Hari Kuyo: Broken Needle Celebration

I like to think of this day more as a celebration than a memorial service. I know in Japan it is a solemn occasion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hari-Kuyo).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used to have more needles to share on this occasion, I changed needles every month; but lately I have been keeping my old friends around until they are no longer useful. I am hard on needles, sometimes when my arthritis in my hands acts up OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI use a pair of needle nose pliers to help me stitch and as you can see sometimes it is hard on the eye of the needle. Other needles especially my finishing needles tend to bend with use; but I use these (in fact I kinda like these sometimes best) until they eye breaks and then I have to replace. And occasionally I will use a needle that is not the correct size and I will break the eye right off.

Disposing of these needles is my big problem, I hate to bury them in the yard since they might work their way to the surface and a little person foot could find them. And I don’t want to pollute the streams or hurt our fish and wildlife.  One year I saved them and put them in the needlebook I finally completed (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/hari-kuyo-february-82013/). And another year I put them in frozen yogurt (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/the-festival-of-broken-needles-hari-kuyo/) and sent them to a landfill…but that didn’t seem right either. This OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAyear I have wrapped them in the canvas they so often traveled and tied it with a thread that they so often carried through the canvas; but I have not decided how to dispose of this. Any ideas? I wish someone would come up with an idea to repurpose these OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAneedles. I often look at the wine cork art on Pintress (cork craft) and think needles…that can we do with these?

This year I decided to celebrate the day with some new needles…they have been on the market for OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAabout a year but I just keep putting off buying them but this week-end I remembered. Your local needlepoint shop can order these from Colonial Needle Company (http://www.colonialneedle.com/cgi-bin/quikstore.cgi?search=yes&keywords=Bullion) They carry Bullion needles in both sharp points and tapestry points. These needles come in one size, equal to a size 20 tapestry needle and three lengths 7 inch, 5 inch and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3 1/2 inch. I have not tried them yet but I have several ideas on the stitching board that have these needles in mind (I will keep you posted). And who knows, maybe we will eventually see these needles in a size 24 too.

Other people on the web have celebrated Hari Kuyo too:

Vicky DeAngelis over at Mostly Needlepoint celebrated this way…and the Love canvas is speaking to me! Thanks Vicki for helping out my stash enhancements)

http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/a-tradition/

http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/whats-new-2

Susan Elliot at Plays with Needles celebrates too:

http://plays-with-needles.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-gift-of-harikuyo.html

http://plays-with-needles.blogspot.com/2015/02/two-days-until-harikuyo-2015.html

And then Carol-Anne Conway at Threads Across the Web visited a Japanesee needle shop…lucky girl! http://threadsacrosstheweb.blogspot.com/2015/02/a-needle-in-market.html

Click on some of her links and you will wish we had shops like this in the USA:

Oh I need the egg sewing box: http://www.hakotou.co.jp/

The sewing boxes are wonderful and the pins from here would make marking Temari balls such fun:

http://justhungry.com/postcards-kyoto-misuyabari-and-hakotou-lovers-sewing-and-handcrafts

I’m going to continue to celebrate the day by stitching and enjoying the beautiful (60 degree) February day.

Thank you for stopping by to visit, I hope you find time to stitch today or do whatever helps you be creative! ttfn…sue

Hari-Kuyo, February 8,2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday is Hari-Kuyo, I am not sure if it is a festival or a more solemn memorial service. I would prefer to think of it as a festival, since I really like my stitching and it brings me joy. So this year I celebrated with another cup of my favorite tea but I only had two broken needles this year. So I decided to place them permanently in my new needle book because I broke them making this book and as they will be a constant reminder that all my needles deserve to be remembered and honored. I also placed the two other needles I used making this book in places of honor in the book. You know since I wrote about this festival last year (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/the-festival-of-broken-needles-hari-kuyo/) I have really been conscious of the needles I am using and how really important they are to my art.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know this may sound way out there but really sometimes I think my needle really makes my stitching happen. I have caught myself stitching in my sleep (that is falling asleep while stitching) and yet my needle has found the correct spot to place the stitches…no frog stitching this time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd have you ever thought how we would do our art metal needle had not been invented? Porcupine quills and fir quills would have been our needles of choice, maybe someone would have thought about a bone or a stick.

So today don’t forget to thank your needles for all they OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhave done for you over the past year.

I am also linking to Plays with Needles and Susan’s blog (http://www.plays-with-needles.blogspot.com/2013/02/happy-harikuyo.html) about Hari-Kuyo and sheOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA has graciously linked us all together so in essence we are having a blogging Hari-Kuyo.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!
ttfn…sue

Susan Elliot’s class: Hari-Kuyo Needlebook

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I had another blog planned this week but I am so-o-o proud of myself I need to share this with everyone and especially Susan Elliot who write Plays with Needles blog (.http://plays-with-needles.blogspot.com/) Susan is an incredibly wonderful creative stitcher and shares her talent with family and friends all the time. It is one of my favorite blogs to follow.

Last year she offered her first online class for Hari-Kuyo Needlebook (http://www.plays-with-needles.blogspot.com/p/harikuyo-needlebook-e-course-ii.html). I signed up immediately and even blogged about it March 10th (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/category/classes/everything-begins-at-a-point/hari-kuyo-everything-begins-at-a-point/). I kept up with all the embroidery as my world was falling apart last spring.
This fall Susan offered a second online class and I posted a comment about having all the stitching completed and how well organized I though the class had been. Susan graciously invited me to join the group again but I still did not get the finishing completed over the holidays. I have definitely decided I am not as multi-tasking as I used to be.

And now Susan s offering this class anytime…and I recommend it to anyone. And another great thing is she is offering different kit choices.

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I had been mulling around in my mind that I would like to attempt to put the book together using just a hand stitching and so I made a few adjustments.
First I stitched the outside decorations by hand and attached the felt pages to the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAinside piece with wrapped backstitches using 3 ply floss of the appropriate color.
I then laced the front and back pieces to light weight card stock and then hand sewed the two pieces together attaching the tie to one of the pieces so it would be between the layers. The material around my felt pom-poms is a bit larger than 13-01-15 needles b
recommended but I could not get them to gather like I wanted any other way.
I am finished and I did it all myself with hand stitching and I even placed the two needles I used to stitch this entire project on their appropriate pages in places of honor where they shall remain. I also need to find a “Sashiko” needle. I plan on leaving this out until February 8th to OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
remind me how important my needles are to me. And when I do decide to place it with my other stitch collection pieces it will receive a place of honor. It is one of my favorite pieces! Thank you Susan!
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!
ttfn…sue
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Hari-kuyo…one of my many irons

One of my irons…and literly using an iron for this one.

I signed up for my first online class, Hari-kuyo and I am loving it…not getting much done, juggling all the irons I have going right now. The first picture is a picture of Susan’s neddlebook, the one I hope to have someday…and the second picture is all my supplies, my pressing is complete and I even basted the outlines on covers. I need to catch up this week-end, hope to get embroidery completed. I have printed off the instuctions and watched the videos just can’t seem to find hands on time.

And Susan is an enabler too. Talked about a silicone pressing sheet, I don’t have one of these BUT I know I need one…shopping shopping shopping (yet something else to do)…

This class has been fun and Susan has done a wonderful job. Her kits are great and the videos are so good. I just love Susan’s work, if you haven’t visited her blog, Plays with Needles (http://plays-with-needles.blogspot.com/ ) do so please; it is inspiration plus. Her Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Your Majesty, Beading and…just click on anything on the right column of her blog… you will not be disappointed.

Okay need to start the running and juggling, maybe someday I can even run with scissors…don’t hold your breath waiting for the video.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!  ttfn…sue