Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Distributor for Tulip Co, needle manufacturer in Hiroshima Japan

Please see TulipBeadingNeedles.com for a list of some stores carrying Tulip.


Please ask your bead store to stock these exquisite beading needles. Have them call me to place their order 845-384-6417 E.S.T.

item and its recommended retail price:
Beading Needles, 4, size 10 long $ 4.95
Beading Needles, 4, size 10 sharp (short) $4.95
Beading Needles, 4, size 11 $4.95
Beading Needles, 2, size 13 $14.00
Loom work Beading Needles, 5, $3.50
Tapestry Needles, for bead crochet, set of 3 sizes $3.00
Twisted Needle for stringing beads for crochet, 2, $7.80
Fine Beading Awl with cap $7.93


Tulip beading crochet hooks $9.99 each:
Sucre with Cushion Grip size No. 0 1.75mm
Sucre with Cushion Grip size No. 2 1.50mm
Sucre with Cushion Grip size No. 4 1.25mm
Sucre with Cushion Grip size No. 6 1.00mm
Sucre with Cushion Grip size No. 8 0.90mm
Set of Sucre with Cushion Grip: 0,2,3,4,5, in a case $49.99


Needle Felting Tools:
Felting Needle Replaceable FELTOMO $12.00
Feltinfg Needle FELTOMO cushion Grip $7.48
Replacement Felting Needle, thick, 2 $4.03
Replacement Felting Needle, fine, 2 $4.03
Triple Needle (replaceable) Holder $10.70
Pink Thimble, 2 $7.36

Here is how it came about: I was introduced to Mr. Harada, owner of Tulip Co., a needle manufacturing company, when I taught for the first time in Japan. He later sponsored the book I wrote about feltmaking for the Japanese craft market published by Patchwork Tsushin Ltd. (His company also manufactures felt needles and supplies.) When the book was published (in Japanese, translated by Motoko Natsubori) Tulip Co invited me for book signing and demonstrations at their booth at the Great International Quilt Show the next January. Then in June, fresh from the Bead & Button Show, I joined them for their first exhibit at TNNA in Columbus Ohio, to meet potential distributors for their line of fine quilting needles, crochet hooks, knitting needles and needle felting supplies. I developed friendships with a couple of the executive women in Mr. Harada's company. I love that women hold key roles in Tulip Co.
Tulip is known for their fine quality quilt needles. When we discussed their beading needles, they asked me to answer questions and correspond with their product development people. Long story short. Uh, too late???? I wrote to Tulip that we "want flexible needles that will bend into and through tight spaces and beads that are spaced so perfectly close to each other. Needles that are flexible and springy." This means that they would not become S-shaped with use, they would return to straight.
Those correspondences happened last June during Bead and Button Show, on wifi in the hotel lobby. In December they sent me the first needles produced in response to these specs. They are indeed flexible and springy. The eye is easy to thread. The tip is rounded slightly to slide easily into beads while preventing splitting the thread. I have used only size 11 and these are what I bought up before flying home this January so I could share them with U.S. Beaders. They are a comfortable length. They fit readily into size 15 seed beads. In a couple months of offering them to my students and on my website, at $5 per package of 4, I have very few left. Every week I receive phone calls or email testimonials. Beaders report longevity with a single needle. That their needle remains quite straight, despite their experience of beading with curved needles after just a short while with any other needle. That the needle threads easily. That they experience less hand fatigue. That the beading experience is smoother. It gives me goosebumps to read the glowing assessment of Tulip beading needles.
The size 13 is most amazing. The eye accomodates 10# fireline AND passes through a size 15 Japanese seed bead 5 times. When I told of this on the phone the other day, it felt like a lie, although I did this several times when showing them to beaders at the Great International Quilt Show in Tokyo in January. It kept me awake that night. I came to the studio, threaded one OF THE TWO size 13 needles i have, with 10# fireline and passed through a sizs 15 seed bead 5 times! Yup. It is true.




In addition to the size 11 beading needles I brought from Japan, I'll distribute their fabulous awl



...If you can't tease the knot open with this then put your beads away!



And of couse all the sizes of beading needles: 10 in long and un sharp, 11, and 13 plus a set of tapestry needles and loom beading needles.
Oh, did I mention their felting needles? Nickel plated, smooth and downright luxurious.
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  1. How can I get these needles? I don't have a store that will stock them--for some reason, Nebraska isn't big on beading. :)

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