As needle felting has become very popular there has been an influx of dubious quality far eastern made needles. Having had a quality inspection made the results show poorly formed barbs that are likely to cut fibres. Poor quality hardening and tempering making them brittle. Shaft diameters not being precise, this could cause problems in fitting into precision holding tools.
Triangular needles have downward facing barbs along each their 3 edges. If you're not sure what size to get then we recommend the 36 gauge as being a good general use size. The workhorse needle of the range.
These needles allow the pre-felting process to take place without the need for soap and water, as well as being used to create 3D forms. To do this they have a series of barbs along the working edge that grab the fibres and move them around. They are produced in different thickness gauges; the larger the needle gauge the finer the needle.
Whilst all of the needles will tolerate a small amount of bending, too much and they will break. As such a straight in and-and-out action will ensure a long life for the needle. A well used needle will wear out the barbs before it breaks.
These needles will fit into all of the needle felting tools we stock.All our needles are high quality European manufacture, not low quality far eastern made.
Back in the mid 1800's the method of cutting notches into wire was developed and the first needlepunch looms came into production making flat sheets of felt.
In the mid 1900's it was discovered in America that they could be used singly by hand and needlefelting began to be developed as a craft