I am recently exploring a new craft: Nålebinding. I started using regular large plastic needles. But sadly, these are a little bit too small and soft for this craft, so the eyelets often break.
I have seen people using needles made from bone, antler or wood. Since I live in a woody area, I would like to know if anybody has experience in making needles from wood? It would have to look something like this:
I have some small woodworking tools, but I have never used them. They were a gift from somebody else that gave up on woodworking after not succeeding a few times.
So, my questions basically are:
- What is a good sort of wood to make a needle from?
- How do I start? Do I make the eyelet first, or the needle shape?
- Are there any things that I, as an absolute beginner, should be aware of?