These DMC needles are ideal for Cross Stitch. They have a blunt tip with 24k gold plating. The reason that gold is an advantage is that it stops the eye rusting. A lot of us wet our threads to past them through the eye and over time this can cause the metal to rust and it starts to catch your thread and damage it. The gold doesn’t rust so your thread isn’t damaged at all. Size 26 are suitable for 16 and higher count fabrics.