Learn the ancient hand stitching technique of Bojagi also spelled Pojagi with Liz Kettle. The Bojagi technique is incredibly simple but you could take a lifetime to explore all the variations. We will be learning the traditional hand stitching technique. In this class you will learn the technique and spend the day creating a totally unique wall hanging.
Bojagi panels have a modern aesthetic despite being an ancient technique. They can be created with sheer and opaque fabrics. You can follow tradition and use leftover bits and pieces of worn out clothing or create your panel out of new coordinated fabrics. Either way it will be beautiful.
Supplies Needed to bring for Class:
Assorted fabrics: cotton, linen, silk organza or ramie. Crisp fabrics with a bit of body work better than soft, slippery fabrics. Bring an assortment in the colors you want to use. Fabrics that do not have a right or wrong side (such as hand dyed or sheer organza) work very well. No more than a grocery bag full.
Assorted thread: Cotton thread, Perle cotton (size 12 or 8) and embroidery floss all work great. Bring an assortment of colors that complement or contrast with your chosen fabrics.
Needles: hand sewing embroidery, milliners or chenille in assorted sizes
Basic sewing kit: small scissors, hera marker if you have one, thimble if you use one, readers and extra lighting (if you need them).
Optional: rotary cutter, small mat, and ruler
A little history:
A Bojagi also spelled Pojagi, is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Traditional Korean Folk religions believed that keeping something wrapped protected good luck. Food was often present under a bojagi cloth. They were also used for transporting items.
Bojagi were originally made from worn out clothing or leftover bits from other sewing. Fibers used were cotton, silk and ramie. Ramie is a fiber made from Chinese nettle also known as China Grass. Ramie is older than cotton and was considered a luxury fabric for the working class. Silk and treasured embroidery bits from a sleeve or neckline were often preserved and recycled into these new beautiful wrapping cloths.