Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Don't miss this WAC Workshop
Youngmin Lee
May 17 & 18, 2015
Jogakbo - Patchworked Bojagi
Location for both days is: 
New Moon Textiles, 1756 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 

Registration: $120  for members, $140 non-members
Send your check made out to WAC to Diane Ricks, 6548 Belhaven Court, Alta Loma, CA 91701 or email Diane Ricks for more info about the workshop and supplies.

You are invited to join this workshop and create a patchwork Bojagi.

Patchworked bojagi (jogakbo) were made exclusively by and for the common people using various colors of small remnants. Jogakbo are comparable to modern abstract paintings. The talent and aesthetic sense that created a work of art from discarded scraps of cloths were sufficient to make jogakbo excellent works of art. 
While making jogakbo, women wished for the recipients’ good luck and happiness. This is why bojagi were also called bok meaning both a wrapping cloth and good luck in Korean. Something made with much care was believed to bring good luck and happiness. Thus, it seems that making a great effort to patch together the scraps of cloth was regarded as a medium for asking for good luck. In addition, connecting small pieces of cloths was associated with long life.

Students Supply List:
Cutting Mat- 12”x18” or bigger
Rotary Cutter-28 mm blade works the best for most bojagi projects.
Omnigrid ruler- 3”x 18”, 6”x 12” or any length
Sewing kit with usual tools-pins, needles, seam ripper, fabric pencil, fabric scissors, small scissors
*Hera marker- white plastic tool that makes crease on the fabric
Can be purchased from Youngmin at the workshop
Iron and ironing board.
Kit fee: $30 Workshop Registration 
Note that the locations of these classes vary. Due to increasing costs the classes may vary in price. Unless otherwise stated members pay $60 a day and non-members pay $70 a day. There is an additional kit fee. REFUNDS can only be made for cancellations received before the first day of the month in which the class is held. TO REGISTER or for more information contact Diane Ricks
Youngmin Lee

Korean-born artist Youngmin Lee holds a master’s degree in fashion design and a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles. She has presented numerous workshops, classes and demonstrations on Korean arts and crafts around the Bay Area. Recently she had demonstrated her Bojagi and Maedub in Asian Art Museum in San Francisco as a part of Asia Alive Program. She also had participated Oakland Museum’s Lunar New Year celebration with her Bojagi and Maedub artworks. 

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This is an oppurtunity to learn something you probably will never see another class in.  Also a great way to use scraps.
Let me know if you want a spot in the workshop, and send me a check for $120 if you are a member of WAC.  $140 if not.
Since I will be gone most of April I am getting the word out early.  Don't miss it! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last Class I'm going on Vacation

 Ice Dyeing was a BIG Success!  The Rayon scarves (above) took to it like crazy.  Everyone had a beautiful piece of fabric to show off yesterday.
 The variety of fabrics and colors that were achieved was beautiful.

 The fabric and the T-shirt Judy is wearing were both dyed at the same time.  She didn't think she had put any fuchsia into the mix, but there it was making a big contribution to the beauty of the colors.

 The scarves just kept coming as Dace laid out one after another that she had ice dyed and also microwave dyed.
The colors just kept coming.  What a fun process ice dyeing turned out to be.
At the moment I have 5 old t-shirts out in the backyard getting revitilized with ice dyeing.  I can hardly wait until tomorrow when they will be done.

This was the last regular class, but next week we are going on a field trip to downtown LA.  We will meet in the South Parking lot at 8:45 am and carpool.

If you have something you really want to do next fall please either put it in the comments here on the blog or send me an e-mail  bobby@charter.net   I have a few trips to go on this Summer,  but the Wednesday after Labor Day we will start classes again.  Let me know what you want to do.  I'll keep posting throughout the Summer so you can see what I'm doing.

Friday, March 20, 2015


Ice Dyeing gave amazing results.
 IT was so easy and look at the explosion of color.  WOW !
I had never tried it before, but I will do it again.  In fact I left the dye in the closet so if you want to do more ice dyeing bring some ice.

 The results of the microwave dyeing were great.  It is worth trying some more also.
                All the equipment for that will be there next week as well.

We will be adding some stamps, stencils, and silk screens to the mix, so if you had something that didn't come out as well as you would like,  bring it and I will bring my collection of silk screens, stencils and stamps plus both paint and discharge paste, and bleach products to take out color.
This is our last class for this session.

April 1 we are planning our annual field trip to F.I.D.M. to see the display and then an excursion to downtown.  I will bring more information and we will plan carpools from various areas.
The field trip is always great fun so plan to come if you can and bring a friend.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ice Dyeing

Next Wednesday we will be doing ICE DYEING.  Here is a link to Dharma and their instructions.


You may want to use a T-shirt or similar garment for this technique.  It will only work with cotton, Rayon, or Linen because it is cold set.  If you do a T-shirt look for 100% cotton or Rayon if it has polyester in it the poly will not dye.  Since it will not take long to set this up you can continue to microwave or parfait dye other things.

Bring your bucket or bin and a perforated tray plus a plastic bag to take it home in.  I'll bring the ice and the dye.

These are a few of the Parfait dyed items from last week.  "Way to go girls"

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Things Finished and New Things Started

Sorry I haven't posted for a couple of weeks, but right after class I went to the Sewing Expo in Washington and then it was busy, busy.

 Here are some of the things that were done in the last painting class.  It was lots of fun and I think everyone learned a lot of new techniques and tricks.  Mary was into fish, and did a very nice scarf.
 Amelia did not just one but two dresses for her twin granddaughters with a "Frozen" theme
 Melanie's Camelia scarf is so lovely.

We look forward to seeing Karen wearing this darling blouse.

 Myrna is still working on this wonderful Japanese themed jacket.  I hope she will bring it in when it is finished so you all get to see it.
 Janet is still "in process" on this amazing Calla Lily jacket.  She has been taking her time to make it perfect and it is.
 Midge shared some Parfait dyed scarves with us last week.
 Pat has finished her hand  painted jacket and has painted fabric for a shell to go under it.  Way to go!
 Susan is back with us this session and shared a couple of discharged tee shirts she had made.
 We concentrated on "Parfait Dyeing" with Procion dye and cotton last week.  I had ordered some hand woven cotton scarves from Dharma and had neglected to wash out the starch and sizing before trying to dye them.  The starch resisted the dye, but after we all gave them a quick wash in some Blue Dawn and a bit of Soda Ash  they took the dye just beautifully.  NOTE*  Remember to wash out the starch and sizing before trying to dye commercial fabrics and anything that is not PFD.
 This is my result of dyeing a washed scarf.  Below is the other scarf washed out and over dyed.  It is more intense, but a bit muddled in the colors; because of the double dyeing.
Next Wednesday we will be using the Microwave Ovens to create the heat to set our dyes.  Bring either cotton or silk as I will bring both kinds of dyes, and explain the differences.  We will do several Shibori folds and ties to give our fabric or scarves some patterns and then set them in the Microwaves.  This is instant gratification.