An online (Zoom) workshop on Boro techniques with April Sproule.

In 19th century Japan, textiles were a valued commodity. Japanese Boro Stitching originated then as a way for people to extend the life of their worn-out textiles by repurposing them into things like floor coverings, clothing, and bed coverings. The worn fabrics scraps were held together using small stitches known as Boro Stitching.

The emphasis in this workshop will be on the hand stitching and how to create dynamic contrast using different textures and patterns. The stitching and the innovative use of beautiful papers along with the fabrics gives this work a very unique look.

Those fabrics or scraps you’ve saved to use for “something special” will be perfect for this project. Now is a great time to raid your stash and make something wonderful with those treasures. You will make a small scroll or wall hanging, approximately 9” x 18”.

You will be captivated by the Boro Stitching process as the beauty of your stitches and the feel of the texture magically begin to emerge on your cloth. Becoming immersed in the stitching, you’ll soon discover the calming effect of this lovely practice. All your stitching will be done by hand without an embroidery hoop.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

We will cover:

  • Color and design options
  • Workflow and construction techniques for hand piecing
  • Finishing ideas for your scroll, and a PDF of the Slideshow used in class

You will learn:

  • Hand embroidery without a hoop on fabric and paper
  • A variety of mending and decorative stitches
  • Development of different patterns using basic stitches

Boro, Mending_Student’s Supply List

Saturday February 10, 2024, 1-4 pm
$65 ($45 for PenWAG members)