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Korean Bojagi Pouch

October 28, 2012

 I had my first bojagi class last Saturday at the Korean Heritage House. I had the BEST time and everyone went home with smiles.

 I got there early and had everything ready to go.  The toughest part of the class was choosing the fabric.  The fabrics are so vibrant and beautiful.  I had bought the satin from my Satin Guy in South Korea.

I also decided to conduct the class just like all the Korean classes I had taken in South Korea.  All my Korean classes consisted of three things: the craft, food (I brought cookies) and MUSIC!  I brought Rocketman’s Bose IPod player and plugged in my IPod and picked my KPop Genre.  Everyone loved it.

I had extra kits and I have a bunch listed in my Etsy shop if you are interested.  They make amazing gifts. 


Korean Bojagi Class!!!!

October 2, 2012

KCA is sponsoring a Bojagi Pouch class

Saturday  October 27th at the Korean Heritage House

10:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

We are happy to announce that Becky Meverden, Maedeup Knotting artist, is back from Korea and will return to the KHH to share her expertise with a NEW craft class.  Bojagi is a traditional Korean fabric craftform. Its purpose was used for various functions such as food cloth, gift wraps, or simple decorations in everyday life by royalty and common folk and it is still in use today. Class cost free to KCA members and $5 to nonmembers.  There is also a $30 Fee for class project supplies which will be paid to the teacher at the class.  Everyone welcome!  Please email your wish to register for the class to:  Register soon!  The Korean Heritage house is located at 681 N. Snelling, St. Paul, MN 55104.



Phone & email contact info:____________________________________________

___ number taking class  ___$5 class fee per person to KCA (if KCA member no fee)

$30 project materials fee paid at class to Becky Meverden. Your bojagi kit will include presewn bojagi pieces and materials to complete the project.  Additional unsewn project kits available at class for $20.

____In addition to registering for the class, I want to join/renew my Korean Cultural Association Membership at a  $5 individual, $10 family or  $25 sponsorship level. KCA membership is tax deductable. This membership will cover the remainder of 2012 and the 2013 membership year! Please send Korean Cultual Association membership checks to:    Marge Newmaster 2723 Crown Hill Ct, White Bear Lake, MN 55110 (651-429-0357)

I am soooo excited and hope to see you there!!!  We are going to have so much fun!!!



Completion and Decisions

August 12, 2012

I finally finished the bojagi that was my final assignment from my Korean bojagi teacher, KJ.  I’m amazed at how much time it takes to handstitch and I worked on it constantly to the detriment of the housework (I am not a big fan of housework).  I love the Korean fabric I used.  It was a silk with a flower design.  I wish I could find similar fabric here but I haven’t been able to.  I’m really happy at how it turned out and happy to be finished.

We also made a final decision on the kitchen, family room and bathroom colors. The salesclerk at Hirshfield’s was shocked at our choice for the bathroom.  It was actually Rocketman who came up with the purple and chartreuse.  Now he is prepping the rooms for paint.  We found out that after wallpaper it is a good idea to paint a coat of oil based paint on the walls as a primer.  So Rocketman is looking at an extra coat on the bathroom and kitchen walls.  Thank you everyone for your suggestions, they really helped.

We are still eating on the floor, Korean style and really enjoying it.  It’s a great exercise for the knees and it will keep us ready for our next visit to Korea.  We are thinking of a trip next May.  Spring is one of my favorite times in South Korea with all the cherry blossoms in bloom. 

Mother’s Day 2012

May 12, 2012

My Mother’s Day actually started on Saturday to my surprise.  We walked into Donatelli’s as we do every Saturday only to be surprised by our daughter and her family.  Noah ran up to me and gave me a huge hug and this card that he made himself.

 Baby Ezra had just starting walking and I got to see him walk (mummy style with his hands out in front of him) all around the restaurant.  It was a fantastic surprise.  We had a great lunch and I had no idea although Rocketman had known in advance.

For Mother’s Day I had heard on the internet about this Korean whole-in-the-wall restaurant that supposedly had terrific authentic Korean food.  As you can tell by my blog, I’ve been missing Korea something fierce so I thought it would be a great place to try on Mother’s Day.

 Unfortunity, we had arrived just after a huge party of over 20 people.  They had ordered ahead and we were dying as we saw all the delicious smelling food come out.  The waitress apologized for the delay and we were happy to wait.

                                                              This is their menu.

 We decided on kimchi jjigae and galbi.  They asked if we wanted the kimchi jjigae hot and we told them we wanted it Korean style, HOT. 

The decor is nothing special but they did have a huge television streaming Korean shows.  I loved that.

Banchan!!!  Oh, how I missed you.  I was disappointed in the kimchi only because it was American style and not very spicy.

           The kimchi jjigae came just like it would in Korea and it was hot and spicy just like in Korea.

The galbi was very different than Korea.  It didn’t come with any lettuce to wrap it or other condiments but the flavor was delicious.  We asked if they had kimbap even though it wasn’t on the menu and they didn’t. 

We will definitely go back and next time, I’ll ask if they have Korean spicy kimchi, no more of that American kind.  We can take the spice.

Rocketman also hung my bojagi I had made in Korea.  It is in my craftroom and you wouldn’t believe how beautiful it is with the light coming through.  I hung it on a north facing window so it won’t get any direct sunlight.  I don’t think it would be a good idea to hang it where it would get sunlight.

The weather was perfect and it was a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I hope you enjoyed your day as well.

It’s Coming Along

May 10, 2012

My bojagi project is coming along.  Sometimes housework like laundry and ironing get into my quilting time.  Now that the grass is also growing I mowed the lawn for the first time in over a year.

 Apparently, I didn’t take to it as I did to driving after a year’s absence.  Rocketman came home and looked at the backyard with a puzzled look then went immediately to the mower.  I do admit the back did not look like the front.  Where was this stripping coming from? 

It turns out that when I went around the shed a little to close, I knocked the height level on one side of the mower from a 5 to a 2.  Rocketman fixed the mower and time and some rain will fix the lawn.  Oyyyy.
 I have a small garden where I grown raspberries and other things.  Our son did not weed the garden while we were gone and it was filled with weeds.  This is what it looked like after a filled a huge recycle bag.  I was sore and tired after an afternoon of weeding.

Does anyone know if this is basil.  I did plant some when we were back in 2010 but I didn’t know basil was an annual plant.  I didn’t pull it out just in case and I was also exhausted.  I don’t want to use it if it’s a weed that would be totally gross.

I’ve also got a new (at least to me) favorite Korean song thanks to Ask a Korean:

Lee Seon-Hee “J”

She’s one heck of a singer

What I’ve Been Up To….Bojagi!

April 23, 2012

I started a new bojagi project using the gorgeous silk I had bought at the hanbok shop shortly before our return to the States.  It was the first time the silk had been out of the package since I bought it and now I wish I had bought more!  It is gorgeous and so easy to work with.  It’s timeconsuming because you are cutting each section as you go and decide what you want.  I am also handstitching everything which also takes alot of time.

                                              Here’s a closeup of the bojagi piece.

Last weekend my niece had a garage band concert in my sister’s garage.  Rocketman and I went over to check it out.  We found out quickly that we aren’t cool anymore (I think that happened a long time ago).  We didn’t stay very long because Rocketman was unconfortable with all the stares.  We were clearly the oldest there by a few decades.  I did manage to video one song before Rocketman dragged me out.  It was wonderful seeing all the creativity!

Have a listen:

Bojagi (Korean Quilting)

March 13, 2012

 Remember this bag of silk scraps that I got from a hanbok shop shortly before we left South Korea?

I finally opened the bag and I was shocked at how many scraps were stuffed into the bag.  It took up half of my kingsize bed.  The best part was that is was all free!  I’m so glad that I asked KJ, my bojagi teacher, if she had ever asked hanbok shops for their scrap fabric.  She had never thought to do it but I know she will be doing it now.

I also finished a triangle bojagi I started just as we were leaving.  I can’t believe how hard it was and I did a terrible job of lining up my corners.  Oh well, it wasn’t too bad for a first try. 

We are still waiting on our ocean shipment.  It’s been six weeks now and it should have arrived last week.  Rocketman is getting crabby because it’s been in the 70’s this week and all he has to wear are long-sleeved shirts.  We never thought it would be this warm so we only packed sweatshirts and sweaters.  I did finally go out today and get some short-sleeved shirts because I was roasting.

I’m really antsy too because I don’t have anything I want to work on since I have so many things coming in the ocean shipment.  Most of my craft supplies are in that shipment and I don’t want to go out and buy new.  I did break down and order some silk thread online so I could start another bojagi piece and JoAnn’s didn’t have any silk thread (at least mine didn’t).  So lets hope that shipment comes soon. 

National Folk Museum of Korea

February 15, 2012

We finally got around to visiting the National Folk Museum of Korea.  We had no problem getting there because it’s in the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace.  We had heard that it was free but found that information wasn’t entirely correct.  Yes, the museum is free but the only way to get to it was to spend 1500 WON to enter the palace.

We looked and looked for signs to the museum and Rocketman caught pointed out this hat to me.  I think he really liked it but I was afraid to ask.

We asked at the Information Booth and they pointed straight ahead.  We walked and walked, taking pictures along the way.

It was freezing cold and we still had no idea where we were going.  We asked again and were pointed to the right.

                                      Finally, we found it.  These are the zodiaks.

I wanted to get a nice shot of the front of the building but this woman would NOT stop posing.  We were freezing and she saw us waiting but she wanted an array of pictures with assorted poses so I went ahead and just took a picture.

                 This is a marriage room.  I was so excited as soon as we entered the building.

                             We saw lots of Korean crafts from bojagi to chasu and maedeup.

                                                               Korean thimbles.

                                                        We even found some hanji.


                                        These are molds for rice cakes.  There were so cool.

More hanji.

They even had Korean rooms for different decades to show what people would have had in their homes.

We had a great time.  Rocketman even enjoyed it.  If you want to see the heart and soul of the Korean people, this is a must see. 
The one strange thing we encountered was there was a staff member outside the entrance of the museum who wanted to see our ticket before we were allowed to leave (not enter).  If it was truly free, I questioned the need to see our ticket and why upon leaving.  We saw others also fumbling to find their tickets.

My Last Field Trip with My Bojagi and Chasu Teacher

January 29, 2012

I met KJ one last time near Dongdaemun to visit her favorite silk and satin store.  It happens to be a hanbok store too.  I walked into a color explosion.  There were rolls of fabric everywhere and I was in heaven.

The shop was tiny but it had a steady stream of customers.  I chose one pattern and bought 10 different colors to make a transparent bojagi like my green one.  It’s part of my homework to do when I get back to the States.  I didn’t want to leave and I wanted to buy everything!

                         I came home with these and you can see how pretty the pattern is.

I was also surprised when the owners gave me this.  It’s silk and satin hanbok scraps and it was free.  I had asked KJ a long time ago if she ever asked for scraps from hanbok shops either for free or a low price.  She had not thought of that and had the shop surprise me with this bag.  It’s pretty big but luckily I made sure to save some room in case I bought anything in Seoul knowing that there was a good chance that I would.

We stopped at a coffee shop and she showed me how to begin my triangle bojagi.  Time went by so quickly and soon it was time to go.  She took a taxi with me to make sure the driver got me back to the hotel and she was going to catch the subway from there. 

As we said our goodbyes, I saw tears in her eyes as she told me that she loved our weekly class and would miss me and our class very much.  I thanked her for all she had taught me and told her I would always come back for a visit and we could have class.  As I hugged her and walked away with my own tears, I felt so sad for the tears I had brought to my Korean friends but I feel blessed for all the friendships I had made.  It has been bittersweet to be sure and there are still more goodbyes to make.  It will be a hard couple of days.

Crazy Wednesday! Part 1

January 26, 2012

 Thursday morning started out with bojagi class.  I finished my one project along with the socks.

It really turned out great.  I thought it would be my last class but we are meeting in Seoul on Saturday to do some shopping at a shop that is either giving away or selling cheap fabric scraps.  Then she is going to show me how to do a bojagi made of triangles.  We are meeting at three at Dongdaemun so I think I will show up early and do some last minute shopping at my favorite place, Dongdaemun Shopping Complex.

Hannah’s sister was driving down to pick up some leftover food from our refrigerator and freezer.  When Rocketman suddenly had to be gone to Japan last week, it left basically a week’s worth of meals to be eaten.  Hannah’s sister speaks very good English and she was really surprised at all the stuff we had to give her.  Her son, who is 10, was a hoot.  He ran around the apartment looking at everything.

We loaded everything into her car and she knew I wanted to close my bank account so we drove to my bank.  It was incredibly easy to close my account.  I had also brought a years worth of Korean coins to deposit and he was shocked to see the bag.  Apparently, Koreans don’t save their coins.  Even the machine was too small for all my coins and it got bogged down with the amount of coins and the caculating.  I ended up with a little over 80,000 WON ($70 USD) which I deposisted in Rocketman’s account.

Then we went off to a famous restaurant for lunch.  It is owned by a famous trot singer.  I loved the front of the building and it was huge.

 The inside was really cute with lots of plants.  I loved that we didn’t have to sit on the floor.

This was just the first round.  They brought additional dishes ending with rice.  I was so full and the food was delicious.

 I loved her lighting.  Hannah’s sister had been there before and had never noticed the lighting.

                               She had a couple of her gold records near the cash register.

                                          And a couple of pictures of herself.

Hannah’s sister knew I needed to be at chilbo by 3 and it was 3 when we left the restaurant so I had her call Nan-Young and tell her I would be late.  Then we realized that her GPS was sending us in circles, she said it was unreliable.  So she also had her IPhone GPS telling us the way.  Hannah called while we were pulled over trying to figure this out and she was shocked that we were lost so I had to give my phone to her sister because she wanted to see what the heck was going on.

She did get me to chilbo but I arrived after 4 pm.  She went in and explained what had happened to Nan-Young.  I am breaking this post up into two parts because there is just too much to tell with too many pictures.