As a child, Elizabeth DeCroos was always keenly interested in a variety of needlecrafts.
In 2009, she and her young family traveled to South Korea, where she had the opportunity to learn pojagi—a traditional Korean art form that dates back thousands of years.
Pojagi is characterized by hand stitching seams with an overcast stitch rather than a running stitch.
Upon returning to Canada, Elizabeth continued to create with pojagi and developed techniques for similar patchwork using a sewing machine, and materials that were more readily available in the west.
In ancient Korea, most women were socially isolated. Their lives revolved around caring for their homes and families. They worked in the gardens, kitchens, and sewing rooms.
Using pieces of cloth left from making the family clothing, Korean women stitched the scraps together to create beautiful wrapping cloths that were used to store heirlooms and valuables. Pojagi was born!
Elizabeth will be teaching workshops at Quilt Canada 2024 in Edmonton, AB, June 20-22, 2024. More detail here.