After searching a bit on the internet, I found the best price for John James #28 Petit Tapestry needles (not gold or platinum) to be at 123 stitch. They quote their price to be $1.96 for a 5 needle card, and shipping cost is $2.00, which is the best I've seen. Even after the Canadian-American exchange, it's not a bad price.
Well, I must say all this petite business sounds very exciting! I'd never run across them before but I'm always one to try new things. I just hope I can handle them- I find my regular needle hard enough to see as it is!
Well, I did end up getting some petites (at my favourtie online store of course!) and I'm glad to say that I don't find them too difficult to handle at all! Mind you, I'm not sure how some of you managed to use them as double-pointed needles: the eye is still the same size and with the floss running along side it, I think it would stretch the hole. No? Anyway, I can't say they've improved my speed at all (and not much will as speed is not really one of my priorities in stitching) because of course I'm using a hoop and so still work by the one-handed stab method, but they are already saving me some floss at the end of each length and sometimes being able to do just one or two more stitches means finishes a section instead of having to reload and come back for just one more stitch! A very good thing!
Ah, a happy little stitcher am I !
I have just recently gotten some of the petites from some of my internet stitching friends, and I tell you, the first night I used them, I dropped them a few times. Now, when I use a regular needle, it's so huge! And getting that one or two extra stitches out of a length of thread - WooHoo!