Needles & More Needles (and Erica starting the new year out wrong!)

This morning I got a polite note from Stephanie saying, “I believe you put frustratedup the wrong post.”  How sweet.  What she could have said was, “You dummy!  You blew it!”  But then, I’m the boss.  My name’s on the sign!

So anyway, some of you have gotten an email with an incomplete post (even saying “insert photo here,”) and now I’m back to tell you it wasn’t Stephanie’s fault!  We got home last night from visiting our grand kids, and I realized I hadn’t put up the post for the week.  Stephanie had several almost ready, (bless her heart!) and I quickly grabbed the one I thought was the right one.  Wrong!  Here’s the one that should be here.  Sorry, Stephanie, and anyone who’s now getting a second email from us.  But this one is the right one!  (I don’t suppose you’ve ever done something in a hurry and gotten it wrong, but if you have, I’d love to hear about it!  Help me feel better!)

Stephanie’s post:

Have you ever heard of a Trolley Needle? I sure hadn’t until very recently but I’m so glad I found it. It is the coolest cross-stitching tool I’ve come across in a long time.

trolley-needle-1-newTrolley Needle SKU 14152 $8.99

The Trolley Needle is a multi-purpose tool that slips over your fingertip and helps to keep thread from twisting as you’re working on cross stitching projects. The needle helps to keep your threads smooth and gives you greater control over your threads as you’re stitching. It is adjustable and is often worn on your index finger but because it’s adjustable, you can wear it on any finger or thumb.

The Trolley Needle is especially useful when trying to control metallic or slippery rayon threads. Metallic thread twists very easily and using the Trolley Needle allows you to manage much of the twisting and turning so that your stitches stay even throughout your project.


Metallic Thread & Floss at Erica’s Craft & Sewing Center
Kreinik Metallics
DMC Metallic Embroidery Floss Skeins
DMC Special Embroidery Floss Skeins

And speaking of needles – have you ever wondered which size tapestry needle you need for your project? Tapestry needles have a blunt point and an eye large enough to accommodate different thicknesses of threads. It’s important to choose the right size because you don’t want the needle to be so large that you have to force it through the fabric but you don’t want it to be so small that it damages your threads. Here’s a quick way to determine whether you have the proper needle size.

Start with the fabric count – the more squares per inch, the smaller the needle eye needs to be. Contrary to what you might expect, needle sizes go up as the needle eye gets smaller. For example, in the photo below, it’s easy to see that a size 24 needle has a smaller eye than a size 22 needle. You would use the smaller eye (size 24) for a larger-count fabric and the larger eye (size 22) for a smaller-count fabric.

To make it even easier, we’ve included a chart below for quick reference.


Needles shown:
Left: Size 22, 6 count DMC Tapestry Needle SKU 18264 $1.35
Right: Size 24, 6 count Piecemakers Tapestry Needles SKU 85267 $2.25
All Tapestry Needles at Erica’s Craft & Sewing Center

Keep the following chart handy next time you’re shopping for needles.


We sell many different tapestry needles – you can find all of them on our Tapestry Needles page or in the store.

Happy Stitching!

4 thoughts on “Needles & More Needles (and Erica starting the new year out wrong!)

  1. Erica
    We are all so human and you just wanted to git n done! Let it go in the big picture it really doesn’t matter! Be kind to yourself

  2. Trolly needles are wonderful for using when you are doing silk needle embroidery on the sewing machine. Keeps the fingers out of the way when making loops, etc.

  3. Pingback: Secrets to Using Metallic Threads in Cross-Stitch Projects | Erica's Blog

  4. Happy New Year to all of you, from Eva a Greek lady living in the NE of Greece. I found out about Erica’s craft shop the day before and was impressed, so I placed an order immediately. You see craft items like this do not exist in my country. It is only a couple of months ago that I started working on samplers and I love them all patterns from US (searching like mad to find new ones). I wonder if I could ask your help, how can I trace a blackbird design chart (awake the dawning day), as it doesn’t come out anymore. I would greatly appreciate anyone’s help.

    Kind regards

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