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Bearbeitet: Jun. 29, 2019, 12:35pm

I got some appliqué templates with a magazine. Since I need some 20cm butterfly blocks, and some of these make a butterfly, I have started trying out needle turned appliqué. The first leaf is done. I hope that by the time I get to the butterfly itself my technique will have improved.

I'll also be embroidering on and beside the appliquéd bits. I have been having trouble finding fine enough embroidery needles to suit me. I know that I have some, but my needle box has disappeared, and the local stores seem to think that 22 is a fine needle. I finally found a few 24s. They are leaving bigger holes than I am happy with.

Jun. 29, 2019, 7:13pm

>1 MarthaJeanne: What fabric/s are you using, and what kind of thread?

Jun. 30, 2019, 3:11am

Cottons that I have for patchwork. The thread is hand dyed from Oliver Twist.

Jun. 30, 2019, 6:04pm

I can't tell how thick the threads you are using are, but if they're hand dyed from Oliver Twist I'm guessing they wouldn't be thinner than a perle 8 or so?
Here's a link for an Etsy listing for John James chenille needles in all sizes, notably sizes 26 and 28 (which I haven't run across myself!) Maybe those would be useful for your applique?

Bearbeitet: Jun. 30, 2019, 6:34pm

I can order needles from, but I'm waiting for a book that is coming out in a week or so. It's normal floss. Yes, where I'm using one thread it is finer than perle 8. I've never had pointy needles in 28, but they are very fine, for counted work I usually try to use 26s. Apparently even the stores can't get them here.

I think we might go to England in September, and I will certainly bring lots of needles home. Ordering over the internet is difficult. Many venders won't ship outside their own countries, and if they do the shipping prices are just too high. Amazon only ships the needles with a big order. I won't order at all outside the EU. Customs causes delays and can be expensive. There can even be quite high fees for things going through customs inspections even if in the end no customs are charged.

Jun. 30, 2019, 6:28pm

I didn't realize there were such shipping issues within Europe! I can see that 24s would be much too big for a single floss strand. I've never seen 26 or 28 chenilles (I call them stabby needles, because that's characteristic of my relationship with them). There are fine sizes in pointy crewel needles, though I seldom use crewels, preferring the larger eye in the chenilles. But smaller crewel needles might be right for your project.

Bearbeitet: Jun. 30, 2019, 6:35pm

The ones I'll get from Amazon, and the ones in my box (if I find them) are crewels.

Inside Europe the only hassle is how long the mails can take. Recently a book from Germany took over a week after it was mailed.

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