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. Short darners are also referred to as cotton darners. They are strong hand sewing needles with sharp points and long threading eyes and are commonly used for mending and darning with wool and cotton. Folder of 10 needles.