Bojagi: Jogakbo stitched Korean covering cloth with Sara Cook

Art textiles Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Ref: S1D12271

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About this course

Discover the inspirational qualities of this ancient tradition of Bojagi (Korean wrapping cloths) and piece together your own Jogakbo cloth by hand stitching, using traditional ramie fabrics.

Course Description

On this one-day course, you will learn how to cut and piece together coloured ramie fabrics, using traditional seams, techniques and tools to make a contemporary covering cloth by hand. This type of piecing is known as Jogakbo or pieced patchwork.

The course will start with a short talk, introducing the different types of wrapping cloths. The tutor will show a selection of her work, illustrating the different types and techniques used when making bojagi.

You will be working with traditional ramie fabric. This fabric will be part of the kit that you will be given at the start of the course. Your kit will contain a design for you to follow as a guide or you can create your own informal design.

The tutor will demonstrate techniques to the whole group, but will work with you individually in starting to create your own jogakbo design. Instructions for completing the cloth will also be included in your kit, in case you do not reach that stage.

The aim of the workshop is to explore the use of the Garumsol seam (whip stitched seam) for joining fabrics together within an informal design to make a lined covering cloth. Symbolic decorative embellishments, Bakjwi maedup (Bat knot) and Settam Sangchim (triple stitching), will be demonstrated for inclusion in the cloth. The significance of these embellishments and others will be explored.

You will be able to take inspiration from the historical examples of wrapping and covering cloths from the resources provided during the class. Please bring a notepad and pen.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

  • You will receive a kit, containing a selection of hand dyed ramie fabrics, enough to complete your covering cloth. You can swap colours around to suit your taste.
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Printed instructions for seaming techniques and embellishments

What students need to bring

  • Hera marker or creasing tool (The tutor will have some for sale.)
  • 6” x 1” Creative Grids acrylic ruler or other similar size acrylic ruler, if you have one
  • Silk pins
  • 40 weight, white or grey cotton thread
  • Large sharp scissors for cutting fabric
  • Small sharp scissors for snipping threads and cutting smaller pieces of fabric
  • If you have a rotary cutting set with an A3 board, 45mm rotary cutting tool and acrylic ruler, then please bring this along as an alternative for cutting your fabrics with.
Please make sure that if you wear glasses for close work, that you bring them with you. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).

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