Boro is the Japanese word for tattered rags. From the 1600’s and even into the early 1900’s the Japanese farmers of the northern region of Honshu used this technique to repair and patch their clothes. Originally made from hemp the farmers were gradually able to get their hands on bits of cotton and finally silk. Every little scrap was precious and washed and saved until it was used to give their clothes longevity. These items of clothing were so used and worn and yet have such strength that you can’t help but admire them.
So gather up your bits of worn and beautiful fabric and let’s create a wall hanging that will speak of carefully preserved memories. A time when fabric was precious and hard to find and every little bit was worth saving.
Optional kit: $40. This will include the front, back and batting. Patches fabric and threads will also be included. The patches fabric is all Japanese cottons and will be your choice from my stash. The indigo will be some that I have dyed myself so you will get the hand dyed look.
· 2- 20x26 pieces of indigo fabric
· 1-20x26 piece of cotton batting (I have been using black batting and it works well, I will have some pieces to purchase)
· Fabric bits for “patches”
· Thread, fibers, pearl cotton, floss, to match patches fabric
· Needles, (chenille sizes 18-24 and embroidery)
· Reading glasses if needed
· Large scissors for cutting patches
· Small scissors for trimming thread
· Pins for securing patches
Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.
Instructor: Ruth Chandler