Slow Stitch: Japanese Boro
Every country in the world has a unique aesthetic of mending. The term “boro” serves to describe profusely stitched and mended Japanese textiles that receive an extended life with an abundance of functional but beautiful handwork. In this class, we will piece, patch, appliqué, and stitch a small-to-medium size cloth suitable for a table mat, personal tool bag or, with additional work, incorporation into a larger cloth for a garment, sculpture, or quilted work. Ample materials are provided. Optionally, students may bring a cloth to mend: denim jeans or jacket, moth-eaten wool, thread bare cotton. A variety of stitch work will be sampled, including traditional sashiko stitching.