DO YOU WONDER WHAT ALL THOSE DIFFERENT SIZE NEEDLES ARE FOR? FIND OUT!
QUESTION: WHAT DO I USE EACH SIZE NEEDLE FOR? I HAVE # 36, 38, AND 40.
There are tiny differences between those visually, but they felt a lot differently from one another. The lower the number, the larger the needle. My 36 needles are also the longest out of all of mine, but that just could be from where I get them from. That makes it easier when the 36 is the longest. That is the thickest one, and the one that you ALWAYS start felting with. You could start with smaller needles, but it would take MUCH longer to felt something.
My barbs on my needles go up about 1/2 inch. Be sure to use that much when you poke in. After you felt with the 36, you can switch to a smaller needle if you wish, The higher numbers are the thinest, and you can tell if you lay it next to a 36 that a 40 would be a lot finer. Use this needle for felting something that you want a smooth surface for, as the thinner needle leaves smaller holes. You can even lightly brush the surface with your hand and the holes will blend in and disappear.
I use a 36 always to start and then a 38 star. There are more barbs on it because it is a square with 4 sides instead of 3 as a triangle. It felts lots faster and really grabs the wool.
Anymore questions about needles?
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On the left side of the page is her store items. Click on SPINNING & FELTING FIBERS
Felting needles are listed in packages of 1o to 100!
Check out her new CIRCULAR KNITTING NEEDLES that are only 9″ and 12 “. Yippee!!! No more dpns!!! I hate those!!! I just got one of each!! ***Tell Rose that Gerry sent you:)
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