My Hato cards arrived in the mail today, and I'm afraid I couldn't wait until Monday - I wanted to show a few to you right now! Hato are traditional Korean cards. A deck has 12 suits of four cards - each suit represents a different month of the year. The general goal of the card game is to acquire as many complete suits as possible (this is a bit of an oversimplification, but more of less correct). Anyway, the cards are beautifully illustrated - the highest value cards have the most complex designs. The cards in the photo above are examples of high value cards. I grew up playing a simple version of this game with my mother, and I have a sentimental attachment to it, as a result. The cards are much smaller (and heavier) than Western playing cards, and I think they will be suitable for pendants, etc. Anyway, that's where I'm heading with all of this, although, of course, I have had a nice deck in my possession for a while now that I don't intend to touch, as I still enjoy playing the game (when I can find a partner - Mom, when are you visiting next?).
If you are interested in learning how to play with Hato cards, Randy L. Pearson has actually created shareware and on-line versions of the game. Please go here to check it out.
As for me, well, remember that bead show that I was supposed to be skipping to avoid temptation? Erm, well, it's tomorrow... I can't help it - I'm just a weak-willed woman. (Plus, I've been de-stashing on eBay, so I have a little more bead money - rationalize, rationalize). Anyway, it's a small, local one, so how much damage could I do really? Right? Right??
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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