Large Eye Beading Needle, just what is one and why use it instead of a large eye regular needle.
Whenever I use beads or sequins in a pattern I design I always state in the "materials needed" a large eye beading needle.
To the left you will see a picture of a large eye beading needle next to a sewing needle large enough to take size 10 crochet thread.
The large eye beading needle is thinner than a regular sewing needle or tapestry needle and usually pointed on both ends instead of just one.
A regular sewing needle has a very specific size "eye" or opening where the thread is to go through. If you need a bigger eye for a thicker thread you will then need a bigger needle.
And that was always the problem when I went to thread the beads or sequins onto my crochet thread. If I had a needle with an eye large enough to take the crochet thread then it was too thick to take the size E beads or sequins I wanted to use.
I naturally went to a larger size bead. It worked, but the bead was heavier and I didn't get the look I was after and until recently, sequins all had the same size hole, unless of course you wanted to make the hole bigger...one by one...yeah, me either.
Then I found the large eye beading needle. As you can see in the picture to the left, same needle as before, but what an eye!
No matter how thick the string, yarn, cord, whatever, it always fits!
Because the beading needle is basically just two pieces of thin wire connected at each end you can use size E beads and sequins on size 10 crochet thread without a problem.
I love them! Except when I polk myself in the hand because both ends are pointy--which happens to me a lot, but I've also stabbed myself with regular sewing needles so deep I bleed as well. In other words, its probably me not the needle at fault.
Large Eye Beading needles can be found in the bead and jewelry isle in most craft stores. Just look for the area with the findings and you'll find an entire array of beading needles.