FAQs

FAQs - Needles, Threads & Findings

What size needle should I use?

I prefer using a size 10 needle because I can't stand a bent needle! I also buy a very inexpensive brans called "Pony" but I know beaders who swear by the English needles. Many beaders prefer a size 12 which is smaller than a 10. As you may have guessed, the larger the size the smaller the needle!

Needle Size

Recommended for use with these beads:

Size 10 Delicas, 10° Seed Beads
Size 12 Delicas, 10° Seed Beads, 14° Seed Beads, Charlottes, 3 Cuts
Size 12 - Extra Long (3") Loom Delicas, 10° Seed Beads, 14° Seed Beads
Size 13 - Extra Long (3") Loom Delicas, 10° Seed Beads, 14° Seed Beads, Vintage 13°
Size 15 Vintage Beads 14° through 24°
Size 16 Vintage Beads 14° through 24°

What kind of thread should I use?

You can probably cause more contriversy among beaders with this question than any other! I prefer Silamide for almost all my projects and I can't abide Nymo. The next person you ask will probably give you the opposite answer! You can find a hint for threading Silamide on the Frog Stitch page of my Jump Start Classroom.