Beading needles are traditionally soft and flexible, this makes them easier to use and get into tight little spots in your bead work. The number on the needle indicates the thickness of the needle with 10 being the thickest and 15 being the thinnest. The most popular size of beading needle is a size 10 needle. Size 10 beading needles will fit 8/0 and 11/0 seed beads. If you are going to be using size 15/0 beads then we recommend a size 12 beading needle and if you are going to be using Czech Charlottes or if you are going to be making multiple passes of the size 15 seed beads then you may want to switch to a size 15 beading needle.
We sell John James English Beading needles in sizes 10, 12, 13 and 15 which are great value for money and very soft and flexible, however they will become bent with use and will also break if they are put under too much strain. In addition to the most popular John James needles we also sell Japanese Tulip Beading Needles.
Tulip beading needles are a superior quality of needle that is extremely strong yet also very flexible. Tulip beading needles bend easily without breaking or warping, they return to shape even after repeated use. Tulip needles have very well finished gold plated eyes which makes them easier to thread than a regular beading needle and also less likely to fray your thread. You’ll also find that Tulip beading needles have a very slightly rounded tip which is great for preventing splitting your thread (or stabbing your fingers!). The smaller Tulip beading needles are higher in price than the larger ones, this reflects the fact that the smaller needles must be hand finished. If you’re serious about your beading then we think you’ll LOVE the Tulip needles – you can feel the difference in quality as soon as you open them.