Milliners Applique and Embroidery Needle Size 1 from English Manufacturer Richard Hemming. Nickel plated needles are a long thin needle with a round eye and a sharp tip. Also known as straw needles, the eye portion of the needle is the same diameter as the rest of the needle, making the needle very useful for wrapped embroidery stitches. Needles are used for hand sewing, embroidery and applique. Needles packaged in a blister pack, twelve needles per package. .