What Needle to Use When – Counted Work
In general counted work, whether cross stitch, needlepoint, pulled work, drawn thread, or needleweaving, should be done with a blunt tipped needle. These are usually called tapestry needles.
Tapestry needles come in sizes from 18 to 28 and get thinner as the numbers rise. The blunt tip means that the needle will go through the holes in the fabric easily without piercing threads the way a sharp needle might.
I will usually err, as I said last time, on the size of a larger needle. The smallest needle I’ve been comfortable with is a 26, and then only on 32 to 40 count evenweave or linen. At these high counts some people like to use a size 28 needle and only one strand of thread. Size 28s are often a bit shorter than a 26, and I have large hands: I’m more comfortable with the length of the 26.
Any needle you choose should be comfortable for you, your hand, and your stitching style. Always remember that stitching is an individual art form! But here are some suggestions to use as a starting point.
Counted Work Needle Chart
|Fabric Type & Count||Stitches/Inch||Type of Thread||# Strands||Needle Size|
|Linen or Evenweave||14||Floss||2-3||24|
|Canvas||18||Perle #5 or #8||1||24|
|14||Perle #5 or #8||1-2||24|
|Knit (duplicate stitch)||4-6||Worsted||1||18|
|4-6||DK or Sport||1||18-20|