Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A finish and a tool laid to rest


The other day I showed you the new Gloriana silks I had picked up.  Well this is the little sampler I decided to stitch with them.  This is a freebie pattern and thank you to Mouse who found the designer for me. It's Marly at Samplers and Santas and the chart can be found here......http://samplers-and-santas.blogspot.com/search/label/freebie.  While you're there, take the time to check out the rest of her blog....it's wonderful.
Today in Japan is Broken Needle Day where women take their broken and well loved needles to shrines for them to be laid to rest.  They place them in tofu so that they have a soft resting place but since I don't have any tofu, I'm using a soft piece of wool felt.  The needle you see is a gold #26 and it has seen better days.  I've used it for the entire stitching of Fallen Roses so it deserves a rest.  I will use one of it's sisters to finish the design.  I think this is a wonderful tradition so that we don't take our everyday necessities for granted.  We are lucky to live in a time where needles are plentiful and this day is just a little way of celebrating their existence. 
Now for my next project.  It is by Brenda Gervais and it's called Be My Valentine.  I have purchased the heart shaped box for the finishing and I think this is going to be alot of fun....stitching and finishing.  This will be my Valentine to Me.
Blessings as always,
Barbara


28 comments:

butterfly said...

Barbara your work once again is just wonderful, and I love looking at your header each time you done a great job there.

Terri said...

I love this finish! I hope someone recognizes the designer as I want to do this one, too!!

Beautiful work!

Ruth said...

Beautiful finish Barbara and I loved the little story about the needles, something I didn't know and learned here today.

Penny said...

Beautiful! I love the stitches around the border.

Lida said...

What a nice idea, resting your needles! Well I have two to lay to rest! Succes with the new project, the cushion looks lovely! Greetings
Lida

MoonBeam said...

Another pretty finish and a nice story about the needles.

Bobbi

cucki said...

another sweet finish..and very sweet post..
big hugs cucki xxx

Carol R said...

Pretty pillow finish Barbara!

Paisley said...

Beautiful finish!

Teresa S. said...

Another beautiful finish-congrats!

Kay said...

Beautiful finish!

Mouse said...

ohhhh gorgeous finish on your interpretation of the freebie ... I've stitched this as a pif sooo bare with me while I find the designer ...mmm having checked the pattern it isn't on ... will find out for you asap :) love mouse xxxxx

Mouse said...

found it it was from
http://samplers-and-santas.blogspot.com go to her freebies and its the second one down :) wooo hoooo love mouse xxxxx

Catherine said...

What a sweet finish!!

Barbara said...

Thank you for all your wonderful comments about my little pillow and a special thank you goes out to Mouse for finding the designer for me.
Blessings!

robindefender said...

Beautiful finish!

marly said...

LOL!!! I'm looking at your pillow and can't figure out why it looks familiar! Thank you for the compliment. You reminded me that I have a walnut heart box from Sudberry. Somewhere.

Patty C. said...

Lovely finish ;)

Carol said...

I just love how you've finished this one, Barbara--truly beautiful!

Ziggyeor said...

Beautiful tradition, and I love the finish.

Anonymous said...

Barbara - this is so lovely! Fabulous job - and so feminine. Love the finish totally. And thx to Marly for the tutorial on her website. Jannie

Chris said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing Barbara!
I can't wait to see your Valentine stitching :)

Tatkis said...

Adorable pillow! So cute!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Nicola said...

I like learning about different customs and enjoyed reading your post, thank you for sharing.

Congratulations on a beautiful finish, I love the little bow as an embellishment, a perfect choice.

Krista said...

Love that finish and the story of the broken needles. Enjoy your day!

Bekca said...

What a gorgeous finish, the silks look so lovely. Best wishes.

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous finish :D

Thoeria said...

What a gorgeous finish! Beautiful!
And what a lovely tradition - thanks for sharing it - I had no idea there was actually a broken needle day!