New needles in the Pony range are black and NOT NICKEL PLATED. This comes as good news to allergy sufferers. These needles have a black non-reflective surface and a white eye, which is very soothing to the eye. Tapestry needles are great for cross stitch, embroidery and needlepoint. The extra long eye makes it easy to thread floss and yarn and the blunt point enables the needles to move smoothly through the weave of canvas, Aida fabric and even weave.