Monday, October 26, 2015

Needle Snobbery Part 2

Hi everyone,

I was cleaning house today (not my favorite thing to do). To make my duties seem lighter, I began to think of my favorite things to do. Sitting on a beach is high on my list - but alas, no beaches in Kansas - at least not any that have warm salt water.
However, sewing is one of my favorite things to do and I don't have to go anywhere to do it. I just have to hurry up and finish the housework.

One of my favorite forms of sewing is embroidery - and one of my favorite forms of embroidery is twilling.  I cannot resist the neat little rows of beautiful knots. It is a very special look.
Of course, you need the perfect needle to do some twilling!  Today, we will learn about chenille needles.

Chenille needles are are a large eye needle similar to tapestry needles or a cross stitch needles in length and diameter. However, chenille needles have a sharp point and not a round or blunt point (retrieved from: This makes a big difference if you poke your finger as these are big needles! Chenille needles are commonly used for crewel embroidery, ribbon embroidery, and of course, twilling.

The sizes range from 18-24. Remember our lesson from last week?  The higher the number (size), the shorter and thinner the  needle will be. In this example, a size 18 chenille needle will be the larger needle, and a size 24 chenille needle will be the smaller version.

For twilling, a size 22 or 24 chenille needle is most commonly used. The size can be a bit of a personal preference depending on your project and the size you would like the knots. In the photo example, I used a size 24 chenille needle because the design was smaller and more detailed.  I also use size 24 chenille needles because they are my favorites! I am pretty picky about my needles.

All this leads me back to the housework. A clean house deserves a reward! I think I will sit down and enjoy some twilling.Who needs dinner anyway?

Talk to you soon,

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