February will be more than half over by the time you read this, and that is good for those of us who are not loving the horrible cold and short days. 

Did you know that February 8th is the day of Hari-Kuyo: Festival of Broken Needles. On this day Japanese tailors and Kimono makers take time to give thanks to the needles that have served them but no longer have useful life left.  They gather their worn and broken needles and gather at Shinto Shrines or Buddhist Temples to give thanks for the service these objects have provided and to reflect on the past stitching year.

There is the belief that as we stitch our cares are transferred to our needles/tools freeing us from the worries we carry. We know how restful stitching can be when we immerse ourselves in our work, freeing our minds from the everyday and focusing on the repetitive nature of stitching. I have felt it and I am sure you have as well.

If you want to read more about Hari-Kuyo, just Google ‘Hari-Kuyo’, and you will find many sites featuring events that have been held in the past.
You can also Google ‘Plays with Needles’ and you can read a blog entry by Susan Elliott, about Hari-Kuyo. While you are on her site, check out the other blog entries .. they are well worth reading.

February.. longer days. Have you noticed that when dusk falls, it is lasting longer? I recently spent two days driving east and the lengthening dusk was so very noticeable. The first day was a clear day and as the sun sank lower in the western sky the blue on the horizon deepened from blues to the dark night sky, the colours were so vivid as they changed from moment to moment. The second day was cloudy but the clouds were light with blues in the clouds where the breaks in the clouds reflected the blue of sky to the undersides of the clouds. As the sun sunk deeper into the sky the blues darkened to grays and then to the night sky. Watching the colours in the skies as I drove along coupled with the shadows where the snow had drifted along the sides of the road was peaceful and also inspirational. Perhaps some of this will find its way to an ATC.. deadline for this year is March 15th (check EAC web site or the latest issue of Embroidery Canada for mailing details)

Now that I am home again.. it is time to put the finishing touches on my ‘new’ sewing/stitching room. More about that later.

Before I sign off for this time, I want to encourage all of you to give some thought to letting your name stand for nomination for the Board. It will be an experience you will enjoy, never forget and which will enrich your life with new friendships, a heightened awareness of all that EAC has to offer. Give it a bit of thought.. and if it can fit your life.. then >> ‘why not’? If you have questions or are interested contact the Sue Thomas, Past President, with your questions or expression of interest.

It is not too late to register for Seminar… hope to see you there… all for now.


1 comment:

  1. I love the sky at this time of year too,it does make you want to stitch it.
    Looking forward to reading about your sewing room,mine needs a facelift but I am still overwhelmed with stuff in it.

    Plays with needles is a favourite blog of mine,a very neat lady with extraordinary stitching talents.


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