I read a book by Victoria Hislop this week called The Thread It is all about a girl / woman who spends her life sewing, embroidering and tailoring. (It also covers 2 world wars, a love story and the modern history of Thessaloniki.)
The book really inspired me to sew lots more and I decided to do some embroidery.
The brooch is basically all thread (with some little black beads and a backing fabric). I love that you can make something 3d out of just thread. It is only a couple of inches across and I have attached a pin on the back so I can wear it.