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Did you participate in Hari-Kuyo this year? To the uninitiated, this Japanese event honors the broken/bent needles and pins accumulated from a years worth of mending and making.
Pins and needles are sunk into blocks of tofu. Incense is burned and participants offer prayers of thanks, gratitude, and requests for better sewing skills.
If these are sentiments you can get behind, you don't need to go to Japan or even have a temple to participate. Host one with your group of makers at a local fabric shop or perhaps a roomy cafe that would accommodate your group.
A Very* Informal How-To:
*just some ideas on how one might go about it..
Let your makers know ahead of time so they can collect their cast-offs instead of tossing them. Maybe a little "Save-the-date" action via a postcard or an email. Perhaps, you could even create a FB page for your event. Do you want it to be a small, private affair with your fellow makers? Maybe it's open to the public and you get to meet like-minded individuals in your community! What if your invitation had a piece of felt for collecting the broken bits?
Consider a convenient location, the potential size of your group, the price of renting a space. Free, is ideal, right? Consider partnering with your fabric store, obtaining a community room from the city, a church basement, a school or theater space. You might even consider your own home if it will be a private event.
That is, if you do decide to make it a big to-do. Create that FB page for sure, if not an actual website. Weebly, Squarespace we hear are good. Cross-promotional marketing with posters in shops and cafes. Maybe they could donate some.....
Can't go wrong with snacks and bevies. Alternatively, you might organize it as a potluck if you're doing a private event. Be mindful of dietary restrictions by providing a few staples that all diets might enjoy like fruits and crudites. Potluck offerings might include a little placard stating contents to ease the minds and stomachs of those with restrictions. Nobody likes tummy-aches.
5. GIVE BACK.
You could charge admission or request donations and have the proceeds go to benefit your community. Pick a cause! Make it a food drive or a coat drive with collection boxes for gently used coats/toys/canned goods. Look at you, you builder of community and charming beast of good will!
That's all we got for now. There are certainly more things to consider, such as the order of events, a speaker, some handy volunteers, getting that tofu and incense, event parking... but that can all be figured out.
Let us know how it goes or if you have any ideas on how to improve this list!
"The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's backyard." - Abraham Maslow
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