Monday, November 10, 2008

Threaded Needle


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I know all you needle people out there will probably echo my sentiments when I say that sometimes it seems I need a needle's eye this large and a very fine thread in order to thread a needle quickly anymore. My favorites for hand quilting used to be #11, and even with a very fine wire threader, its tricky. Those utility lines up at the top seem to pull off the job effortlessly. This streetscape view of the Space Needle is from the Cascade neighborhood.

15 comments:

Ruby said...

I've never been any good at threading needles. Might just be able to manage with one this size though.

What is the Space Needle?

Bibi said...

This is about my speed... Actually I don't sew much...

Abraham Lincoln said...

My wife and late mother used to use a flat thing that you put the thread on and bingo the thread was through the eye of the needle. I suppose they would be SOL without it.

This is a nice shot but it seems so ultra modern compared to the foreground.

I was working in Research and Development when the space needle was being built. That seems like forever ago.

Chuck Pefley said...

I almost hate to point out to Abraham that "forever-ago" is pretty accurate ... 46 years ... that's a long time whether you're young or old. My eyesight was much better when the Needle was new, too, but I didn't see as much, and certainly not with the same perspective or clarity.

Jilly said...

Kim

I'd seen Quincy Jones in shots from the CNN programme My City-My Life and had determined to see it. I think I"ve missed it but hopefully it will be repeated and, anyway, I believe it is on the CNN travel page.

The photos of yours, shown on the page, are absolutely stunning - such a wonderful variety and all great - and your interview fascinating. Well done, indeed. You must be so proud. I know I would be.

Belgrade Daily Photo said...

Your exposure on this picture is spot on. Great photo.

Islipian said...

what exactly *is* the Space Needle??

Kim said...

Ruby and Islipian, I've been told that the Space Needle represents a flying saucer on a stick. Not sure how accurate that is, but I can see how someone might conclude that. It is a tower engineered to have a revolving restaurant and observation deck near the top serviced by three exterior elevators. It was built as the "space age" symbol of the 1962 Century 21 Exposition (World's Fair).

Bibi, LOL!

Abe, I'd be SOL too! My #11 needles have such small eyes it takes a special fine wire threader to do the trick, but I have on occasion been known to thread them unaided (but it take forever!).

Chuck, very thoughtful response "I didn't see as much, and certainly not with the same perspective or clarity"! I was too little to know about the Space Needle, but my dad attended that world's fair (as he had the Treasure Island SF one in 1939 as an eighth grade kid) and was thrilled with both.

Jilly, thank you very much for your thoughtful kindness. Such a gracious lady!

Belgrade DP, Thanks a bunch!

-Kim

Maya said...

Great heading for a great shot!

Steffe said...

Congrats for the feature at CNN!

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/11/05/seattle.localview2/index.html

jill said...

Stunning capture as always. Your photos breathe.

Jay said...

I never get tired of a good shot of the Space Needle. Very well composed!

Suz Broughton said...

Perfect! All the way down to the two red lights! Makes me want to be there.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful photo! I love it.

Jen

Becky said...

Oh very clever title! And I do like this view...it makes the needle more real and personable than a lot of photos I've seen of it. Well chosen angle for a well-loved icon.