August 2020 newsletter Default Category

Summer Greetings
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Try to find a silver lining during a tough time

I hope you are all well!
July went by so quickly, and we still don't see or hear positive news yet. Every day, I hope for a brighter tomorrow. 

I am excited to announce that my bojagi, 'Remnants of Memory' has been selected by the jury to be featured in the exhibition 
The De Young Open. For this piece, I used vintage/antique fabrics from Korea, and I hand-dyed some fabrics at home in California. I was thinking about if fabrics could hold memories from the old days. I wanted to channel through the old memories while I was hand stitching this bojagi.

This month, I will be teaching just a few classes, including 
Flower Pincushion class with A Verb For Keeping Warm. I signed up for some classes myself to nurture my own creativity. I will be back with more offerings in September so please stay tuned! 

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! 

August Recipe-Kongguksu, Soybean milk noodle
One of summertime easy meal menu is Kong Guksu (soybean milk noodle). 

1 cup soybeans
2 TBS toasted sesame seeds
2 tsp salt 
1/4 cup julienned cucumber
Somyeon (somen), Korean thin noodle

Wash and soak soybeans in 2 cups water overnight. (This will make 2 cups of soybeans after soaking)

Boil water and add soybeans. Cook for 3-4 minutes (don't overcook) and rinse with cold water. Remove the soybean skins by rubbing with hands.

In a blender, add 1cup of cooked soybeans, sesame seeds, and 2 cups water.  Run through a strainer. Do the same step with the rest of soybeans and sesame seeds and water.

Cook somyeon for 3 minutes and rinse with cold water.
In a big bowl, put noodles, pour soybean milk over, and garnish with cucumber.
Season with salt. Enjoy!
Flower Pincushion class is finally here! I will be teaching this class at A Verb For Keeping Warm's Zoom class on August 15th, 10 am -2 pm. The class includes my booklet and naturally dyed fabric kit.
Sign up here! 

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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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