She also sent me this as a surprise:
A needle threader in my favourite colour. I was a bit doubtful whether it would handle the tiny needles I use for applique and patchwork: #12 hand applique needles by Piecemaker. I'm happy to report it works perfectly and it saves an enormous amount of fiddling around with a thread and a tiny needle! It works just as well with DMC floss as with other threads. What a great idea!
Thank you so much, Michele, for making life easier.