Tapestry 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 nickel plated and over time they will tarnish. Eventually they will become so rough they snag the threads, and will have to be replaced. If you want your needles to last longer, try using gold-plated ones. These are also very smooth to sew with.