Handsewing Itty, Bitty Animals

It is so inspiring to talk to artists and designers, and this week I had the chance to speak with Cynthia Treen, who designs handstitching kits and patterns for her threadfollower business.

Cynthia Treen of threadfollower.

Born to a crafty set of parents, Cynthia has been making things since she was a child. She studied industrial design at Rhode Island School of Design, and worked for an architect and a clothing designer before she began designing sewing patterns for Martha Stewart's Martha by Mail. 

"I always knew I wanted to be in a creative business," Cynthia says. "I've always been in the right place at the right time, meeting people interested in the same things."

Cynthia, who lives in Rhode Island, started her threadfollower line two and a half years ago. She had been freelancing and working on other projects, but says she wanted to simplify the work she was doing. 

The result? Her own business, which offers kits and patterns for myriad furry little creatures that fit in the palm of your hand-kangaroos, piglets, cats, penguins, canaries, and more. 

"That's been fantastic, it's been really fun to do," Cynthia says.

Cynthia is hosting a live web seminar on Friday, March 28, at 1 p.m. EST. Participants will be learn how to make a felt rabbit and carrot. Tips, tricks, and detail photos of all the steps will also be provided. Visit the Make an Heirloom Lop-Eared Rabbit Live Web Seminar page at the Sew Daily Shop to sign up.

Do you like to sew small animals or items? Have you used kits before? I can't wait to hear. 

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Abby Kaufman

About Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

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  1. Is there anyway you can contact cynthia and ask her if has or would be willing to make a pattern for a “Javelina”? My daughter is a senior at a high school which now 4 years old. She will be in the first graduating class (#14 in a class of 378!). Anyway, the mascott is a Javelina. She will be attending Texas A&M at Kingsville Texas in August (Also, Javelinas) and I would love to make her a little one to take. Since our high school is so new, the stores in this area have not come up with anything yet. For her high school mum, I used a machine embroidery pattern I bought just before her freshman year and stiffened it up to put on the mum.