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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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April 2020 Newsletter Default Category

April Newsletter from Youngmin
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I hope you and your loved ones are well during these unprecedented times.

Please continue to stay safe and be kind to each other.

BTW, I am well and my family in California and Korea are all well! My mom sent me her recent tablet drawing to cheer us up and I want to share it with you.


Spring is in the air

I hope all of our efforts to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus are successful. I live in Northern California and we have been under shelter-in-place orders since mid-March, and the stay-at-home order has been extended until May 3rd.  Since I have more free time than normal, I started sewing projects that I’d put aside for a while. I finished making a jacket, a dress, and a few small projects. Then I moved my direction to make face masks for family and friends. Now I am making masks for those people who still have to go to work while we stay at home. My friend Julie Weisenberger, the owner of Cocoknits, donated boxes of muslin fabric so I can keep making masks. And a few friends are willing to take some fabrics and sew more masks. If you live near me and want to participate in this, please let me know. I am happy to share materials with you so we can help together. 

I am optimistic about the Korea Textile Tour in October; however, I am going to wait until summer to make a decision. Please be patient and positive!

Keep calm and sew on!




Schedule in 2020

Many workshops are canceled or postponed but I am hoping that we can resume all the exciting events soon!

Recipe of the month- Bulgogi 

One good thing about Stay at home order is having meals with my husband every day. This easy dish is my dinner tonight!

1 LB thin-sliced beef ( I use Shaved beef from Trader Joe's) 
4 TBS soy sauce
2 TBS sugar or honey
2 TBS cooking wine or soju or white wine 
3 TBS crushed Korean pear (optional)
5 Cloves of crushed garlic
2 TBS chopped scallion
1 tsp thin-sliced ginger
1 tsp black pepper
1 TBS toasted sesame seeds
1 TBS sesame oil 

Mix all the ingredients to make marinade sauce.
Marinade meat with this sauce at least 30 min. 
Stir fry meat with your favorite vegetables such as sliced onion, mushrooms, carrots, chives or anything you can find in your refrigerator.
Serve with cooked rice. Enjoy! 


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