Elegant Cotton • Wool • Silk Quilts is an exciting departure from the books I usually have the privilege of featuring. Quoting from the preface, “The designs here put special emphasis on the ancient cultures of Korea. …This book will serve as an introduction to and a window into ‘The Land of Morning Calm.’ …Though many of the designs are actually more than a few thousand years old, this will be the first glimpse through the eyes of the Western viewer.”
It was exciting to turn the pages of this book and discover shapes and designs I’d never seen before.
How about these Asian interpretations of flowers, leaves, clouds, and mountains done up penny-rug style… gorgeous!
I was captivated by the section on Chopkey — a Korean folding technique. Rami give step-by-step instructions for making a traditional costume coat.
As the titles implies, there are projects done in cotton, wool, and silk, and you can certainly use any of these materials for the design of your choice.
The books jumps right into the projects, so basic skills in hand blanket-stitch embroidery will be needed. Also, the designs need to be enlarged 200%.
If you’d like a chance to win this book that translates Korean architectural elements into American quilts, please leave a comment here on the blog by 7:00 p.m. California time on Friday, May 9.
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By Kay Mackenzie