Festival of Needles

5 02 2012

It is not something I have heard of before but the Japanese hold a Festival of Needles, Hari-Kuyo on February 8th ever year.  Women bring their broken or worn out needles to the ceremony to thank them for good service and they lay them to rest in jelly or tofu cakes.

The tradition has its roots in Buddhism and is based on the belief that even animated objects have a soul.

It seems appropriate that we are making needle books on February 8th this year.

There is a piece about it here  http://plays-with-needles.blogspot.com/2012/01/hari-kuyo-my-book-of-needles-and-next.html

Here are some links for ideas for needle cases and there are photos in an older post:

Hexagon  http://mythreesonsknit.blogspot.com/2010/05/hexagon-needle-book-tutorial_1452.html

Patchwork  http://nanacompany.typepad.com/nanacompany/2011/10/needlebook-tutorial-by-nanacompany.html

Toadstool http://generationqmagazine.com/2011/12/everyday-handmade-needle-book-pattern-and-a-challenge/

 


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