A few weeks ago, my friend Carol Anne from Threads Across the Web posted about the Festival of Broken Needles (Hari-kuyo) on Stitchin Fingers. The Festival is held in Japan every February 8 and she has invited everyone to join her on that day, tomorrow, to do something in celebration of their needles. Tomorrow, we invite all of you to celebrate your needles by uploading pictures that honor the tools that have served you so humbly over the past year, your pins and needles.
On February 8, the sewers and kimono makers of Japan will come to the shrine, bringing their broken needles and pins that have served them throughout the previous year. Hari means "needle" and kuyo means "memorial service". The needles/pins are placed into tofu or konnyaku (a gray potato-based jelly that I have never liked--as far as I'm concerned it's only good for sticking needles in!!) The soft tofu is to soothe the needles after their many hours sewing through thick fabric.