A tapestry needles is one of the most utilized tools by weavers. Here is some information about tapestry needles.

What is a tapestry needle?

A tapestry needle is a blunt needle used to sew yarn or string into fabric or between woven yarns. A tapestry needle has a large, wide eye, which makes it easier to thread thicker yarns or several strands of thread through it.

tapestry needle for weaving

What is the tapestry needle made of?

Tapestry needles are usually made of plastic or metal but also thin, flat wood. Some are straight, bent, and curved. Tapestry needles vary in size length and shape. The higher the needle number, the thinner the needle will be. Having a lower needle number means that the needle will be thicker.

How do you use a tapestry needle?

A tapestry needle has a wide eye that a thicker yarn or several thread strands can be threaded through. The nature of the size and bluntness of the needle is to not damage the fabric when finishing knitting or crochet projects, creating and finishing tapestry weaving.

After you have threaded the eye, you can embroider a plastic canvas or on Aida cloth, sew crochets or knitted pieces together, weaving a tapestry and so on.

How to use a tapestry needle for weaving?

  1. If you do not have a lot of warp yarns to weave between, a tapestry needle can be an alternative way to weave instead of using a yarn bobbin.
  2. A tapestry needle can also be used to change yarns in the same row. You can find a tutorial here on this blog post.
  3. It can also be used to connect or interlock yarns in the same row. Learn to interlock weave here on this blog post.
  4. It can be used for finishing weaving. When sending the yarn ends and the remaining warp yarns into the piece, a tapestry needle glides between the woven yarns with out damaging the piece.


A tapestry needle is a staple weaving tool with many uses. I like to keep a few different sizes nearby while weaving for different tasks. It is one of my personal top 3 tools. For a list of 10 essential weaving tools, check out this previous blog post.

How kind of tapestry needle do you prefer to use? Leave a comment below and let me know

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