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needles and pins

January 14, 2012

“Needles and pins, needles and pins,

When a man marries his trouble begins.”

“Needles and pins,

Needles and pins,

Sew me a sail

To catch me the wind

Sew me a sail

Strong as the gale….”

I prefer Shel Silverstein’s rhyme to that of Mother Goose.

sharps, blunts and betweens

 embroidery, darning, plain sewing and netting needles
ivory, bone, wood, brass and steel

straight, curved and hooked

the variety is endless, what would be accomplished without them?

In Japan, February 8th is the day of  hari-kuyo ,  broken and damaged needles are taken to Buddhist temples and disposed of in a large block of tofu. Sutras are sung and the spirits of the broken needles are set to rest.

ticked off the “to do list” – needle cases.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2012 5:39 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of hari-kuyo, I have been saving my broken needles over the past year. (Including machine needles.) I have amassed a whole shoe box full of needles of various kinds – who knows why, do I think sewing needles will be in short supply post-apocalypse? The oddest are mattress needles – 10 inches long, never used.


  2. January 16, 2012 1:39 am

    i love this custom! my favorite needle is a bent one, but no other feels like it.
    see sennet on the tools we choose.


    • January 16, 2012 9:07 am

      Neki – needles are like shoes – over time they fit your fingers. Interesting, nobody else picked up on this.


  3. January 15, 2012 8:35 am

    think how common they are now, and how precious not so very long ago. and i think especially of the sewers a ways north of you, how precious a needle and awl.


    • January 15, 2012 11:52 am

      the tools we choose to use are reflected in the quality of our work – even the “lowly” needle


  4. arlene permalink
    January 14, 2012 8:25 pm

    What a wonderful pile of gifts. I also prefer Shel Silverstein.


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