Gold Straw needles retain all of the same fine qualities as the Foxglove Cottage regular Straw needles plus a new 24 Karat gold finish. The gold finish strengthens the needle, especially the size 11, which is prone to bend easily. The straw or milliners needle is best known for use in hand applique; the needle has a narrow shank that glides easily through several layers of fabric. The eye of the needle is punched within the shank, so it does not hesitate at the eye when pulled through fabric. The needle is also useful for basting, hand piecing (ie English paper piecing) & applique. Package contains one needle each of sizes 8, 9, 10, and 11.