Friday, February 8, 2013

Broken Needle Festival

Today is the Japanese Festival in honor of your worn and broken pins and needles.  I posted on Flying Fingers Plus about it.  

I have piles of pin cushions, needlebooks and pinkeeps. I love making them.
Here are a few in honor of the day.
Half-doll pincushion with emory.
Crewel Scissors Case with pincushion fob.
Patchwork Biscornu.
Felt bottle cap eye pincushion.
Needlefelted pincushion. It's thick and large to hold my felting needles.
Bottle cap Sushi pincushion.
Assorted bottle cap and pull ring pincushions.
Crewel needlebook
Two-sided felt pincusion


Mosaic Magpie said...

I love your pincushions, especially the half doll one. What does the cross stitch saying you have stitched say?

Moonsilk Stitches said...

I thought as I posted the pix that I should include the verse--but I couldn't remember it. I didn't like the verse on the original design and thus the project languished for years. But I did love the idea, and I finally found a verse I liked to substitute. "I cannot count the day complete 'till needle, thread, and fabric meet." (I had to go look at the doll to double check it. My memory is so bad!)

lynda said...

I love that one too...where did you find the pattern? All of your pincushions are wonderful...such a variety!

Moonsilk Stitches said...

This was a very old pattern. I finished the doll in 2010 but I bet I got the pattern at least five years earlier, perhaps more. The pattern was "Pin Cushion Doll and Strawberry Emery" from Makeit by Sewing Chest Designs. I don't know if they're still around.

Susan Elliott said...

I too love that half doll cushion and the sentiment even more so. You are indeed a venerable keeper of the needle with all of these magnificent ways of housing/honoring them. May your next Needle Year be full of blessings and beautiful stitches, Susan

underatopazsky said...

Really enjoyed seeing all your pincushions and needle keepers. Great idea for a needle felted one to house needlefelting needles.

Jenny Woolf said...

These are beautiful. I just found a 1930s china doll who is spposed to go on top of a pincushim.... a bit like in your first picture