Topics: Beading Needles, Sizes

Q.
Which English beading needle is the smallest? Which is the largest?
- Pauline, MT
A.
Size 13 is the thinnest and size 10 is the thickest English beading needle. Like wire, the larger the number, the finer the diameter. The length of English beading needles ranges from 1-3/16 to 3 inches long.

Needle size and bead size do not directly correspond. Size 12 or 13 needles work well with size 15/0 beads and size 10 works well with 11/0 beads. Refer to the ''Needle Size Chart'' for information on needles and their applications with different beads and materials.

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