Cross stitch needles: choosing the best needle for you

Cross stitch needles: choosing the best needle for you

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Sometimes it can be confusing when shopping for cross stitch needles, to know which brands to get and which sizes or types. Tapestry needles are the most commonly used in cross stitch, but there are other specialty needles available as well. They might help turn your project into a beautiful work of art, and they might make your stitchy time that much more enjoyable.


Types of cross stitch needles

cross stitch needles

  1. Tapestry
    1. blunt tip to not puncture fabric
    2. wider eye (not good for French knots)
    3. size 24 to 26 is average for 14 count fabric, but you can experiment and see what works best for you
  2. Twin pointed needles
    1. great for stitching on a frame as you don’t have to turn your needle and thus twist your floss
    2. be careful as the eye is in the centre of the needle, they are more fragile
  3. Milliner’s needles
    1. straight shaft, the eye is the same width as the needle
    2. great for French knots
  4. Big eye needles
    1. also called wide eye needles
    2. great for beading, the one shown is 2.125″ (can go up to 5″ in length)
    3. be careful as they are more delicate
    4. depending on the ends, they may or may not be as sharp as a normal needle
  5. Beading needles
    1. very fine, perfect for stitching seed beads
    2. can be difficult to thread (use beading thread)
  6. Easy Guide needles
    1. shaped like a regular sewing needle, but has a small ball on the end (that acts like the tip of a tapestry needle)
    2. 3.6 mm needles work for any size Aida, linen, evenweave, etc.
    3. 4.0 mm needles work for larger count Aida (6, 8, 10), perforated paper, waste canvas, and metallic threads
    4. made from German steel so they won’t go black
    5. the shaft is thinner than tapestry needles so there’s less friction


Other tips:

  • Use a slightly bigger needle for stitching metallic threads, it helps with friction from the thread passing through the eye fraying the metallic. It also pushes the fabric slightly farther apart, reducing friction of the thread passing through the fabric.



Links mentioned in the video:

Easy Guide Needles

Bohin Needles

John James Needles

Charting Creations (for twin pointed needles)

BeadSmith Big Eye Needles


Cross stitch needles: choosing your needle
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Cross stitch needles: choosing your needle
Choosing which cross stitch needles are best for your projects. Tapestry, twin-pointed, milliner's, big eye, beading, and Easy Guide needles.

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