In this ongoing series, I am inspired by the retro graphics of vintage needle books and sewing notions. I recreate the needle books as facsimiles in ink and use them as book covers. The pages are drawings of various notions and other related items on Frankfurt paper. Each needle book has a wrapper made from St. Armand handmade paper, with a drawing of a threaded needle using real thread.


Stay Sharp


Hand drawn needle book, pen and ink on paper. 16 pages. Price on request



Full Speed Needle Book, hand-drawn needle book with drawing of vintage snap cards. Pen and ink on paper. $1,000

McClary’s Stove


Ink on paper with threaded drawn needle. 2” square when closed. Based on an actual vintage needle book.


Sweetheart Needle Book, 2017

Sweetheart needle books is 12 pages of drawings of men's shirt button cards, front and back. It is painted with ink and was and silver Finetec paint. It is housed in a handmade paper wrapper with a drawing of a needle, threaded with actual thread. It measures 5" h x 7"w when opened. It is a unique book that is part of an ongoing series of objects created from drawings of sewing notions. Price on request.

Rocket Needle Book, 2015

Sewing Notions & Miniature Machines

This needle book holds two 12 pages books, one with images of sewing notions such as needle books, button cards, and other ephemera. The other is filled with miniature sewing machines, which we seem to have an abundance of in my house!

In the Collection of the Allen Library at the University of Washington in Seattle




Pico Needle Book, 2016


The 16 pages are filled with drawings of various needle packs. The title page shows stitching samples done with embroidery thread. There is a drawn needle threaded with embroidery floss on the colophon page.   Private Collection



Modern Needle Book, 2016 

Buttons, Hooks & Snaps

On the inside cover the this book there is a drawn paper facsimile of an embroidery needle pack. The 16 page book shows the front and back of button, snap and hook cards. Private Collection

Starlite Needle Book, 2017

Tiny Sharps

There are 8 pages in this miniature needle book. The closed book cover measures 3.25" h x 1.75" w. The images are ink drawn replicas of tiny needle packs. The last page holds a removable threader made of paper. Price on Request.

Alberly Coffee Needle Book, 2017

This book, based on a promotional give away, is drawn with ink. The closed book measures 3"h x 4.25 w". Inside there is a drawn copy of a needle pack that opens and a drawing of needles, one of which is threaded. Private Collection