Finally I took the plunge and had my best friend (who's been inking just under a year now) bring his set-up to my house and draw on me!
The needle and thread is obviously symbolic of what I do, it's probably what I always will do and if I don't, it still represents now, and that's a huge stepping stone of my life path. I also developed my love of home crafts from my grandmothers, who's sewing boxes gave me many happy hours sifting and sorting. (And some items I still use). The loopy flourish pattern is the first 'fancy' thing I ever learned to draw- my Dad used to do pinstripe detailing on trucks and hot rods (my Uncle is a vintage hod rod freak) and he taught me that little loopy loop. The dots are just embellishments I have a habit of doing!
I'm so happy the way it turned out- I couldn't have imagined it better.