Lectures and Workshops

If you’re looking for a unique presentation for your guild or sewing group, I love to speak to groups and teach others techniques I have learned and developed.  These are some of the options I have available.

Lecture Options

1. Pojagi – from ancient Korea to modern Canada

Korean wrapping cloth on a package
traditional wrapping cloth

Part lecture and part trunk show, this fun talk tells my journey from Canada to Korea and back again.  While in Korea, I studied the ancient art of Pojagi, Korean patchwork.  Back in Canada, however, the Korean materials are more difficult to find, so I adapted pojagi techniques to readily-available western materials with some great results.

2. Pojagi – Ancient Korean Patchwork

blue and green modern pojagi window hanging
pojagi improv window hanging

Pojagi is an ancient Korean art form.  This lecture tells the history of Korean women – from the palace to the cottage – who saved every scrap of fabric and used them to create beautiful items for their homes and families.  With many samples of the fabrics, threads and techniques, we can see both similarities and differences between the origins of pojagi and the origins of quilting.

3. My Quilting Journey

white, blue and pink quilt
No Flies in my Garden Quilt

This trunk show has a bit of everything. In my quilting journey. I have tried almost everything – traditional and modern, strip piecing and paper piecing, free motion quilting and hand quilting. My only problem is that I love it all (except sewing on hanging sleeves). The samples include my collection of quilts and quilted items, including some Pojagi

What people are saying:

“Elizabeth’s Pojagi:From Ancient Korea to Modern Canada has everything you want in a demonstration. Informative history and technique interspersed with humor and well demonstrated with exquisite samples. At our quilters’ guild meeting, Elizabeth held her audience captive as she traveled through Pojagi’s history of Korean hand piecing from 47AD right up to modern day Canada where Elizabeth has adapted this art form to machine sewing which is as beautiful as the handwork she learned first hand in Korea. If you get a chance to take in her presentation you will not be disappointed!” 

-Karen Gingerich, Pieces & Patches Quilters’ Guild President

Workshops

1. Modern Pojagi Improv window hanging

Use fat quarters or 10” squares of batik to create a one-of a kind pojagi project.

In this class you will learn two different methods of pojagi seams and when to use them. If you struggle with not having a pattern to follow or how to start with improv piecing, working in a group will get you going. Once you start, you won’t be able to make just one – you will want to experiment with different colours and arrangements.

This is a full-day workshop.

2. Luminosity Collection

In this class, I will step you through one of the patterns from the Luminosity Collection. The entire class will make the same pattern. We will either Glow, Glimmer or Gleam using strips of pojagi and the “loop and clip” technique.  You will learn two different methods of pojagi seam and when to use them in making a unique pojagi piece.

This can be either a half or full-day workshop. In a half-day workshop you will learn everything you need to know and start your project. In the full-day workshop, most people will be able to finish the project completely.

3. Traditional Pojagi by Hand

In this workshop, I teach traditional pojagi techniques.  Students will make a small project to be determined by the workshop organizers.  I have many different options such as bookmarks, small bags or pincushions.  For ideas of the type of projects, check out my pojagi Christmas countdown collection.  Organizers can also choose if students will be using linen and cotton or traditional materials such as silk and ramie.  Kits will be purchased by the students with some colour options available.

This can be a half or full-day workshop.

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