This morning I got a polite note from Stephanie saying, “I believe you put up 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!)
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 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.
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.
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.