Thursday, February 5, 2009

Festival of Broken Needles

This Sunday, February 8th, marks the observance of Hari-kuyo, Japan's Festival of Broken Needles. I found information on this intriguing festival of respect for our hard-working needles and pins here, here, here and here.

I have a little basket that overflows with packets of needles of all types (betweens, chenile, straw, tapestry, curved, embroidery, crewel, sewing, millners, leather just off the top of my head). I have pincushions, pin-keeps, needlecases, etc. While pins and needles no longer hold the monetary value they once did, they are our primary tool.

I just discarded two needles last week (by sticking them in a carrot end in the trash). One was nicked at the tip and the other kept cutting the thread, there must have been a burr in the eye. Now I rather wish I'd paid them a little more respect.


susan m hinckley said...

Hi, Marjorie -- Thanks for stopping by my blog, because it led me to yours! What a delightful tidbit of info for needle lovers everywhere. I'm going to make note of it on my calendar. Nothing makes me sadder than the death of a good needle -- I grow quite attached to them. And the carrot idea is great, I'd never thought of that.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Hi Marjorie! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for leaving me such interesting information regarding magazines re: smocking! I will check these out! So nic of you!!!

glamgirl said...

Hello, I found your blog through One World One Heart. I'm not entering your lovely draw as I am trying to sort out my stuff and am trying not so add more goodies to the pile but I just wanted to say Hi. I wonder if the festival is for knitting needles (I call them pins) as I have loads of bent ones of them. Take care