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Cohana style!

Cohana style!

Now did you know that on the 8th February the Kanto region of Japan celebrate Hari-Kuyō, the Festival of Broken Needles? It is a celebration of all the sewing needles and pins broken in their service during the past year and an opportunity to pray for improved sewing skills.  People gather at Shinto or Buddhist temples and stick their old and used needles into blocks of tofu or jelly – it’s a way of showing gratitude for their work and putting them to ‘rest’ – it seems to be an act of great tenderness and respect for these humble objects.

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Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut

It’s nearly time for the Beyond Measure Open Weekend.  I am busy clearing the space and making room as I am sharing the studio with artist and illustrator Louise Lockhart, the Printed Peanut. It’s been almost a year now since I introduced the SEW panels, designed by Louise, to my shop.  I loved Louise’s work the first time I saw it at Hebden Bridge Open Studios.  After meeting up and discussing some ideas, we decided to develop a sewing based design printed on fabric that could be framed up straight away or embroidered, stitched, stuffed and hacked.   Since then the original red and black panel has been sent all over the world!

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