Cross stitch needle size guide

New to cross stitching or looking for a refresher on the basics? Our Cross Stitch for Beginners series is for you! Read all about the different tapestry needle sizes and how to pick the right size to match your fabric.

Cross stitch needles size guide

To cross stitch, use a tapestry needle, which has a blunt tip and larger eye than a regular sewing needle. It easily passes through the fibres of aida and evenweave.

Different needle sizes are available, with varying lengths and widths, so choose the best for your fabric – see our handy needle size guide for cross stitch below.

Other needles are useful too… try a fine beading needle for adding bead accents. You may also prefer a sharp-tipped embroidery (or crewel) needle to split aida blocks when stitching fractional stitches.

Needle size guide for cross stitch

You will need a blunt tapestry needle for cross stitch. Pick a size that matches the count of your fabric:

Tapestry needle size guide for cross stitch
  • 6-count aida fabric: Use a size 18 tapestry needle
  • 8-count aida fabric: Use a size 20 tapestry needle
  • 11 count aida fabric: Use a size 22 tapestry needle
  • 14-count aida fabric: Use a size 24 tapestry needle
  • 16-count aida fabric: Use a size 26 tapestry needle
  • 18-count aida fabric: Use a size 28 tapestry needle
  • 28-count evenweave fabric over two strands: Use a size 24 tapestry needle
  • 32-count evenweave fabric over two strands: Use a size 26 tapestry needle
  • 36-count evenweave fabric over two strands: Use a size 28 tapestry needle
  • 22-count hardanger fabric: Use a size 26 tapestry needle
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