Thank you for all the very kind birthday messages.
I like small things – particularly scale models. I like to see life-sized details replicated on a small scale. Some of us think large and like to see the bigger picture from a distance; some of us zoom in to study the minutiae, to see the details magnified. One of my best birthday gifts – a little treasure that will always make me think of my mum and smile – was this little model sewing machine that will keep needles safe. My mum is very good at many things, and particularly at choosing thoughtful presents.
And needles, too, are small things – with many small details to consider. I use John James needles because, in my view, they are the best. They are still made in England and have been produced in the traditional way by the same company since 1840. They are strong, flexible and reliable. They tend to have a slightly tapering body, which results in a finer point. Many cheap needles are cylindrical with a sharpened point at the end, and these can be more difficult to stitch with, particularly when you’re stitching through several layers.
I wonder what our world would have been without the invention of this little tool.