Japanese Boro, Mending in Mind

Japanese Boro, Mending in Mind

Sproule Studios
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Workshop Dates: Thursdays, June 15 and 22, 2023
Time: 9:00am - 12:00 pm, Pacific Time, both days
Place: Virtual Live Workshop with Zoom 
Fee: $90.00, for total of 6 hours instruction

Open to all International Students!

Special instructions: if you register, add me to your email contacts to receive all important workshop info.
April Sproule, aprilsp@sproulestudios.com

     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.          Those fabrics, papers, or scraps you’ve saved to use for “something special“ will be perfect for this project. Now is the perfect time to raid your stash and make something wonderful with those treasures. Something especially exciting is learning to add and stitch beautiful hand made papers to the fabric.
    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.

Skill Level: Basic hand stitching skills, suitable for all skill levels.

You will make a small scroll or wall hanging, approximately 9” x 18”.

Cloesup of Fragments by April Sproule

We will cover:

  • Color and design options
  • Workflow and construction techniques for hand piecing
  • Finishing ideas for your scroll
  • Creating a Design Board for your materials

You will learn:

  • Hand embroidery without a hoop
  • A variety of mending and decorative stitches
  • How to add paper pieces to your work and hand stitch them
  • Development of different patterns using basic stitches

You will receive: 

  • Student Supply List
  • Student Handouts
  • PDF of the Slideshow used in class
 Example of a Design Board for collecting possible fabrics and papers

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Full Shot of FRagments by April Sproule, Mixed Media Textile Art

Full Shot of Fragments by April Sproule, Mixed Media Textile Art