How quickly the years go. It doesn't seem very long ago that I was writing a post about the Japanese tradition of hari-kuyo, the Festival of Broken Needles, and here we are on 8th February again. You can read the post here, with all the details and there are some great photos of a ceremony here.
This year I have been putting my bent, blunt and broken needles in a little cylindrical tin and today I've thanked them, wrapped them and settled them down to rest. The little bag is decorated with Cretan Stitch and Herringbone Stitch and is my TAST2012 piece for the past two weeks. I've put a loop on it so that it can hang with my other TAST "baubles" (which are now on various themes, not all Christmas). I loved doing the Herringbone, I could get quite a good rhythm going but the Cretan made me think - thread under the needle, thread over the needle, oops, try again....it needs more practice as I think it's a nice stitch. This week the TAST stitch is......Chevron Stitch.
Another great report on the Tokyo Quilt Festival is here. Better make yourself a cup of coffee!