Once again it is time for the Festival of Needles, a Japanese tradition, where stitchers give thanks for their needles.
On February 8th each year broken needles are honored by laying them at rest.
I collect my broken and worn needles in the back of my needlebook.
I have placed my needles in some soft batting, placed them in a container to be buried in my rose garden.
My needles have been used for machine and hand piecing, applique, quilting and embroidery. Hours of meditation, improving my skills and creating useful and decorative objects for myself and others.
To learn lots more about Hari-Kuyo click here. Susan also has lots more about the Festival on her blog here.
In the last few days I have managed to finish 3 different hand applique blocks.
Firstly Block 18 of CCCQ, Mary Mc Kissick.
I have started stitching the 2nd set of Noah and Matilda blocks. This one is Red Leaf Bouquet.
Lastly is the block that took the longest. My first completed corner block for Roseville Album.
Some close ups..
Keep safe everyone! Here it is very hot and windy with high fire danger. We can see and smell smoke. Don't worry we are safe!! The high winds are bringing smoke from fires away from us.
We are looking forward to a cool change later today.