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November 27, 2020

the Christmas fairies have been busy again

unseen in the early hours of the morning

they have left tin stars this time

for anyone local they came from Lee Valley Tools

even better, are made in Canada

(I dont get anything for promoting them, think they make great small gifts)

I ordered a PDF pattern from Youngmin Lee to make a traditional Korean flower pincushion

all hand stitched and finished in the center with a bakjwi (bat figure)

 symbolizing good luck and good fortune

made from scraps, (the star fabric is a coincidence) it is beautifully designed  and fun to make

carefully finished

there is a picture of an elaborate one in the book

100 Thimbles in a Box – The Spirit and Beauty of Korean Handicrafts

it is one of the most beautiful and informative books on traditional handicrafts I have seen

and it includes thimbles made by Youngmin Lee

the pincushions would make wonderful gifts for stitch happy friends

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    November 28, 2020 3:13 am



    • November 28, 2020 10:31 am

      Sue – thanks, this has started an online conversation with Youngmin Lee and visits to her Instagram page @youngminlee_bojagi she does beautiful, fine detailed work.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        November 29, 2020 3:25 am

        I love doing tiny intricate work but so often it gets elbowed out by bigger more ‘useful’ stuff. Why is it so hard for me to do things that are just for fun or because they are beautiful if of limited practical value? A plain pincushion holds pins just as well as a fancy one so I always end up making it plain and promising myself that next time….


      • November 29, 2020 11:26 am

        Sue – what we make reflects who we are as an individual. I generally make things that have a useful component, that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun to make and/or beautiful.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        November 30, 2020 2:47 am

        True. It is what I need to get into myhead!


      • November 30, 2020 11:43 am

        Sue – that’s the hard part.

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  2. November 27, 2020 6:26 pm

    That book sounds lovely! I wonder if you’ll catch the pincushion bug; I have a friend who is unable to resist making them, or indeed buying patterns for them.


    • November 27, 2020 10:22 pm

      Kate – no, no pinchushion bug, I have too many collections of stuff. I will make a couple more for gifts and then maybe get crazy and make a really fancy one for myself. Possibly with silk. But have too many projects on the go at the moment.

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