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Cross Stitch Needles

One of the essential pieces of equipment that should be in a cross stitcher's tool kit is the correct needle. Tapestry needles are ideal for cross stitch.

Tapestry needles are excellent for cross stitching because they can be passed easily and smoothly through the holes in the cloth, without going through the fabric threads.

Use a blunt tapestry needle with a large eye. It should also have a rounded point. Choose a needle that slips easily through the holes in your fabric without piercing or splitting the threads.

Needles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, according to what they are used for. They have many characteristics, including the type of point, the size and shape of the eye as well as the thickness and length of the needle.

The correctly sized needle should only be used. It should suit both the cross stitch fabric and the cross stitch thread. The right sized needle will pass smoothly through the fabric. It should offer a small amount of resistance, just a little pressure, when passed through the fabric and should not be able to drop right through the hole.

There is a range of sizes available within each type of needle. Finer needles have a higher number (for example, 24, 26), while thicker needles have lower numbers (for example, 18, 22). Likewise, the larger the needle size number, the smaller the needle will be.

The most commonly used sizes of tapestry needles are 22, 24 and 26. The size selected will depend on the cross stitch fabric used. For example, a size 22 needle can be used for 8-count Aida, while a size 26 needle can be used for fine 30-count to 36-count linen evenweave fabric.

Buy several packets of the same size needles to have a good stock available to you. It is not recommended to buy packets of assorted sizes of needles because you will probably not use them all. It is very easy to get needle numbers confused so always return them to their original pack between cross stitch projects. Always try to keep at least one packet of each size of needle in stock. It is very frustrating not to be able to start your project because you do not have the appropriate needle.

To embellish cross stitch with beads, attach them using a beading needle. These are also available in different sizes but are finer, with a sharp point.

It is worth investing in good quality cross stitch needles. Buy the best quality you can afford, look after your needles with care and they should last for many years.


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