Tip to take care of the needles: Puncture, don’t wiggle!
Please note that the felting needles are fragile. Make sure that you always puncture the needle at the same angle and take it out on that angle again. Avoid lateral tension, do not wiggle! It is wise to always have some extra needles in stock in case the needle brakes.
Overview of all the needles:
332 – 3- sided rough
Universal needle for use with coarse to medium fine wool, intended for the rapid and overall modeling of a basic shape. This is a good needle for attaching pieces and large surfaces. When working with fine material this needle might make uneven punctured looking surface.
340 – 3- sided fine
A fine needle for detail work and getting a neat surface. Best not to use it when working with very course fibres or for rough sculpting/bulk work. Universal needle for use with fine wool, intended for modeling details and also very suitable for application work. This needle is also an inexpensive replacement needle for the Clover sprung needle holder.
343 – 3- sided extra fine
To use with very fine wool, for application work on fine fabrics such as silk and pinching very fine details.
438 – 4 sided fine
(38 gauge star)
To use with fine wool, ideal for evenly distributing the fine wool, such as for example Merino wool on a basic shape already felted with the coarse felting needle. A 4-sided needle has a body with extra barbs, compared to a 3-sided, which makes the needle felting quicker. Certainly if you prick at an oblique angle, as in the case of superficial and detailed work, you notice the difference.
R32 – reverse
(3- sided rough, 32 gauge reverse barb)
With this felting needle, the barbs are arranged in the opposite direction. So basically it seems you pull the fibers out of the feltwork. For example, you can needle the fibers out of a surface for that hairy creature you are working on and make a nice coat felt piece. Also handy for mixing different colors.
T40 – twisted
(3-sided fine, 40 gauge twisted)
With this felting needle the barbs are placed on twisted ribs. This allows you to use the entire cross-section of the needle, not just three or four lanes, such as with a straight-line needle. This makes this needle work more effectively and therefore faster.