Today, February 8th is the festival of Broken Needles. All over Japan women gather at Shrines and Temples to tuck needles and pins into a slab of soft tofu as thanks are made for good and faithful service.
Late last year, under the tutelage of Susan Elliot I made a Hari Kuyo Needlebook in which the last page is the resting place for bent, broken and unserviceable needles. So I have need to resort to a slab of soft tofu when I have a page of soft doctors flannel. If you get a chance to take an Eclass with Susan I certainly recommend do. I had such fun making mine.
But it is here I should admit that my most used and well loved needlebook is in fact this one
Oh the wonders of the internet. Browsing one day around six or seven years ago I found this, wrote away to the Valley Quail Chapter of the EGA and some days later this wonder arrived. It has been my friend ever since.
You can read about it in more detail here I highly recommend these.
But where do I keep my supply/store of needle packets? Most of my many hussifs, needlecases and etuis have packets of needles in them but the bulk store is in this.
Some years ago I took a Schwalm class with a local needlework teacher and this needle packet case was her design.
It has been so very useful and is usually stuffed to the gunwales with packets - as you can see I am not exactly loyal to any one particular brand. I prefer Piecemakers but my choice is made by price so generally it is good old John James!
So with thanks for needles, needle books, and all the good service these embroidery tools give me year in year out....