WORKSHOP: Blinged up Boro Sunday 14th July 1.00-4.00 pm

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Boro
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Boro

WORKSHOP: Blinged up Boro Sunday 14th July 1.00-4.00 pm

45.00

Join us for a Boro workshop by Ann Rippin
Blinged-up boro!! Sunday 14th July 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Boro is the Japanese art of visible mending done with a simple running or stab stitch.  It was developed in the 18th and 19th centuries in the far north of Japan in an area called the ‘Snow Region’.  It was a subsistence craft used in the repair of the hemp clothing worn by agricultural workers in the extreme conditions of the region.  As the layers of mending became denser and denser the original garments were almost lost.  In its original form it was extremely environmentally efficient as every scrap of cloth was recycled, until the last few threads were burned to prevent mosquito bites and the ashes were then returned into the ground to fertilise it for the next hemp crop.
Modern boro, however, tends to be more decorative.  My version, works with tiny left-over pieces of fabric from other sewing projects, as well as larger pieces of cloth.  I use the simple stitches used in traditional boro, but also decorate the finished fabric and objects with sequins and beads.  I often work in the traditional palette of indigo, black, brown and dullish red, but the technique works as well with vibrant colours.   
The resulting fabric can be used to make a variety of objects.  In this workshop we will concentrate on making small things such as brooches, patches for garments, keyring or small pouches.  Patterns will also be available for soft toys and small birds.  
Bring a basic sewing kit with needles, small, sharp scissors and a thimble if you need one.  This is a craft where a thimble can be very helpful.  You are invited to bring along scraps of special fabric, including ribbon or braid if you like to use them, embroidery thread and any beads or sequins you might have.  Fabric, thread and embellishments will all be provided. The aim of the workshop is for you to learn how to do boro so that you can go on to create special things for yourself later.

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