So what is everyone's favorite needle to use for embroidery? and how does everyone store their needles? I moved and can't seem to find my needle book or any of my needles so I am looking for a new system and starting to buy new needles too. I do alot of wool embroidery and use alot of perle cotton.
FUN FUN FUN!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to hear everyone's opinions and suggestions for storage.
I have a couple of favourite needleholders I tend to use constantly and a stash of spare needles such as beading ones; which I tend to bend! Although now I look at the needlecases I think maybe it's time for a new one for 2012 :)
Here's the one I'm using at present.
OH PRETTY!!!!!!!!! I had one (don't remember where I got it) but it had all the different kind of needles listed page by page with illustrations, then places for you to place your needles for that type of stitching, so needless to say ALL MY NEEDLES were in there, and that is what I am missing. For the time being I think I am going to buy some embroidery needles and keep looking for my needle book.
I like to leave needles in their packaging, as it is usually rust-proof AND nicely labelled with what they are. I have all sorts of needles - sharps, tapestry, beading, crewel, milliners etc etc. Crewels are my favourites.
My aim is to have a case with pockets to hold the little packets, but that is still a WIP (note it is started and isn't a UFO yet, so currently my needle packets are kept in a sweet bag.
A friend sent me a lovely needle book which I use in my travelling kit.
Like Annette I leave needles in their packets. I do have a needle book but don't use it. Because we live in humid climate (at least for a long period of the year) needles rust quickly.
I also find it easier in regards to size.
I also like to keep my needles in their packets. I have a dark green 18x12cm box in which I keep all my needle packets. Beading, Chenille, Embroidery and Tapestry needles. They are then all in one place and easy to find.
My favourite needle to cross-stitch with is a 28 tapestry petite and when I do embroidery work it's probably a quilting between. But that also depends on what thread I am using. For Temari I like to use a Chenille 18/24.
I never quite came to terms with a needle book as I would forget on which page to put the needle when I finished with it (LOL)
OH GOOD IDEA, keeping them all together in a box. I have a ton of old cigar boxes etc. that would be great for putting them all in. Never thought of that. :)
I love needlecases and use two ;one for general sewing and one for embroidery needles. I do keep packets of needles too but I love to open the case and see them all waiting to be used.
Ido take Deborah's point about remembering where they came from. I'm not too bad but keep a size chart handy to make sure I get them back in the right place!
I've been promising myself for ages I would devise a case which not only stores but identifies each type and size of needle.......
I bought some little tubes at a NS that look like the little vials that they take blood in and I am using them for storing my xstich needles in, yu can label the vials and they keep the sharp pointed ones from stabbing you in your work bag., but I also use a needlebook and am thinking of making a needle book that will hold the packets...just some random suggestions...
You may be interested in a needlebook of this type produced by a chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America. It is just the type of book you mention. I have one and it is wonderful - no need to hunt for my needles in different locations! Here is the link http://www.egausa.org/html/shop_fundraising.html
I had one (don't remember where I got it) but it had all the different kind of needles listed page by page with illustrations, then places for you to place your needles for that type of stitching...