Slow Sewing: Boro & Shashiko

Slow Sewing: Boro & Shashiko


Not Yo Grandmother's Darning:  Learning the art of Boro and Sashiko

Maximum Class Size: 6

Join us for an evening of mindful stitching learning the art of visible mending and traditional Japanese repair work, boro. 

Boro or boroboro, losely in Japanese means something tattered or repaired.  This type of sewing is perfect for a beginner because this style of sewing involves hand stitching by way of experimenting with Sashiko, a simple running stitch that can be as rudimentary or elaborate as you want it to be.

No previous experience is necessary.

The objective of this class is to use hand stitches including Sashiko to repair or strengthen an item piece or fabric or item of clothing. Please bring something to repair: old denim, a shirt, a skirt or something of the sort, including lightweight cottons. No stretchy business. 

The session begins the class by learning and discussing more about Boro and look through examples of how Boro has been used historically. You will them create your own samplers; spending time in class practicing and creating a stand alone textile or you can being working on the garment you bring to repair and strengthen.  

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Learn a brief history of Boro and Sashiko stitching

  • Explore different stitches and how they can be utilised to repair your garment

  • Practice and develop an understanding of visible mending.

Tea and coffee provided.

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