
The piece can be displayed either way.