Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Bent Needle Box for Petaloo

A few months back I came across a post about "The Festival of Broken Needles", or Hari-Kuyo, a Japanese custom honoring broken sewing needles. As someone who sees the beauty and worth of ordinary objects, I was immediately captivated. Broken, bent and worn sewing needles are saved, then honored on a special day by placing them in cakes of tofu and offering them thanks before they are laid to rest. It's a bit more complex than that, but that's it in a nutshell.

Bent Needle Box - Nichola Battilana

I wanted to honor my own bent needles and so I've created a little mossy box for them to 'retire' in. 

Bent Needle Box - Nichola Battilana

I've covered the box with paper from the 6x6" Junque Gypsy pad from Marion Smith and fussy cut some butterflies for embellishment. The corners are dotted with Petaloo Chantilly-VelvHydrangeas. I've also included an Embellishment Brad to finish things off.

Bent Needle Box - Nichola Battilana

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And be sure to stop by Petaloo this week. They have a whole week of projects created with Petaloo and Marion Smith papers and there's prizes to be won!