So first came the making of the tools ... I repurposed my old stump anvil into my needle anvil and I used a piece of antler to make a "pinner's bone" - the anvil and pinner's bone both have grooves in them to hold the needle straight as you shape it.
I then needed to make a piercing chisel to punch the eye and a round and square reamer to finish shaping the eye. I still don't have access to my smithing equipment, so I improvised by using large framing nails, my grinder and a propane torch to fashion these tools - the reamers have reindeer antler
The first 2 pictures show the finished bronze hammered needle on the lead block and the remainder of the tapered strip it was hammered from (ready for the next needle). I was really amazed at how well it turned out (I've been wanting to make Leslie period hammered needles for a while) and I'm excited to make more bronze needles as well as iron/mild steel needles and maybe even some silver needles (for that extra special touch) ... I have decided that all my needles will be hammered - everyone else makes bronze/copper wire needles