Tapestry needles come in a wide variety of sizes. The larger the size number is, the smaller the needle.
Size of Needles (left to right): Size 28, Size 26, Size 24, Size 22, Size 20, Size 18, and Size 16.
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come in a wide range of sizes. The needles shown here range from Size 28 (the smallest) to size 16 (the largest). Tapestry Needles are available in up to size 13.
The size of the needle used for a project depends on the fabric count
For large count Aida fabric, a large needle such as a size 18 needle may be used. For fine linen and evenweave fabrics, a tiny size 28 needle may be needed, especially if the design includes petite cross stitch.
The tapestry needle chosen for each project should be large enough to push aside the fibers of the fabric.