Saturday, March 10, 2012
Hari-Kuyo Needlebook finished.
I just completed my first Hari-Kuyo needlebook!
Susan Elliott has been running a very successful e-course for this book. There have been participants from several states in the USA, France, Norway, United Kingdom, Canada, Greece and Australia. A truly worldwide gathering of ladies eager to learn from a very talented embroiderer.
Here is the kit I started with, along with some embroidery threads I added.
I gathered supplies from my stash for 2 more needlebooks:
The fabrics in this one are from old kimonos.
William Morris fabrics and my favourite colours.
All the pages for the needlebooks are wool felt.
The first step was to embroider the flower for the cover:
Next the embroidery for the inside back cover:
This is the part of the book that takes it far beyond any other needlebook. This page is for keeping worn and broken needles until February 8th, when, every year, Hari-Kuyo, or the Festival of Broken needles is held. Hari-Kuyo is a fascinating tradition from Japan where people bring their worn and broken needles to a shrine where the needles are placed in tofu. The tofu acts to sooth and protect the needles. By this act the needle workers are showing gratitude and respect to the needles. In Japan they believe that all objects have a soul and that these objects receive part of our soul when we use them.
If you would like to read more, go here and here for a very good explanations of the tradition.
My book complete with labelled pages and needles:
To learn more about the e-course click on the button on my sidebar.
I have started embroidering the front cover for my second book.
Have a great weekend, everyone.