Shin-hee Chin - Women's Work
The evening started out with our embroidery group meeting. Quite a few have projects going, some needed questions answered and some were looking for alternative projects.
Because a few have mentioned that they would like to turn their knowledge of regular embroidery into Silk Ribbon embroidery.......in the month of May - they will be learning how to make
this chick in the garden pincusion. If you did not get a copy of what is required before the next meeting, you can click here to print out the prep work sheet. Please let Vevia know ASAP if you want to buy a silk ribbon kit from her. Due to the price of silk ribbon, she will only be making enough kits for those that let her know they want one (Kit fee will be under $10 - so far that is Verna Lee, Jeanette K, Susie, Debrah B., Jeanette D, Virginia, Bev and Deb M.). Or you can go to the web site that Vevia gets her supplies from and order what you would like to have. 2mm, 4mm and 7 mm are the sizes that will be used in this small project. There are 33 feet of ribbon that usually come on a spool for about $3.50. Go in with a friend. If you have other ribbon that you want to try using for flowers that you can attach - please bring them in. This will be a slow project - no one is expected to finish at the May meeting. If you do - boy do we have a job for you!
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Our speaker and her husband were at the meeting ahead of time to set up.
As you can see, we had a great turn out. Know there were 39 members present, not sure of the guest count during the program.
Ginny had seen our speaker's work last year at the Pres. Eisenhower Museum in Abilene and gave a wonderful introduction.
Shin-hee Chin is an internationally acclaimed fiber artist from McPherson. As it was so interesting to hear her speak and see all the slides and quilts she brought - comments will be minimal as I did not write down much. Who could remember everything. Please enjoy what we were able to capture for you. If you get a chance to see Shin-hee Chin in the future = grab it.
(Click on the pictures to have them come in larger.)
Shin-hee Chin was born in Korea and was there until 1988, when at the age of 29 she came to the US.
In Michigan, she had a 90 year old neighbor that gave her some yo-yo's.
This was the start to her research into women, their work, skills and talents. Her first self portrait contained 900 yo-yo's.
The yo yo quilts were amazing.
The pictures of her three children were done using recycled baby blankets and such.
Shin-hee Chin showed us the technique used to twist fabric into pictures like shown above.
It came from the idea of paper twisting to make paper thread. She rolls on the bias, and then sticks end to end to make the "thread" used in the picture above.
These are a few slides of what was displayed in Abilene.
The three generations of the women in her family are shown here at a younger age (20's) and then below at an older age (mom 82).
Sometimes we take our freedom and religion for granted. Shin-hee Chin told us of her grandfather who was born in 1895 and at the age of 25 accepted Jesus. He was persecuted and imprisoned for his beliefs.
Women have been persecuted, imprisoned and slain for what they have believed in also.
Anything that she can gather - may be used in her quilts. The quilt above was made using many place mats.
Shin-hee Chin had a few slides of her work space. This is not at her home. She has to gather up her supplies and go here to finish them.
This is one of Shin-hee Chins innovative use of "fiber" - clothing tags.
It was very interesting to see what labels her husband and children have had. Her husband teased that he has no clothes with the original tags still in them.
Believe this one has 1,000 yo yo's.
The ladies were very interested in gathering together and getting to touch Shin-hee Chin's quilts. It was amazing to see how she interpreted her craft in so many ways.
Birthday Flower BOM
The ladies did not get a chance to bring in their blocks last month when we were at the museum, so we had plenty to look at this month. Names are included with the blocks.
May will be the Lily of the Valley as shown here. You can get any or all of the patterns and how to do the coloring at the left of this post under "Forms and Info to print out".
Show 'n Tell started during refreshment time as our guest that brought in these Hmong samples had to leave.
Ginny started us out with her t-shirt quilt for a graduating grandchild. Some crazy t-shirts in there.
Frances B. has been really busy, she had three offerings to
Show 'n Tell for us
this month. Frances knows how to make the back as interesting as the front.
Sara brought in her block case that she has finished. Can you guess what Sara likes to collect?
Jane made this fantastic quilt - forgive me Jane - was it 1,314 pieces in this quilt? Wow, however many!
Deb had this darling quilt to share.
Anne finished this real cute Christmas quilt in plenty of time for this years season.
Erlene found this lovely quilt and is redoing the binding to make it pop more. Look at all those paper piecing blocks. Hope she brings it back next month all finished for us to see.
Thank you Karen and Bev for doing such a great job of heading up our meeting. Carol was visiting with her brand new grandchild and could not be with us.
Thank you to everyone.
Looking forward to seeing what next month's meeting presents.
See you there.