Today I visited the Chojun Textile Quilt Art Museum in Seoul. It is a tiny little place, but easy to find with clear signs from the subway station.
It has some western-style quilts and some pieces of pojagi as well as some examples of Korean traditional clothing from different historical eras. This is a prince and princess wedding wedding outfit.
It has very detailed embroidery.
Some of the quilts were amazing because of the scale. I didn’t touch this one, but held my hand up for reference. The strips are about 1/4″ finished size.
I might consider using pieces that small for a pincushion or possibly a (small) pillow, but this was a full-size quilt – at least a bed-sized.
There were some interesting things for sale in the shop. I couldn’t get a clear picture of this pojagi since it was behind glass in a dim room, but the piecing is amazing. The stitches are way smaller than mine, all done by hand. It is a piece about 14″ square and sells for $100. (no, I didn’t buy it, but for the time it would take, I think it’s worth it.)
These pincushions are similar to the ones I make, but smaller – about 2″ round. They are done by hand and are also $100. (Just to compare, I saw other ones in the tourist shopping are for $15-20 last summer. My teacher said with disgust that they were obviously made in China.) There were even smaller pincushions here as well – about 1″ round. They would be fiddly to make, but quite cute.
Now I have lots of new pattern ideas. I just have to get around to making them.