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« on: June 18, 2012 11:07:17 AM »

Over the years I have had a variety of methods for storing needles none of which I particularly liked. As I was reorganizing my work space yesterday I once again started thinking about possible solutions.
I wanted something that was easy to access, would protect the needles, and would protect me from the needles.

This is what I ended up making this morning - a variation on a jewelry roll.


The layer of batting on the inside holds the needles nicely in place and should also help to prevent rust. I just need to make a couple more of these needle rolls so that I have a different roll for each of the different size needles that I use.

How do you store your needles???
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2012 07:10:10 PM »

this is clever! I wouldnt' have thought of it... Knitting needles, crochet hooks, crayons, sure, but not my needle felting needles.  I just store them in the envelope they came in Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2012 01:37:11 AM »

I used to do that before I started buying needles in bulk. I don't go through a lot of needles, but I was using a lot of needles for casting my tools so the needles were getting handled and then set aside without actually being used for felting. Any time needles are handled (and also exposed to things like casting resin) they have an increased chance of rusting. I have a new system for casting my tools, so I don't have to use good needles anymore, but it still saves money to buy needles in bulk so I wanted a safe way to store and protect them! =^..^=
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2012 08:11:35 AM »

Ah, so many rolls on here on C-ster for different tools' storage, why not needle felting needles?
I only have the 4 needles that came with my Learn to Felt kit a couple months ago, but the first thing I did for them was felt little balls to stab them in. I keep them in the plastic bag they came in poked into these balls so they don't poke out and get me when I pull them from the drawer. I even made the balls match the color on the top of them so I know which needle is which.
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2012 08:44:03 AM »

That's a good solution, Jexxican!! It's always nice to be able to quickly identify the size of a needle.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2012 11:28:59 AM »

I just have my small collection stuck into foam or wool balls, but I have made rolls for other people. I stitched plastic coffee stirrers into the roll to hold the needles instead of cloth pockets. (for any young folk, old school coffee stirrers are skinny plastic straws with a plastic section in the middle of the straw, kind of like slashed zero (again with the old-school)). The stirrers are narrow enough to hold the needles tightly.
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012 03:28:39 AM »

Good idea! Some of the needles I have purchased over the years have come stuck in coffee stirrers which is a good way to protect the tips and fingers! =^..^=
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2013 10:41:24 AM »

Where does one find the old school coffee stirrers?  I can't find ANY with the seam down the middle and narrow holes on either side.  I find only single hold stirrers.  The coffee stirrer idea works best for me.  Does anyone know of a brand name?  Thank you!
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2013 03:32:37 AM »

These look like they may be the type of stirrer you are looking for:

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/7-red-and-white-coffee-stirrer-1000-pack/999858.html
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2013 12:08:35 PM »

I have many of mine stuck in piece of cardboard.

The inside of cardboard has the perfect grooves for storing needles. 
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