Give-Away: What’s that Needle For?

needlesandbookWhile writing my new book, Joyful Stitching, I came across this big pile of hand needles in a long forgotten drawer where I like to put long forgotten things. Without their original containers, I had no idea what kind they were. And I was clueless as to their sizes. Sadly, my needles had lost their identity.


So I came up with this handy dandy chart. It’s produced by C&T Publishing and helps you identify the size and type of hand needle you have in your stash. It shows you the right needle for the job.

And I’m giving one away today.

There are full-size photos of hand needles in the the guide. Needles like sharps, quilting, embroidery, beading, applique, darners, milliners, plus others are shown.

Did you know that there are Twin-Pointed Stab Stitch needles? They are shown in the guide too.

You’ll find a few tips on needle care and how to match the needle size to the thread size when stitching. And the fold out guide also has images of specialty needles like bullion, packing, doll making, upholstery, and sail making. Any sail makers out there?



Here’s how the needle guide works. Just lay a needle on the chart and it identifies it for you. It tells you what kind of needle it is and what size it is.

It’s a miracle!

Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of a Sewing Needle Pocket Guide. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the Sewing Needle Pocket Guide for Hand Stitching here on the C&T Blog.

190 thoughts on “Give-Away: What’s that Needle For?

  1. Well, I may not have a ‘forgotten drawer’ but I sure have plenty of forgotten needles and I wonder, “Who are you; how big are you; what do you do?”

  2. Congratulations on your new book!! Full size needle comparisons to help fill in your new needle guide makes so much sense!! Brilliant!! Who doesn’t have a jumble of needles?!! A resolution for 2018…get those needles organized!!

  3. Alleluia! I have 3 generations of unidentified needles! Mine, my mother’s and my grandmother’s! Now they can all have names and uses! Thank you!

  4. When I’m reading your instructions, I feel like you are sitting right next to me. Your tips are so great. Thank you. A collections of lost needles? You bet I have them

  5. What a wonderful idea! I could put this to good use! Thank you so much! Congratulations on your new book. I’ll be putting this on my wish list .

  6. What a fantastic idea. Needle confusion often attacks my projects. The new book looks great can’t wait to see it in person

  7. Super idea! I took your class in Cedarburg, WI, in the fall and loved.every.minute.
    NOW, if there were more hours in the day I would be able to accomplish more in the way of needle fun.

  8. Wow, who doesn’t need one of these. I have quite a few needles I need to identify as I have no idea what they are. Sure could use this.

  9. This would be so useful! My needles usually get separated from the package they came in. I could also use advice on the right needle for the job at hand.

  10. How timely for many of us! We just had the “needle talk” at my small quilt group….so many answers, so many wrong answers. What do we know? Not much, so this info will be extremely helpful.

  11. Your needle chart would be very handy! I have many needles that I have bought over the years and should really start using.

  12. Love your site! Would be nice to match up all those needles inherited from my mom. Congrats on your book!

  13. I inherited about 7000 of my mom’s needles. This tool will be a great help to this lifelong hoopless embroiderer!

  14. Well, i do declare! I’ve never seen a more dashing, debonair, and down-right informative needle guide in all my born days! Why, if I had this guide, all my long forgotten, orphan needles would once again be secure in the knowledge that they shall NEVER be nameless again! Fiddledeedee!!

    *The above should be read in my native, Southern accent. Fluttering of eyelashes, optional.
    **You DID tell us in our email this morning that we could leave a charming comment!! :-)

  15. The needle information is very helpful. I am so pleased your new book is available early. Can’t wait to get stitching! Hope I win!!

  16. What a great way to know what all my needles are good for!! I tried marking sizes but not sure what kind they are. This is wonderful!!

  17. What a great post today–I do have needles that I don’t know what they are…Thanks for the chance to win…

  18. * * *We’re having a snowy day and I’m looking forward to sorting through my recent order of your beautiful threads and fabric! * * *

  19. Can’t wait to get this clever book! Even when my hand sewing needles are still in their original packages, they get put back into the wrong slots and become unidentifiable! And, even when I know their names, I don’t know which one to use for various types of stitching. Thanks for creating such a handy reference.

  20. What a wonderful tool to use when uncovering long tucked away needles. Great news on the publication of your new book.

  21. Awesome idea Laura! I too have a number of loose, unidentifiable needles, and have searched the vast interwebs for some sort of identification guide to no avail. Would love to win your guide!

  22. Fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us! I just love all the whimsey you have in your pieces! Thanks for the opportunity to have a little piece of it in your giveaway. Congratulations on your new book!

  23. The book looks wonderful, and a great idea to identify needles! Many years ago I took your class @ Asilomar. I still laugh at times about the fun with your class and presentation. I also purchased one of your art quilts, and display it proudly!

  24. This would be so helpful to figure out how to use some of the needles in my forgotten items drawer!

  25. Who would have thought we needed something like this? What a clever idea! Now we all can find out just what we didn’t know what we were missing!!

  26. Congratulations on having another book published! I’d love to win the needle chart. Looks like there’s a lot of great information in it.

  27. What a great idea for the needle guide. Does it also include machine needles? If not, please create another one! Thanks for your continued creativity and for sharing so generously. Avis

  28. I love your idea regarding needle identification. I have my mother’s old needles which I use on occasion and would love to know what they are. Good news about your book. 65 is a great year (mine is coming up).

  29. Well fiddledee indeed, I think Miss Scarlett has this charming competition all sewed up! I hope I find your new book at Road to CA, congratulations. My grandmother’s wooden sewing picnic basket is full of orphans, so I am in dire need of your handy new tool. You will not remember me, but you conferred a masters degree from the Chicago School of Fusing on me at Rosie’s Calico Cupboard many years ago. It is always so fun in your classes (shameless, I know), and your theme song still bursts forth in moments of sheer joy. Yay Wasilowski!

    • Congratulations on you graduation from the Chicago School of Fusing! Always nice to hear from my graduate students. Press on!

  30. This is brilliant Laura! I also have a lot of loose needles that have lost their way out of the package. This looks like a wonderful way to keep them organized and have the right one for the project of the moment. Thank you!

  31. Actually, I may very well have a sailmaker’s needle somewhere, now you mention it. I certainly have my grandfather’s “sailmaker’s palm”!

  32. Hey, I have a bunch of those unidentified needles as well! What a great idea to help us sort and use them for their intended purposes!

  33. The little business card you give out in class that has needle types and sizes is a wonderful help. This is even better–thanks!

    • I wish my little needle and thread businesses cards were to scale bu at least they help match the threads and needles we used in class.

  34. I did not know this was available, I really need on of these to identify my errant needles.

  35. Who doesn’t have a stash of unidentified needles. This chart would definitely be helpful. Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. What a nice idea! I’ve never knew about the proper use of different size needles and this chart would be a very good thing!

  37. What a treasure that needle guide would be. I, like you, always lose track of a needle size once it gets stuck in a pin cushion. I must check C&T so that I can buy one of my own (pessimistically assuming that I will not win one).

  38. Oh my, I could really use this needle guide! I have so many that I don’t know what they are!
    The book looks really interesting. I need to find it!
    Happy New Year!
    Sandra Weimer

  39. Finally, there’s hope for organizing all my orphan needles. My needles and I thank you!

  40. Your stitchings are so charming & your hand dyes make them so special! I would love the guide to needles.

  41. Who’d a thunk it??? Are you sure you didn’t sneak into my sewing room and post a photo of my pile of needles???? This guide is a miracle!

    • No Carol, I’m pretty sure that is my pile of needles. But it’s reassuring to know that someone else has a similar problem.

  42. Love the look of both the needle chart and the new book. Looking forward to seeing the “real” items.

  43. Congratulations on the new book! I’m sure it will join your other books at my home soon. A needle chart, what a sharp idea.

  44. When you get oh so tired of winter in Illinois, please send it west until it hits the coast. We are in the 3rd driest December since 1880. Gasp!

  45. Sounds like the latest gadget I need for my stash. I am a hand sewer with too many needles. Would love to have a sheet that helps me save time remembering how to matchi up needle and thread!

  46. Congrats Laura! I intend to by your new book and the pocket guide for needles too! Both sound great! /Would love to win the guide to needles! (or even a book if you give one away or even a kit – though I usually do my own designs, it might be nice to have a kit to work from for a change)

  47. The magical power to attract ( in addition to a magnet) is this really useful needle guide; it will certainly be desired and bought…….”Joyful Stitches” is going to be endearing for many people and for many productive years. Congrats and thanks for the chance to win!

  48. That is a clever tool. I try to put specialty needles back in the packages, but that ususally doesn’t last very long before I have orphan needles and don’t know exactly what kind they are.

  49. I could use that handy guide. And congratulations on the new book. And Happy Birthday! And thanks for continuing to be so inspirational.??

  50. Just what I need! I have so many needles I don’t know what to do with them! It would be nice to be able to separate them into their uses! thank you!

  51. enjoy your creativity and stitching, the chart would help my random collectioin also!

  52. I think I could use a whole encyclopedia of charts that explain what the chaos in my house is. This is incredibly clever of you. Thanks!

  53. I am very glad that someone has finally made a guide that is easier to use; I am tired of putting all the odd needles into a (not sure I know what size it is) pile…….Thank you so much for this.

  54. Nope, never heard of a Twin-Pointed Stab Stitch needle. I love stitching…I learn something new every day! January is the month for starting out new, fresh and organized (I try) and I have 2 small drawers full of loose needles that need their own identity, so thanks for this opportunity Laura. Happy New Year!!

  55. A needle ID system? Wowzers. Who knows what kind of organizational frenzy it could unleash in my sewing room?

  56. Wow, what a great tool to have in the sewing room – where random needles certainly lurk in all kinds of places. I need one of them, for sure.

  57. What a great idea! I try hard to keep track of which needles are which, but it doesn’t always happen …

  58. I have started to really enjoy hand stitching on quilts. Thank you so much for all your tutoriala. They are very helpful!

  59. Can’t wait to see your new book. You make stitching so enjoyable. I definitely need a way to sort out and organize my needles.

  60. This is really great! The book will be a lifesaver because I misplace needles all the time and when they are finally found, I have no clue as to the type of needle.
    Of course this all depends on my not loosing the pocket guide!

  61. This is one of those items that makes one say, “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?” Happy new year and happy new book!

  62. Looks like it will be very useful. I’m looking for the chart that compares pearl cotton sizes to floss. Is it still available?

  63. Thank you. This is great information! I have several recycled little candy tins that house stray needles of all sizes, neatly stuck in felt swatches. How fun it will be to identify and organize my needle stash!

  64. Man, I was just today trying to figure out the difference between Boro needles and milliners.

  65. This is a great tool and we are lucky you had some other needles around which still had sizes. HAPPY NEW YEAR

  66. Your website is so joyful…lots of special things to look at and always many great ideas. The needle chart and holder is just one more special thing.

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