Grace's bag Bags and purses

Two weeks ago, I decided to take a break from sewing until the new year.
But I got tired of not making anything in just a week and a half.
Grace came over and chose this clutch the other day. She wanted to have a little longer strap.
I made a strap using gajibangsuk(eggplant cushion) knots and garakji(ring) knots.
This year has been very busy but productive for me.
One thing at a time and keep positive! This was my motto this year.
In new year, I will keep trying things that I love and hopefully my happiness passes to others with my creations.
Happy New Year!

2주전 새해까지 일을 쉬기로 마음먹고 바느질방 문을 굳게 닫았다.
하지만 한주반만에 아무것도 안만드는 시간이 너무 길고 지루해져 버렸다.
그레이스가 고른 작은 손지갑에 끈을 달아 달래서 그 핑계김에 바느질방 문을 열고 잠시 즐거운 시간을 보냈다. 가지방석과 가락지 매듭을 이용해 끈을 달아 보았다.
지난 한해는 한번에 한가지씩, 긍정적으로 살자는 마음으로 열심히 바쁘게 지내왔다. 새해에도 좋아하는 일을 하면서 남들에게도 행복을 나누어 주면서 살고 싶다.
새해 복 많이 받으세요!

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Moshi bojagi bag Bags and purses

Combining two of my favorite things turned quite nice.
Bojagi techniques and a bag making.
When I had an open house, I displayed this bag but not intended to sell it. But many people liked it and keep asking about it. So took orders and made 3 more bags. Fun!
First, I made long strips of moshi bojagi using ssamsol technique.
And added solid moshi fabric then made it into a big tote bag. Great chance to learn about what people like. I might try more projects with bojagi techniques.

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Life is Good Life

December always makes me feel anxious. As soon as December starts( even before it starts actually), I change my mode into holiday and busy decorating, buying presents, planning for holidays. I start to making to-do list everyday and it help me calm down every time I feel in a hurry. Last week, I was saving my whole day for a special person and savored the time with her.

Her name is Lucy, she came from Mexico city to meet me!( I know she has other plans in her mind, too. But she saved one day especially for me as I did :)
Couple months ago I got an email from her that she wants to learn about Bojagi.
I've done this distance class with Kim in Seattle years ago so we started Bojagi class via mail.
I sent her materials and the instructions and she sent me back the project that she has done.
Sending and receiving mails took longer that we anticipated since we are eager to hear from each other. She is a patchwork teacher in Mexico and recently taught a course about the patchworks around the world. I was thrilled when she asked me about teaching Bojagi as a part of the course.
When she came to my house last week, I felt that I've known her long time.
We talked about Bojagi, sewing, culture and Bojagi again.
She surprised me with her own creations. She brought me a handmade wallet wrapped in a blue linen Bojagi! She understood so well about the meaning and use of Bojagi.We went to Korean restaurant for lunch and after trying 2 places(funny they both closed on Monday) we finally has soon du bu( spicy tofu soup) and grilled mackerel at the third restaurant.
After the lunch we started our 3rd project, flower shape pin cushion. Time went too fast so we couldn't finish the project. But Lucy got an idea of making it so she will finish it at home.
I wish we had more time just sewing but it got dark already so I drove her back to her friend's place. We had so many things in common and sewing was just one thing out of them. On the way home I felt so happy to have a friend who shares passion of Bojagi. Now I dream the day I visit her studio in Mexico city. Some day!

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