July 2020 Newsletter Default Category

Happy July!
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Looking for positive changes

I hope the second half of this year will be better than the first half. 

Since March, we've spent much time sheltering and staying at home and we still need to keep our new way of living without spreading or getting the virus. It's been so long but we have to endure it just a little longer, for a better future. I decided to cut my screen time scrolling news sites and focus on more productive and creative time. I hope you all are well and creative in your own way!

Last month was a busy time for me to learn and adopt new technology. I started to teach online classes using pre-recorded videos and Zoom meetings. I watched tutorial videos from Zoom, and YouTube was another resource to learn new (for me) and cool things.
I also gave a talk about bojagi to the San Francisco Quilters Guild via Zoom. Many people attended

and it was well-received. Thank you for having me and letting me share my passion with you!

June Gwi Jumeoni Sachet Class went well and I am happy to offer another session this month with new colors!

July Gwi Jumeoni Sachet Class
size: 5 people max
$70 for slideshow instruction, a video tutorial, 1-hour Zoom meeting and a kit (free domestic shipping, international shipping rates apply)
If you want to sign up, click here
 Saturday, July 18, 2020, 10 am PDT  
 Friday, July 24, 2020, 10 am PDT 
 Saturday, July 25, 2020, 10 am PDT 

Extra Kits will be on sale after July 10th.
If you want to purchase a kit, click here after July 10th.

Korea Textile Tour 2020 has been postponed to May 2021 and October 2021. But I am busy researching new places and events to visit for next year! 
June Knot Bouquet Class also went well and I will be teaching this Knot Bouquet class as a part of the Textile Art Council workshop in late July. Details are coming up! If you are interested, email me!
The New Knot project will be introduced in the August newsletter.

July Recipe- Baked Tteok
This is a fusion of Korean tteok. Traditionally, tteok is steamed but for this one, you can use an oven and bake.

4 cup sweet rice flour (Mochiko)
Brown sugar 1/2 cup
2 cup milk
Baking soda 1 tsp
Baking powder 1 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
1/2 cup raisins or cranberry
1/2 cup walnut or pecan 
1/2 cup sliced dried persimmon and dried jujube (sliced) (optional)
Cooking oil 1 TBS to spread in a baking pan

Mix all dry ingredients together then add milk.
Pour batter into an oiled baking pan.
Bake in 375 F for 50 min.



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June 2020 Newsletter Default Category

June Newsletter from Youngmin
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Summer is here already?

During May, I spent my time working on both ongoing projects and new ideas. My stitch resource samples are slowly taking their spots in my studio. After my first Facebook Live stream last month, I did my second one as a part of the group, I MARATON COVID-19. I gave a talk about bojagi and demonstrated Yeouijumun technique. After that, I have so many international friends on Facebook and we share our common passion. 
Even though we can't go outside to meet people, there was a way to be connected and communicate with others! I see many people use Zoom for business meetings, classes, and just catch up with friends. At first, I wasn't keen about using a virtual platform but the more I use it, the better I get at using this tool. Now I've made a few more self-recorded videos, written instructions, and project kits, to offer online classes. 

Class schedules in June 2020

If you want to take a class, email me and let me know which class you want to sign up for. I will send you the detailed information. Remember, these are small class sizes so they will fill fast! 

Knot Bouquet class
size: 4 people max 
$50 for Video instruction link and up to 1-hour Zoom meeting
$20 for Kit (free domestic shipping, international shipping rates apply)

1. Saturday, June 13, 2020, 10 am PDT 
2. Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 10 am PDT 
3. Saturday, June 20, 2020, 10 am PDT

Gwi Jumeoni Sachet class
size: 4 people max
$50 for PDF instruction and up to 1-hour Zoom meeting
$20 for Kit (free domestic shipping, international shipping rates apply)

4. Sunday, June 14, 2020, 10 am PDT  
5. Sunday, June 21, 2020, 10 am PDT 
6. Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 10 am PDT 

Korea Textile Tour 2020 has been postponed to May 2021 and October 2021. As everything starts to reopen, we are anxious to get back to what life looked like before this pandemic, but there are many things we have to consider before we can actually go back to our daily routine. I decided that Korea Textile Tour needs more time to make sure it is safe enough for every participant and myself. 


Recipe of the month
돼지불고기 Dwaeji bulgogi (Spicy pork)

1 LB Sliced pork (I like pork shoulder but pork belly is fine, too)
1 Onion-thinly sliced
2 Scallion- roughly chopped

Marinate sauce-mix these all
2 TBS Korean red chili pepper paste (gochujang)
1 TBS Korean red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru)
2 TBS soy sauce
2 TBS rice wine (or mirin)
2 TBS sugar or honey
1 TBS sesame oil
3-4 cloves minced garlic 
1 TBS grated ginger
 black pepper for flavor

Marinate meats, onion, and scallions for 30 min.-1 hr.
Grill or stir fry until pork is fully cooked. Serve with rice and lettuce.

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May 2020 Newsletter Default Category

May Newsletter from Youngmin
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May the future get brighter!

I hope everybody is well and safe! 
Despite all the shelter-in-place and social distancing, once again the month flew by. I was busy making face masks, which are now a necessary item when we go outside. I made 300+ masks and donated them to people who need them, and now I am taking a little break. I did my first ever Facebook live at the ACTA, Alliance of California Traditional Arts page. I talked about bojagi and my recent mask making. Then I made a video tutorial of how to make Gwi Jumeoni-shaped face mask. Here's my Youtube link.

My May, June, and July travel workshops were all canceled but I try to see the bright side – I will be able to put more time into my ongoing projects and research. 
I lost count of days and our shelter in place mandate was extended for another six weeks here in California. It is a sad and difficult time but I am trying my best to do my part. Stay at home. Sending everybody my warm wishes and big hugs! 

Recipe of the month-Japchae

Japchae, Korean style noodles with mixed vegetables

This is a popular dish for parties, potlucks, and sometimes a one-dish meal. 

4 oz Dangmyeon (Mung bean or potato noodles )
3 Shitake mushroom
4 Oyster mushroom
1/2 Onion
1 Bell pepper
1/2 Bunch spinach
3 Cloves of crushed garlic
Soy sauce
Sesame oil
Vegetable oil for stir-fry vegetables
Roasted sesame seeds
Salt, pepper 

Soak dangmyeon in water for 30 min.
Julienne mushrooms, onion, bell pepper and stir-fry them separately. (Add 1-2 tsp of vegetable oil and a dash of salt)
Blanch spinach and rinse with cold water. Squeeze out water and cut to 2" long. And season with salt, pepper, and sesame oil.
Cook dangmyeon in boiling water with 2 TBS soy sauce and 1 tsp vegetable oil for 8-10 min.
Drain noodles and add sesame oil (1-2 tsp), sugar ( 1tsp) and soy sauce (1 TBS) and mix well.
In a medium heat pan, add 2 tsp vegetable oil and crushed garlic.
When garlic turns brown, add dangmyeon and other ingredients.
Mix them well and season with soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper, and roasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!


 Flower Pin Cushion Booklet is here!

I am so happy to announce that my Flower Pin Cushion booklet is available to purchase now.
An 8-page booklet that shows step-by-step guidance on how to make 'Flower Pin Cushion'.  Naturally dyed fabric kit will be available soon at my website and  A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA. 

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