**I wound up remaking this needle book. The new photos are here. **
Earlier this week, I received some serious blog love from Cynthia Treen, the author of Last-Minute Fabric Gifts. She is a fiber artist and the genius behind so many of my must-be-completed-in-one-afternoon-or-will-never-happen sewing projects.
Treen found Two Kitties on the interwebs, and extended the sewing basket of friendship via email. It really meant something to me.
When I reflect back on how and why I started blogging, I often think of her, because at the time I was working steadily through that book to keep from going crazy during a long, Montana winter. If you've been reading me a long time, you might remember the sheep.
Looking at some of the posts Treen called her favorites, it is interesting to observe just how much I've learned about digital photography over the past couple of years. And, looking at the photo above, just how much more there is to know. I have yet to master macro, and yet to master good photographs of my own work. A resolution for 2009.
This afternoon, as a kind of steam punk thank you, I made Cynthia a small, sheep needle book from felted wool. He folds open to reveal a felt strip where Cynthia can store her needles. I also tufted his head so she can use him as a pin cushion while she works. His body is decorated with vintage buttons that can be cut off and used for her various projects. It's so much cooler in person!