Boro Workshop - Stitch & Repair

Maximum Class Size: 6 (reduced due to social distancing measures)

Join us for a mindful session of hand stitching and learn the art of visible mending and traditional Japanese repair work.

This is a single session workshop that explores the art of Boro. This term is derived from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired, it is a process that is perfect for beginners to learn 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.

Level: No previous experience is necessary however we also welcome experienced stitchers should they want to learn more about this intriguing process. There will be materials available to explore your creative side.

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. We will begin the class by learning and discussing more about Boro and look through examples of how Boro has been used historically. Immersed in beautiful imagery and stitch samples, you will start to use this as inspiration to create your own samplers. You can spend your time in class practicing and create a stand alone textile or you can start working on a garment to repair and strengthen any tears and holes.

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.

This class brings together like minded people while exploring your creative side, with guidance from our workshop leader and a few hours practice, you will accomplish a new skill that will help prolong the life of your clothes. 

Materials: We invite everyone to bring their own items of clothing that need repairing, however, fabric and thread will be supplied to add to or feature in your work. You can also get 10% discount on everything in our store on the day of your class.