I now carry John James No. 12 Crewel Embroidery Needles which are the finest surface embroidery needles available.
The needles are slender with a long eye and sharp point and bend less easily in comparison to No. 12 Short Beading needles.
I recommend using the No. 12 Crewel Embroidery Needles for sewing down Purl Metal threads and fine surface embroidery techniques such as Needle Painting embroidery and Fine White Work.