These needles are from John James and are ideal for Cross Stitch and Tapestry. They are gold plated and have a blunt tip which means they easily pass through your fabric holes. The gold plating means that the needles do not rust as other needles can plus they are easier to find if you accidentally drop them. Size 28 are suitable for 18 count & higher fabrics as they are a very fine needle with a large eye. Size 26 are suitable for fabrics with a count of 16 or higher. Size 24 are the largest needles and they are suitable for 11 to 16 count fabrics.