Stitch Sampler Book

A Virtual Class with Youngmin Lee

A handmade sampler fabric book filled with learned stitches will be a resource and reminder you can return to again and again. Alternatively, you may like to fill the pages with other embroidery stitches, lace, collections of any kind, or fully realized narrative stitched stories. You could make a whole reference library of sacred techniques!  Youngmin will teach us foundational stitches, and decorative stitches, and then lead us through binding the stitched pages together into an heirloom companion to treasure.

Part I, The Inside Stitched Pages (chaekjang 책장):

Gamchimjil, Homjil, Bageumjil and Ssamsol… Youngmin will teach sixteen basic and essential stitches to make Bojagi and other traditional textile arts. Students will learn these stitches by practicing them on fabric pages. Each page will get its own special stitch to act as a reminder of the learned skill and a resource for projects to come. 

Part II, The Bound Book (chaek 책): The pages made in Part I will become the contents of a bound sampler book, which will be put together in this class. This book will act as a beautiful lexicon of stitches that you can return to whenever you need a reminder. You may also take this class separately if you would like to fill the pages of a handmade book with other embroidered stitches, words, lace, etc.

These classes may be taken separately or together. Part I will teach you a variety of stitches and Part II will teach you how to make a fabric book. Sign up for Part I, Part II, or Part I & II in the drop down menu. 

To assist in your learning, Youngmin will also send additional PDF files and resource videos.


Part I Supply List:

  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing thread- 40 wt.- 50 wt. cotton sewing thread or 30 wt. silk thread.
  • Fabric (1 yard) that can make 20 of 5”x5” fabric to make stitch samples- medium weight plain woven cotton, linen, or ramie. 
  • Fabric marking tools such as a fabric pencil or Frixion marker.
  • Ruler
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron and ironing mat

Part II Supply List:
(some supplies have links to help you source the materials)

Part I, Pages (chaekjang 책장)– Saturday, April 9th and 16th, 2022
Part II, Book (chaek 책) – Friday, April 22nd and Saturday April 23rd, 2022

2 pm – 4:30 pm ET

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants
the day before class.

$150 for each part, $300 for parts I & II

*If you are unable to make the live class time, please note that recordings of the classes will be made available to you.

Youngmin Lee

Youngmin Lee is a textile artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a BA in Clothing and Textile and an MFA in Fashion Design, Youngmin has presented numerous workshops, classes and demonstrations on Korean Textile Arts including workshops at numerous places such as the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Oakland Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, Mendocino Art Center and Textile Art Council of De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Youngmin’s bojagi work was shown at the Asian Art Museum’s Asia Alive program in San Francisco and other museums and galleries in the U.S. and internationally.

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