You may remember that early last year I participated in an online course to make a needlebook with Susan of Plays With Needles. Click here for my post when I finished my first needlebook. It explains a little about the construction of the needlebook and a short explanation of the Hari-Kuyo tradition. For an even better description and more detail on the Festival of Broken Needles look here on Susan's blog.
Since then I have made several more needlebooks and given them as gifts to fellow stitchers in my family.
Here is my needlebook after a year of use.
Today, February 8th, is the day of the Hari-Kuyo festival in Japan. It is the day to honour our broken needles. The ceremony is to show respect to the tools' faithful service and to honour their value.
I have collected my broken and worn needles over the past 12 months and kept them in the back of my needlebook ready for today.
Traditionally the broken needles are placed in tofu because it is soft and soothing for the needles. I don't have any tofu, so I placed my needles in some wool batting and wrapped them in tissue paper.
I then buried my broken needles in the backyard garden and marked the place with a small stone.
I will be back tomorrow with a link to Susan's blog post about her Hari-Kuyo ceremony and lots of links to others who have made the needlebooks and saved their broken needles for February 8th, the Festival of Broken Needles.
Click here to see Susan's post. There are quite a few links to other's posts about their needlebooks and Hari-Kuyo ceremony.