Needles, Needles and More Needles!
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6068 S. Sheridan Tulsa, Ok. 74145 (918) 493-1136 (888) 543-7004 E-Mail
Several nice options of needles... you use what YOU like best for your task.
- Make sure the eye of the needle doesn't pinch your thread too much and damage it. Get a large enough eye size.
- For Cross Stitch, the eye of the needle is supposed to be large enough to create the space for your thread to pass through the fabric without it dragging too much and causing damage.
- Still unsure about size you need? Just ask us and we can choose for you!
John James Gold Plated Tapestry Needles
Nickel under gold, Tapestry needles feature a dull point to 'roll over' your fabric threads to find the hole easily.
Size 20 and 22 work great for larger Pearl cottons (like for the Shepherd's Bush Stockings on the 18ct linen). Size 24 is generally for 14/28ct.
John James Nickel Tapestry Needles
James sizes, dull points as the Gold Plated...
John James Bead Embroidery Needles
Teeny-tiny needles to fit a standard seed bead. You might find an Ultra-fine threader is helpful to thread them! The Ball Points feature a small ball point - like an ink pen - to help glide over the threads and find the hole.
*Note: The Pat's Favorite Needles #28 will also fit a seed bead. Larger eye, they simply come in larger packages, so pricing can be the issue.)
Pat's Favorite Needles
Designed by Pat Carson of Designs by Gloria & Pat... these are great little needles! Offered in envelopes of 25 needles, we have them in Tapestry 24, 26 and 28.
What makes them special is the super-long eye they feature. Coated in gold -- so it's easy to see, something about these makes them dreamy to use! The #28's fit regular Mill Hill glass beads, and the eye is HUGE compared to beading needles. Just very nice to use!
Bohin of France
Nickel plated steel... dull point.
John James has run out of Platinum Needles, and because costs have risen so much, will not be plating more. Yarn Tree, one of our industry distributors, purchased their back-stock that were loose -- just bulk -- and re-packaged them in their cool little screw-top clear plastic needle vials! So, now we have Platinum Tapestry Needles again!!! ('till these are gone, too!)
Some stitchers have allergies to nickel -- the normal plating on needles -- so Platinum is a more comfortable stitching option. (Do your needles get brown-ish (tarnished) and draggy??? If so, you are probably allergic to nickel!) So... for a happy time, we have Tapestry Needles available in #24 for 14/28 counts, #26 for 32-ish counts and #28 for smaller count fabrics.
Chenille Needles are Tapestry needles with that large eye but a VERY sharp point. They are great for wool applique hand-stitching.
The needle is sharp enough to go through the wools and felts, and the eye is large enough to hold heavy thread and make the hole large enough for the thread.
These are small sets of ACTUAL VINTAGE needles IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGES. Little treasures gathered over the years by the Colonial Needle folks, each needle package comes with a small tidbit of history about the company or it's trademarks. It seems that nobody can throw away needles... and over the past 250 years they've just been passing along their old stock to the new needle company owners.
Colonial Needle has a whole stash of these original needles in their original packages. They are so neat to use in needlework shadow box displays or inside sewing cases. Each set *M* or *N* comes with four 'brand new!' (but really old) individual packages of various needles -- some packs have 6 needles, others have more. They include Crewel, Chenille, Darners, Milliners, Betweens, Sharps and Harness. If you've purchased some from us before... check your stash... I think we had set *M* for a while last year. I just love the idea that these old needles can still find loving homes!!!
Needle ID Cards
Wow... this is a neat new 'gadget-y' Stitching Aid! Super-functional, this is a set of 6 cards approx 2 x 3-1/2 inches in size that help you identify your needles! Presented in a frosted plastic envelope (stays clean and organized and unbent in your stitching bag) each of the 6 heavy-card stock cards features a bit of needle history on one side, as well as the specific properties of its featured needle. On the reverse, you'll find images of actual-sized needles, along with their particular size. Now you can identify all those stray needles you have poked into your cushions.
BUT, BUT, BUT, what is also really cool about this set of cards, is simple information. If you have a pattern that calls for a particular needle -- like a Milliners in a size 5 -- here is a picture of one -- its exact size. You can tell what it's supposed to look like, and if you have another needle in your stash that will work for the task. Very cool little cards to ID Betweens, Chenille, Sharps, Milliners, English Crewel Embroidery and Tapestry! Every Stitcher would love a set of these!!!!
Clear Magnetic Needle Keeper Boxes
These are super-simple but SUPER needle organizers! 1-1/4 wide x 3 long x 3/8 of an inch high, these are plastic boxes with white magnetic material lining the bottom. You can see through the lid to know what's inside. The magnetic bottom holds your needles in place along with any metal needle threaders you put in them. Here's the cool part... you can LABEL these as to size of needle!!!!!
They're small and only $2.95 each... so get a box for each needle size and you CAN TELL WHAT YOU HAVE!!!! Small enough for sewing cases, lightweight for stitching totes, I like that I can SEE what's inside and I can LABEL it if I want!
99% Pure Aluminum Oxide... this is a super-fine grain emery abrasive powder that is used to stuff pin cushions and scissor fobs. A beautiful, clean white color... it's a cleaner, brighter filler than the traditional grey-black emery previously in our market.
Offered in a 4-oz package... 4 Tablespoons-ish to me... along with the emery material... you are treated to a WONDERFUL history and explanation of emery! (Rubies and Sapphires are made from the same substance... since the middle of the 1500's, there has been a need for this abrasive substance to clean steel needles. An entire page of really interesting info about this historic product is included, and I really, really enjoyed reading it!
Anyway, this powder is super-heavy to your hand, and is generally used as a needle-cleaning agent. It feels really good in your hand... as it weights your tiny fobs and cushions perfectly! Get some for your stash, to use for neat cushions, fobs and special sewing cases!
Purrfect Punch Needles
The world of Punch Needle Embroidery was rocked a couple of weeks ago when the blue Ultra Punch Needles (the old Cameo Needles) ceased production and availability. The original company has been purchased this week... with the promise of Ultra Punch Needles again in the future. Until then... the *Step Child* Purrfect Punch Needles are here to save the day!
There remains great debate (the same as among siblings!) as to which needle is better... YOU (as the parent) get to decide. Purrfect has been around forever... we hope Ultra comes back... but you never know. Our Purrfect Needle sets include one needle of each size - 1, 3 and 6 strand - along with two threaders and instructions.
Igolochkoy Russian Punchneedle Set
Available as a set of three needles, 1-Strand, 3-Strand and a 6-Strand size... each set includes Russian Punch Needle technique instructions and trouble-shooting tips. Included in the set are the three various sized needles, each in a clear plastic tube. There are threaders for each needle, along with two extra, and plenty of extra plastic gauges for the individual needles. Each needle includes a guide for thread weights that will work in it -- metallics, silks, cords, so many things I'd never thought you could use! One set of needles should last you for all your punch needle needs... (unless you drop one on its point on a concrete floor!!!) Very heavy-duty, they feel great in your hand. Click the image at right to see the whole set.
These wonderful needles for Punch Needle Embroidery are now available individually, as well as in the master set of all three sizes! Most designs require the 3-strand needle, the 1-strand being the second most popular size. The individual packages contain the same general stitching instructions as the master set, as well as two threaders, extra plastic loop gauges, and the plastic storage tube.
New Russian Punch Needles!!!
Finally, punch needles that are available individually -- these are WONDERFUL to use!!! Manufactured by CTR these have several great features. After punching with them, I can really recommend them easily, and with lots of excitement! Aluminum shafts, each needle size is color coded, so you can tell your needles apart with just a glance. The beveled edge that seems to be so hard to keep track of is accented by a shaved-out area on the needle shaft -- a permanent guide to determine where the bevel is!
The needles all come with pre-cut gauges that are all uniform in size to each other, and the handles of the needles are thicker than we're used to, a little longer, and SO much easier to hold! There are general Punch Needle Embroidery instructions included with each needle, as well as trouble shooting tips. Three line drawing freebie designs by Charlotte Dudney, and Charlotte's Designs from the Pep'r Pot... and wonderful diagrams for proper threading are tucked in with each needle as well! Packaged in a clear plastic tube, a threader is included with each. Really, really nice... you'll enjoy these!!!
Ultra-Fine (Beading) Threader
A super-duper thin wire in melted into this plastic threader, securely attached to thread teeny needles, perfectly! Used in quilting, beadwork, heirloom sewing and fine needlework, the super-fine, diamond-shaped wire is designed for threading 'Betweens #12,' 'Sharps #11 and 12,' Milliners #11, and Beading #10 & 12. Absolutely wonderful... you'll want these to keep in every needlecase you own! Ours are packaged 2 to a pack, in a clear, protective plastic case, which includes an outer sleeve. Really cool!
A great all-around needle threader... these will thread Tapestry needles as well as many others. The durable design features a wire that is fused into the plastic housing, along with a recessed cutting blade on the opposite end! There is even a small hole provided in case you want to attach it to a favorite chatelaine or project! Ours are packaged in pairs in a protective plastic sleeve and case. Very handy!
The heavy-duty version of our other two threaders, this one is perfect for Tapestry and Chenille needles. Used for needlepoint, cross-stitch, hardanger and embroidery, it's perfect for perle cottons, yarn, ribbons and specialty threads (like some of the heavier Rainbow Gallery ones!). The square design of the threader allows the thread to 'spread out' as it passes through the eye of the needle, so there is much less stress, (and less breakage later on!) It features a recessed cutting blade, as well as a hole for attachment to a chatelaine or sewing case. Packaged by the pair in a wonderful clear plastic protective sleeve... they slip into a clear case for extra protection.
The Threader Collection
A trio of needle threaders, each with a specific use. Specially packaged for The Silver Needle in a handy, clear storage sleeve. $7.50 pkg.
Ultra-Fine: for quilting and beading needles.
All Purpose: a good general use threader with a built-in cutter.
Heavy-Duty Threader: for larger threads and delicate fibers, too. Also has a built-in cutter.
Favorite Needle Threaders
Back in stock after many years... this threader has been the favorite for 'just-forever!' Formerly known as a *Muriel*... (named after the lady that designed then, I believe) you just found a new best friend! Muriel passed away several years ago, I remember something about the family not continuing with her product... we 'lost track' of them for several years... and found them again!
Just a flat, thin, lightweight metal needle threader, perfect for thick and thin threads, the hole in the center allows you to teather your *Muriel* to anything else to keep track of her! Measuring just 3/4 x 1-3/4 of an inch... paper thin... this little baby fits anywhere and is a great help. Don't know if it is because it is solid and the holes to thread your thread through are so much easier to see than wire threaders, or the fact that there is NOTHING to break on these that make them so good, they have just always been the *Go To* Threader!