As for me, I have a little 'prying' tool. Well, doesn't that just sound both scandalous and nosy at the same time. LOL!!! Let me explain...
I found that I like using size 24 or 26 needles as they are big enough to hold.
The size 28 I like to stitch with makes maneuvering hard and counting needles have too sharp a point.
My current one is decorated, and I use that word very loosely, with ORTs from the purple Jessicas in Butterfly Garden.
|The outer layers of the rice stitches.|
|My prying needle at the top as it gently tugs the top layer to allow|
my stitching needle to come up under that thread.
|Finished rice stitches.|