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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.

Bojagi and Chasu

October 20, 2011

 I haven’t blog about my weekly bojagi and chasu class because it’s a slow process to complete a project and it may look from week to week the same.  But I finally finished the curtain for my window back in the the States.  It hasn’t been ironed because I’m putting it directly into a box and will iron it right before it goes onto the window.
                                    The maedeup at the top is on both sides of the curtain.

It was also “Show and Tell” at class which is always a favorite of mine. KJ  brought some chasu pillows that she had made.  She says that this style ( six designs) is very, very difficult to do.  Both sides of the pillow have this same design.


This is how she works on many of her projects.  She glues a large piece of satin to a picture frame.

She also brought these scraps from a hanbok shop.  I had asked her if she had ever got fabric scraps from any of the many hanbok shops in Korea and she had never thought to do that.  She had a friend who owned a hanbok shop and came this week with satin scraps.  How’s that for going green!  I wish I could go to many hanbok shops and get scrap fabric.  I’m going to think of a way to do just that. 

Korean Chasu (Embroidery) and Bojagi Class

May 23, 2011
My teacher brought me another surprising way to use chasu designs.  She did the peonies on satin and then brought them to a shoe maker in Dongdaemum to have made into shoes.  She said that it doesn’t cost very much but I forgot to ask how much she paid.  I can’t even fathom how much this would cost to have done in the States.

 Here is a close up of the chasu.  She complained that the shoemaker left some dirt on the left flower but I didn’t even notice that until she pointed it out.

 Here are some of my finished chasu pieces.

 This one I am still working on.  I don’t have any chasu homework this week because I’m working on finishing the two bojagi tablerunners.  I am add the white border the the first one and I need to finish piecing the second.

 As I was ironing a seam, I unknowingly had the iron too hot and removed it to find this huge stain.  I had to rip the piece out and recut and resew it.  I will be more careful about the iron setting from now on.

Today seemed to be a day of burning things on my part.  I had a pot of rice and curry cooking on the little stove that has an electric burner.  I had it on 3 which is low but all of the sudden I hear the sound of a pot boiling over and sure enough, the burner was fully engaged and NOT at a 3.  So I have burnt curry on my cooktop to clean and the bottom of the pot is also stained with burnt curry. 

Rocketman does all the dishes so I don’t think I’ll tell him until after dinner.  I don’t want to spoil dinner for him.  We are also on babywatch.  Our daughter is due June 5th but the doctor last week felt that she could go anytime.  She was dilated to a 3 and the baby has been riding very low.  She had bedrest earlier in her pregnancy because of the baby being so low and putting pressure on her cervix.  We feel so blessed that she has made it this far.  She is having lots of contractions right now and we are communicating through SKYPE.  I’m hoping she would be in the hospital before I go to bed tonight.

Korean Chasu (Embroidery) and Bojagi Class

May 11, 2011

 I have been working like crazy on my latest bojagi piece.  It will be a tablerunner when I am done.  I found out that tablerunners are a little different in Korea.  They extend over the end of the table by about a foot.  I love Korea but I don’t like that so I am making mine long enough to cover my tabletop back in the States.  This is a sneak peak of my runner.

 This is what I have left to do.  All handstitched. I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  When I finish this part, I just have to add the cream colored border which will also be handstitched.

Here is the chasu I am working on.  I am working every spare minute I have on these projects.  KJ, my teacher and I have a lot of great conversations as we are busy stitching.  This week she shared with me that she suffered from migraines for 15 years.  Every month for a couple of weeks.  It really affected her life.  A couple of years ago she heard that Korean acupuncture could cure it.  She went regularly for two months and miraculously the migraines are gone.

I’m so excited to hear this because my daughter also suffers terribly from migraines.  I am definitely going to get her into an Eastern medicine doctor as soon as she recovers from having our grandson.  Her’s like KJ’s are hormone related so she doesn’t have them when she is pregnant.  This is wonderful news

Korean Chasu (Embroidery) and Bojagi Class

April 27, 2011

 Chasu homework for this week is to fill in the body of the bird.  This is a popular chasu pattern.

 I also have this new piece to do but my teacher didn’t give me any homework on it yet.

 She also came bearing material.  My kind of girl! This is going to be for my next project, a table runner.

 She also brought show and tell.  This is a bojagi piece.

 Closeup of the piece.

 She added chasu to dress up the bojagi.  You can see why bojagi and chasu go so well together.

 She also brought this table runner. It is very long, over two yards.  This will be my next bojagi project. Here are some closeup shots of the table runner.

Tuesday was a rainy day and I got to yoga while it was still drizzling.  I was surprised to see there were only five of us instead of the usual 16-20.  This gave the teacher time to go around and torture help each of us.  She came over to me while I was trying to keep my legs in the air for 10 minutes.  She always is able to find a part of my body that with one touch can feel like a knife.  She used that pointer finger to press on the center of my breastbone.  It hurt so bad and the more I moaned, the harder she pressed.  I don’t know what the point of it is, but I sure feel better when she stops!

Korean Chasu (Embroidery) and Bojagi – Class #6

April 20, 2011

 This week I continued with my new bojagi project which will incorporate a chasu piece too.  This is my teacher’s finished tail.

 This is my homework.  It will look like my teacher’s piece hopefully.  She didn’t give me as much homework as usual and it was nice to have a little break.

 Here are my two finished chasu pieces.

 My teacher also brought some show and tell.

I did finish my first bojagi project.  It was a little crooked but not bad for a first.  It was all handstitched.
Rocketman returned from China with an interesting story.  He traveled there with a couple of Korean co-workers.  During break one day they were eating apples and one of the Koreans was peeling his with a knife.
The Chinese co-worker said to him, “You are not married.”  The Korean replied that he was.  The Chinese worker was surprised with how poorly the Korean was peeling the apple (in his opinion).  In China, when you wish to marry, you must peel an apple or pear in front of your potential in-laws and try to get the peel as long as you can without the peel breaking.  A short piece is bad luck so Chinese men practice their peeling skills when they are single. 

Korean Chasu (Embroidery) and Bojagi – Class #5

April 13, 2011

 KJ came with a treat for me this week.  She brought a collection of her chasu.  It gives me something to hope for that someday I will be as good as she is.  I loved to examine each piece and see which way the stitches went.  Enjoy.

 I think this is my next piece.

 In pojagi, I am finishing up my first piece and I am starting to make this wrapping cloth.

Her is my recent chasu.  I still have a bit of work to do on it.

The big news here at Suwon Royal Palace is that I quit maedeup class.  Hannah came to stay overnight Monday night and we talked about my feelings about class.  The more we talked, the more my stomach started to hurt.  She told me that I was crazy to continue which is the same thing Rocketman has been saying to me.  So I had her text my teacher and that was that.  There still is the business of my three bracelets that I had left there but I’ll worry about that later.

So what did I do Tuesday?  Hannah and I went to Seoul to see a special jewelry artist I had met a few years ago.  I’ll blog all about it tomorrow.

Korean Chasu (Embroidery) and Bojagi – Class #4

April 6, 2011
I am loving pojagi!  I never thought after all the machine quilting I have done over the years that I would want to go back to handstitching.  I hurry home from class or yoga to work on my bojagi and I’m bummed when something takes me away from it.  I am finishing my first project.  My homework was to put the white borders on.  I can’t wait to see what is next.

Chasu is also a lot of fun but so challenging.  I really can’t believe how difficult it is but I am determined to conquer.  Chasu, like pojagi, takes a lot of time and patience.  I’m usually not a very patient person but I find this craft to be soothing and relaxing.  I have to finish the leaf for homework.

On this piece, I have to finish the leaves, stalk and the entire flower on the right.  I have my work cut out for me.

Korean Chasu (Embroidery) and Bojagi – Class #3

March 29, 2011

 This week’s homework is to fill in the leaves with two different shades of green.  It is a tedious process and when I get into a hurry, the chasu looks horrible so I have to remember to take my time.  My teacher, SJ, told me that it is difficult to learn and will take time.

I didn’t quite finish all my homework for chasu this week.  So I have to finish filling in the clouds (at least I think that’s what they are) and continue with the leaves.  The leaves were made by SJ and I need to make a lot more to fill in the trees.
I so excited that I get to start my first bojagi project.  First I had to decide the color scheme by playing with the satin squares to decide how I wanted the piece to look.  This is what I decided on with the help of SJ.  My homework is to handsew each horizontal row together and next week she will teach me how to pin the rows so that I can handsew the final sections.  I’ve done a lot of quilting but this is different than anything I’ve ever done before.
´╗┐Somehow I forgot to blog about the big emergency I had last Thursday.  This is a picture of our intercom in our apartment.  It buzzes like a doorbell when someone is at the entrance of our building.  I can see who it is and then press a button that will open the door and let them in.  It will also show me who is at my door if they hit the doorbell.  I can also talk to the managment office by pressing a button but I’ve never had to do that.
Two weekends ago, all of the sudden when the doorbell rang, the intercom did not show any picture.  I was still able to buzz my girlfriend up and I forgot about it.  Then on Wednesday night when Rocketman entered the apartment, an alarm sounded from the intercom.  It was so loud that I’m sure our neighbors heard.  Rocketman was able to figure out how to turn it off and we forgot about it.
The next morning, Rocketman opened the door to leave at 6:30am and the alarm went off again.  He ran and turned it off and tried to leave again only to have the alarm go off again.  He woke me up and told me that problem.  I had him go to work and told him I would call our relocation agency to get help.
I was waiting for the relocation agency to open when the alarm went off without me opening the door.  This time, the magic button Rocketman pressed did not work.  The alarm was blaring and I called Jennifer from our relocation agency and told her the problem.  She called the management agency for the apartment building and they were sending someone up right away.  While waiting for help, the crazy intercom decided to call the management office sporatically.  I would hear “yeobosayo ” and a bunch of Korean.  I told them in English that I wasn’t calling them.  This just kept going on.
In the meantime, my cleaning lady came and she does speak some English.  She wondered why I hadn’t let her in the building and she got in somehow.  She came in and heard the alarm and figured out what was happening.  The building maintenance guy came and was able to turn off the alarm. He shook his head from side to side alot and I called Jennifer to see what was going on.
Turns out that we needed a repairman from the intercom manufacturer.  Somehow Jennifer got him to drop everything and come right away.  He was there in 10 minutes.  He took it apart and ended up putting a new part in it.  I paid 25,000WON ($25US) for the part and the labor.  How wonderful is that!  I can’t get a repairman in the States to come out for less than $100 plus parts.
I was pretty stressed through the whole ordeal and my cleaning lady was so worried about me she would come up to me and hug me periodically during the fiasco.  She also told me she loved me a lot.  It was really sweet.  We found an envelope with 25,000WON  in our mailbox the next day from the owners of our apartment.  They told Jennifer that they were so sorry that it had happened and they felt really bad. 

Korean Chasu (Embroidery) – Class #2

March 22, 2011
I had a lot of homework from last week and it took me a long time to complete it. 
 My teacher fixed a few areas and started the second color.  My homework this week is to fill in the dark pink areas.  This is my first time working with silk thread and it really takes some getting used to.  She also wants me to use my left hand as well as my right.  My left hand stays under the frame while my right hand is on top.  I have never embroidered this way and my left hand is really awkward but I’m going to do it.
´╗┐This is also home work for next week.  I’m a busy girl!  So what is it with me and ajummas this week.  I put a comment on my Facebook page asking if there was a memo that went out to ajummas this week declaring it “Pick on Becky” week. 
I went to yoga and then Home Plus with Choi to get another Home Plus card.  They told him I had dropped it right in the store but they didn’t have my phone number to call me.  It was really easy to get another card.  I had some shopping to do so I thanked Choi and went off the do my shopping.  It was pretty busy for lunchtime and I got in a line.  I put my things on the conveyor and noticed an ajumma was behind me in line.
The guy in front of me took a long time to pay and the ajumma was in a hurry.  She came up to me just as the clerk started to check me out and pushed me with her elbow and then planted herself so we were shoulder to shoulder.  Like that was going to get me checked out quicker?  But after last week, I was not having it. I stood my ground.  I went to the end and the clerk recognized me from before and was happy to see me.  I was packing as she continued to check me out but when the ajumma came to I am presuming to shove me out of the way again, I looked at her and sternly said, “annio” (NO in Korean).  She was clearly taken aback and moved far away from me. 
Then this afternoon I was making dinner and ran out of milk.  There is a little grocery store close so I ran there and picked up a carton of milk.  Again, the line was pretty long and with all men except me.  It came my turn and the clerk was asking me something.  I didn’t know what she was saying and then the ajosshi behind yelled “SPEAK ENGLISH” to the poor clerk.  I was shocked and I told him “annio.” He was smiling at me and started saying who knows what to which I shrugged my shoulders and said that I didn’t know in English.  That is definitely a first for me.  There were times on the subway where I was having a conversation with one of my Korean girlfriends in English and an ajosshi would yell at her for speaking English.  You just never know what you will encounter over here.