Blue - 32 gauge / 8x0x0 barbs / 3 inchUse Blue for coarse and medium fibre. This needle has all eight barbs on one side in very close barb spacing, concentrated on one edge. This needle is particularly prone to breaking if side pressure is applied.
Brown - 40 gauge / 3x3x3 barbs / 3 inch / fastUse Brown for medium wools, such as Corriedale and Halfbred, and other fibres of similar diameter such as human hair and Hemp, and for fast, early-stage felting of fine wools such as Polworth and Merino, and other fibres of similar diameter such as Alpaca, Silk, and fine manmade fibres such as rayon, Soy silk, and Ingeo if they are being used for the bulk of the project or surface irregularity is not an issue. This needle is not recommended for attaching fine embellishing fibres.
Burgundy - 38 gauge / 2x2x2 barbs / 3.5 inch / all-purposeUse Burgundy for medium wools, such as Corriedale and Halfbred, and initial felting of fine wools and similar fibres, such as Merino, Angora, Alpaca, Silk and fine manmade fibres such as Rayon, Soy silk, Ingeo, if they are being used for the bulk of the project. This needle is not recommended for attaching fine fibres as an embellishment.
Yellow - 40 gauge / 2x2x2 barbs / 3.5 inchUse Yellow for coarse or medium wool projects and as a finishing needle for coarse wools such as Romney, Leicester and Lincoln and fibres of similar diameter. Leaves less pronounced puncture marks than Brown. Close barb spacing like Orange but works over a greater depth.
Orange - 40 gauge / 2x2x2 barbs / 3 inchUse Orange as a finishing needle for all fibres, but particularly medium to fine wools.
Gold - 40 gauge / 3x3x0 barbs / 3 inchUse Gold for firming and finishing of fine wools such as Merino and Polworth, and fibres of similar diameter such as Angora, Alpaca, Silk, and manmade fibres such as Rayon, Soy silk and Ingeo.
Cream - 40 gauge / 2x2x2 barbs / 3.5 inch / MerinoUse Cream for early and firming stages of felting for fine wools or for fast deep action with easy penetration on medium wool. The Cream needle works particularly well for Merino when other needles seem to not grip the fibre. This needle tends to bend easily.
I'm a textile and fibre arts researcher, and teacher. For the past 15years I have spun on both a wheel and drop spindle, weave on a modern loom as well as on an ancient warp weight loom and felt. My passion is the ancient arts!
I am also a seamstress, studying to be a tailor. I make clothing for the re-enactors