|Needles.—The best “embroidery needles” for ordinary
crewel handwork are Nos. 5 and 6. For coarse “sailcloth,”
“flax,” or “oatcake,” No. 4. For frame embroidery,
or very fine handwork, the higher numbers,
from 7 to 10.
It is a mistake to use too fine a needle. The thread of crewel or silk should always be able to pass loosely into the eye, so as not to require any pulling to carry it through the material.
Scissors should be finely pointed, and very sharp.
[Pg 2] Thimbles which have been well worn, and are therefore smooth, are best. Some workers prefer ivory or vulcanite. Two thimbles should be used for framework.
Prickers are necessary for piercing holes in gold embroidery, and also for arranging the lie of the thread in some forms of couching.