Tools & Toys Tuesday: Milliner’s Needles, yay!

Tools & Toys Tuesday

Thanks very much for your thoughts on Milliner’s Needles – I switched to a larger needle and *whoa*, it was like a whole new thing. As advertised, it made french knot angst a thing of the past! Seriously, every knot is so much easier (and less annoying!) than before, and my progress sped up a millionfold. You can see the needle I ended up using above – the hugemongous one is the milliner’s needle, the teeny one is a normal embroidery needle. It’s like embroidering with a spear! If you’ve ever had trouble with french knots, definitely give these a go.

Tools & Toys Tuesday

Here’s my progress so far – erm, with 4 days to go, is it likely that I’ll finish before the end of the month? Yeah, not so much. But I’ll give it a sporting try!

French Knot Sampler: Milliner’s needles?!

Hi, guys! (*waves*) How have you been?! I so very much enjoyed my week-and-a-half-ish off from the world – if you’re an Instagrammer, you may have seen me spending the week cranking out a million little pouches / project bags, enjoying a sewing day with my sewing peeps, basking in the awesomeness of the Festival of Quilts, piecing a giganticus vintage sheet quilt top … lots of stuff I never get to do during normal weeks.

You probably didn’t see me doing many french knots. Erm. So, now I have about a week to go for my August sampler – the French Knot Tulip Field Sampler and I have pretty far to go. Like, kind of most of it. Oy vey! I know the lovely Jessica from PaperStitch has been stitching along and she’s definitely ahead of me — looks like my weekend’s going to be chock-full of french knots!

Milliner's needles?!

I do have one sampler-related thing to share / discuss though: milliner’s needles. I have to admit, I just don’t get it. I’ve read (from a very reputable source!) that milliner’s needles are good for a smooth french knot experience. Supposedly, their eyes are less shaped than the average embroidery needle, so they will go through your knot more smoothly. Hmph. In the photo above, the very left needle is a plain ‘ole embroidery needle, which is what I used for the first half-ish of my first section of knots. The middle needle is an unused milliner’s needle. The right-most is the one I switched to halfway though my knot section – not only is it all bent to hell, I absolutely didn’t find it any easier to use! Really really not. It was quite anti-climactic, to be honest. Perhaps my milliner’s needles are sub-par, or perhaps I’m using a smaller size than I should? I’ll continue tonight with a larger size and let you know how that goes.

In the meantime, have you ever used milliner’s needles? How’d that go?