You will need a fine needle that passes through the centre of your beads. Try a size 28 tapestry or a beading needle. Milward bead embroidery needlesNeedles are essential for cross stitching. It is a good idea to have a selection of tapestry needles in different sizes in your workbox for the different sizes of fabric you use. Other useful needles include a crewel needle for working with waste canvas, and beading needles, which are much finer for adding beads to your designs. are shorter than standard beading needles.