In Korean culture a first birthday and the 60th birthday are especially important. Dating back to earlier times when babies succumbed to a number of maladies and the life expectancy was shorter, these two birthdays became a family time to really celebrate. The first birthday celebration is called a Dol or Doljanchi, and the highlight of the celebration is when the baby is placed in front of a group of items and everyone waits with bated breath to see what the baby chooses. Each item has a positive meaning, but it is thought that whatever the baby grabs first is a look into their future.
My oldest grandson grabbed the thread which means long life.
The younger grandson chose pencils which means he will be intelligent or artistic.
So, you ask what this all has to do with stitching, LOL...well, I am headed down to another 1st birthday celebration! My sister's granddaughter is turning one and having a "Dol" celebration and I decided to make something special. I have stitched up the sweetest Crabapple Hill Studio design using the color crayon technique and embroidery. You can see a demo of the crayon technique on Quilt Roadies May 8th video. But, I wanted to add the birthday girl's name to the stitchery. I printed off the size and font I wanted from my computer after testing a few. Then, using my Me Sew Light Table, I was able to trace a perfect script of her name onto the project!
Once the stitching was completed I used fusible batting on the back and framed it! I love how this project turned out and am excited to see what this little girl chooses for her destiny!
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.