‘Tulip’ is based in Hiroshima, Japan, where the tradition of needle-making dates back over 300 years, and where 90% of Japan’s needles are still manufactured. In 2013, to celebrate Tulip’s 65th anniversary, the company developed their current range of over 50 types of specialist needle, harnessing cutting-edge precision technology to produce a premium product. I have tried many, many types and brands of needles over the years, my preference being for the glorious packets of antique needles, which are of course tricky to source in sufficient quantity. Until I tried Tulip needles, I had not been able to find any to replicate the smoothness, accuracy and delicacy of antique needles. Tulip needles provide this and more.
The needles are packed in lovely little, clear acrylic tubes with cork stopper and anti-tarnish paper, displayed in their beautiful colour coded cardboard packets which are too lovely to throw away. The needles command a premium price, but the quality is worth every penny.
- Easy Threader Needles Assorted – (6 needles, 2 each of 3 sizes for general sewing and embroidery) These are threaded by slotting the thread into a barely visible guided slit in the top of the needle eye. Vastly easier than threading and the thread remains securely in the eye during use. Excellent for anyone who find threading difficult and for children learning to stitch.