agulhas / needles

Há dias a Trish Burr escreveu que as agulhas Richard Hemming & Son, originalmente made in England,  já não eram feitas em Inglaterra, mas na China. E a pergunta imediata que se faz é se as agulhas mantêm a qualidade que tinham.
Ontem a Mary Corbet escreveu também sobre agulhas. Vale a pena ler os dois artigos.

Some days ago Trish Burr wrote about
English Needles no longer made in England but in China. The question is have the needles the same quality?
Yesterday Mary Corbet has written The Broken Needle about the same subject. It’s worth reading the two articles.

Adenda: Today Mary writes again about needles!!!

Vem isto a propósito da última oficina de bordados em Oeiras, em que todas as participantes se queixaram da dificuldade de enfiar as agulhas.
Já anteriormente me tinha queixado, em Guimarães, que entortava (e até partia) agulhas sem fim, ultimamente. E que me parecia que as linhas esfiapavam muito no rabo da agulha (em inglês diz-se olho da agulha e o nosso vernáculo não se diz rabo…). Concordamos, então, que as agulhas andavam a perder qualidade. Foi por isso que quando vi as agulhas John James à venda (que nunca tinha visto nas nossas retrosarias) comprei muitas para as levar para Oeiras! E foram baratas…Nem reparei que não tinham o habitual Made in England.
E foi um ver se avias de trocas de agulhas e queixas… penso que naqueles artigos estará a resposta… :-|

All this about the last workshop of embroidery in Oeiras, in which all participants complained of difficulty in threading needles. Previously I had complained, in Guimaraes, my needles became curved (and even broken) after few time of stitching lately. And I notice the eye of the needles damage much more the threads now. We agreed  the needles are losing quality. That’s why when I saw the John James needles for sale (I had never seen in our shops before) bought many to take for Oeiras! I’ve not even noticed they haven’t the usual Made in England. And it was lots of needle exchanges and complaints… I think those articles give us the answer…

Conclusão: não temos escolha? lendo os comentários no artigo da Mary Corbet, percebemos que há uma marca de agulhas muito boa, Bohin, feita em França. Nunca as vi à venda por cá, mas já sabia da sua existência de anteriores artigos da Mary Corbet – mas não sabia que eram feitas em França! O site não vende online, mas acabei de lhes enviar um email e assim que tiver notícias partilho aqui.

Conclusion: have we any option? reading the comments on Mary’s post we know there are Bohin needles manufactured in France (so far…) and they are very very good and smooth. The site doen’t sell online, but I’ve just sent an email – as soon as I have news I would share here.

6 thoughts on “agulhas / needles

  1. I’ve seen Bohin’s available for sale at various embroidery on-line shops….tell me if you need help finding one if you can’t get them from Bohin themselves. It’s great that topic was raised by Mary and Trish, isn’t it! Certainly very important for us. I’m scared of using my Japanese ones – I’ll loose them for sure. Or the cats will eat them or something.(which would not be good). I’m saving them for that “ultimate” project in gold, which will happen … one day. No idea what it will be, tho.
    I feel frustrated that I have a whole storage box of needles, and now I don’t trust most of them. Trying them will tell, though.

  2. Hello Méri,
    If you encounter difficulties to find BOHIN needles, I can get them for you – just let me know. It is true, they are good needles, they never get curved.

  3. Last week I broke a whole pkg (20) of curved needles that I use for beading. No one in my area sells Bohin, so I’ll have to shop on line.John James are made in Taiwan and China.

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