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 TableI 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!

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#4 GrannyD11 2019-05-16 14:20
My oldest son married a delightful Korean girl who taught me that in their culture a child was considered to be age 1 when they were born, and everyone aged one year on New Years Day. The 100th day was celebrated because of high infant mortality. The international birthdate is celebrated for all official reasons. If you want, you can have two birthdays!
#3 clwarren 2019-05-15 16:28
What a wonderful tradition! Your grandson is absolutely adorable!
I love the gift you made for your sister's granddaughter. Are you going to share what she choose with us? Please do, I would love to hear what it is.
#2 Anna B 2019-05-15 10:17
Jean Robbins...I hope you get this response. The largest area for Korean clothing I know is Korea Town in Los Angeles...you can google the stores there and certainly find something!!! Just so you know at a Korean Wedding one of the dances includes the groom carrying the brides mother around the room...as his commitment to take care of her parents!!!
#1 Jean Robbins 2019-05-15 09:36
I love the Korean outfits. My daughter is getting married in September into a Korean family and wants to do an outfit for the flower girl but can't find a pattern for that. Also, is there a pattern for the bride to go over the wedding dress and for the groom for a Korean blessing? They want to bring the Korean culture into their day!

By the way, the fiancee's nephew chose the sword for his 1st birthday. He will be a protector!
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