Today I had my first class of traditional Korean patchwork. It is similar to North American patchwork, but it is made out of silk. I have never worked with silk before, so it is a new experience.
My first project is a mat with six squares in the middle and white border. The squares were marked on the fabric with chalk and a small ruler. Everything is measured in centimeters and millimeters rather than inches. They were 10 centimeter squares, including a one centimeter seam allowance (about 3/8″).
To mark the seam allowances, I pressed along the stitching line with a bone tool, using the ruler as a guide.
This left a faint line which we used to fold the fabric down, very similar to scoring paper.
When they are pressed open, the stitching is clearly visible.
It was very interesting to do something familiar, but with new materials and tools. My class lasts for three months. The teacher has a list of projects, so when I finish one, she gives me the next one and we’ll see how many I can finish in this session.