Finding ways to keep trackof your needles when you are stitching is bad enough, but finding places to store them is even worse. Gone are the days when needles were so precious you kept them in small decorated vials kept on your chatelaine.
If you are like me and you stitch everywhere with different techniques and different mesh, the problem is compounded. You have to keep needles in different places and have separate storage for different types and sizes.
The Needle Twister is a two-part tube a little more than 3″ tall, coming in assorted colors. It looks like a fat lipstick tube and operates the same way. Take off the top and twist the bottom and the needles come up, just like the picture. There is a magnet at the bottom of the tube that holds the needles securely in place. The magnet sits at the bottom of a little well that helps hold the needles straight.
When in the down position, the needles are protected and straight in the tube. When up they splay out to make it easy to select one. I have #20 “Tapestry needles in mine and it’s deep enough for them with about 1/3” leftover. You can twist it all the way up so that you can use this to store even very short needles. Right now mine is holding about 25 needles and it’s not full.
Tests & Tips
The magnet is very strong. I dropped mine with the top off and none of the needles fell out completely. Since needles and tacks falling happens to me often, I like this security.
I also found that the top clicks into place to hold it closed securely. After you close the twister, just press up on the bottom. The click tells you its secure.
Because it can fit a wide range of sizes, you need to be careful not to open it too far. If you do the needles will splay too much and will fall out. I found that exposing 1/3 to 1/2 of the needles’ length was perfect.
This is a great compact tool for storing your needles.