What are your favorite needles for cross stitching and why do you like them?
I had always used John James needles for most of the needlework I’ve done through the years and started out with their tapestry needles. The blurb on the needle page say the large eye and blunt tip make them good for cross stitching. I’ve found that they eye on their needles is the smallest of the other needles I’ve tried and that their point is the sharpest. I prefer a blunter end for cross stitching but when starting or ending with a pin stitch, I do like the sharper tip. At 123Stitch, you get 6 size 26 needles for $2.42, or about .40 per needle.
A needle I had never used but tried after a recommendation is Pat’s. I like these needles! They have an eye that I can easily thread. They are a bit thicker needles . . a good bit thicker than John James, and if I’m sliding the needle under a column of threads from the backside to bury an end, it’s pretty thick to get under the threads. These are $22.49 for a pack of 25 at 123Stitch, or about .90/needle.
The needle that I love the most so far is Sullivan’s. Of course, they’re outrageously expensive – probably so much so that I only bought a package to try and won’t buy them again. It’s $7.19 for two needles, or $3.60 per needle. I love that they have a tiny little ball point on the end and they do seem to have radar when finding that hole. There’s just no way I’ll pay $3.60 per needle but I am glad I tried them.
For now, I’ll probably use Pat’s needles mostly but won’t rule out using John James, especially for the higher count fabric.