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My favorite long tapestry needle|| The Weaving LoomI can’t help sharing today. I’m always on the look out for a good tapestry needle and today I have a really good one to share. Previously I talked about how I love a bent tapestry needle, and I still do, but when I’m weaving really large spaces these tapestry needles take longer to weave with. I love the look of a wooden needle, but they have too much friction with my warp strings, so I’ve found that metal works best for me. So when browsing for yarn and other weaving tools, I came across this long tapestry needle, I knew I had to give it a try. It’s metal and an awesome 5 inches long. It’s also straight, which I thought I probably wouldn’t like since the bent needles pick up the warp strings easier.

I’m super excited to be offering this long weaving needle in my shop too!

My favorite long tapestry needle|| The Weaving LoomWhat I found after using this needle on a few weaves was that I prefer the small bent tapestry needle when I’m working on small shapes and areas, but when I’m working on large areas this 5 inch needle works best. When I need to cover a large area, that straight needle actually works better for me when picking up the warp threads. I was really surprised. So I can’t say I have one needle that I use solely, but this combo of tapestry needles is definitely my ideal and now I switch between them when weaving and all my weaves. If you’re interested in getting this needle for yourself, I linked it below.

Do you have a weaving tool that you feel helps you weave quicker or you can’t weave without? I would love to hear about it.

Happy Weaving!

Kate

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  • Leighanne
    March 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Where did you buy this needle?

    • Kate
      March 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Leighanne, I bought it online, although it might be in some stores. The link to the needle is at the bottom in the Shop This Post section.

  • Kimberly E.
    March 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Awesome! I just ordered!! Thanks so much.

    • Kate
      March 15, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Kimberly, that’s cool, let me know what you think. I hope you like it as much as me 🙂

  • Bernice
    January 5, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Kate,

    Do you use these needles with really thick fibres too, like wool roving or bulky yarns? I find it difficult to get the fibres into the eye of the needles. What do you do/recommend? Any tips/tricks?

    Thanks!

    • Kate
      January 10, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      That is a great question! When my threads are too big, I just end up weaving with my hands. It works out much easier for me and since the fibers are so bulky they weave up quickly and it isn’t too tedious. I wrote about weaving with wool roving here http://www.theweavingloom.com/weaving-techniques-how-to-weave-roving/

      I hope this helps answer your question 🙂