The toes on these little guys are all bullion stitches, some of them requiring over 30 wraps! I wanted to stitch them with one continuous stitch, but it was really awkward to do these long bullions with a regular tapestry needle.
Thanks to a random phone request, I discovered Sashiko needles, made by Clover. Has anyone ever heard of these?
Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery ,using a basic running stitch through several layers of fabric, to create a patterned background. The needles are very long (over 2") and have a large oval eye. They have a sharp point, but a few stabs are a small price to pay for being able to make these bullions long enough to curve into toes.