"I prefer straw/milliners needles, I just find them easiest to work with. The eye is the same diameter as the shaft, making it MUCH easier to create certain stitches (especially bullions) and they're longer than embroidery or crewel…"
"Well I'm fairly new to embroidery and I wasn't sure about the needles myself so I just went out and bought a little magnetic needle tin case thing and filled it with a bunch of embroidery and crewel needles. I must have at least 20 or…"
"Thanks Maneki and Ann. I have purchased some embroidery needles. The jury is still out on some of them. It seems some of the sharps are one sidedly sharp, and that doesn't seem right at all. So I'll keep looking,…"
"My favourites are embroidery needles, Milwards from England, but only if they say they are made in England, not just "English standard needles". Those are mostly made in China and unfortunately they often have burrs in the eye which…"
"I used to use whatever I found rummaging through mom's sewing needle box as a kid. Nowadays I use whatever suits my need that I find in my John James Silk Ribbon Embroidery Needle Collection (25 needles, surely there's one for whatever I…"
"ND embroidery floss, made in Mexico, has anyone used it? Is it colorfast? I bought a large bunch of thread on ebay and there were quite a few skeins of this floss in it, it's very lovely and bright, but never heard of the brand. Any…"
"So...this is a serendipitous moment. I went to Scarlet Today to order some needles, and McCrady Enterprises tweaked me but I thought, no way. So after loading my cart with needles I went to the history of the business, and low and…"
"You girls are fabulous! I'm still stitching but each stitch makes me say "What could be a better experience?" I also now appreciate why I was in such high demand to thread needles as a child. Yep I still can…"
"Thats funny cos I use the right sized needle for the piece, no idea what actual official size.Needlepoints I use a tapestry needle, sewing up a BIG tapestry needle ha ha
Like you I learnt using whatever needle my mother had available"
"Wnen doing hand embroidery I use embroidery needles, usually sz 9. I prefer roxanne or Bohin
I also have an assortment of milliner needles for bouillons and what I have now are Bohin.
I look to see that they are NOT made in China. I have some made…"
I'm not new to hand embroidery but...it's been a very long time since I've done much of it. My grandmother taught me and we used whatever needle in her collection of old needles to work with we could thread. Soooo, my question is what sort of needles do you use, and also why? When I quilt I usually use a size 12 from my stash of Piecemakers, Clover, or Roxanne, just for a point of reference. I'd like something that glides in and out of whatever project I'm working on.Thanks.See More
I learned to embroider, quilt, knit, darn socks at my Grandmother's feet from a very young age. As an adult I have gone off the deep end with quilting, learned custom tailoring and pattern making for personal use.
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I have surrounded myself with threads and fabrics my whole life. My interests have evolved from purely practical, as in garment, and curtain making to more espressive work. Hoping to take it further, to painting with the threads.
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