February 9th, 2011
An email was sent out informing members at Stitchin Fingers about a special event, “Needle Festival”. Yes I am a day late….opps.
This is a quote from the email:
“In Japan, the Hari-Kuyo ceremony is held once a year on 8th February. Women bring their broken or worn out needles to the “Broken Needle Festival” to thank them for good service and lay them to rest in a soft jelly or tofu cakes. This 400-year old tradition has its roots in Buddhism and is based on the belief that even animated objects have a soul. I do not know much about the ceremony or the beliefs behind it but when I first read about Hari-kuyo, the idea of paying my respects to my needles seemed entirely appropriate.
It has been a long time since I have actually taken everything out of my needle box or even had them all in one place. I usually have several projects going at one time with my needles in different project bags. So I collected all my pincushions and needle holders to take this picture.
I have also added a new page “Pincushions” to my site. You can see individual pictures there. I enjoy making them as gifts for my crafty friends.