Time travel through fabric, craft, and art. It is through the passage of time that the necessary and utilitarian practice of Boro has become art.
Take your creative expression to new heights in this 2-day BARN exclusive. Join internationally renown instructors Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby and explore the exciting Japanese textile art of Boro!
You will use the fabric piecing principles of Boro, a traditional Japanese mending and quilting technique, and associated Sashiko hand-sewing skills to elevate a stack of everyday scraps into rich one-of-a-kind textiles that will beautifully adorn your home and wardrobe.
“BORO is patched clothing with a lot of small cloths here and there, but nothing fancy like today’s quilted or patched works. It was made purely for the practical purposes for retaining warmth in the snowy areas and for making it last as long as possible where it was hard to obtain any sorts of cloth. When we review its practicality and design from today’s point of view, we are able to realize its incredible sophistication.”
Beginners encouraged – No experience necessary!
Recycling, repairing, and reworking textiles using Boro and sashiko is perfect for the maker who is ready to try something new and exciting. Even if you have never done any hand sewing and never fused two pieces of fabric together with a needle and thread, this is the class for you! If you’ve wanted to try quilting but were intimidated by stodgy traditional techniques, you’re going to love this class.
We’ll use Boro techniques to create a whole new panel of unique fabric from seemingly unusable remnants and odd pieces. By the end of the weekend, you will have a stunning new fabric that you can use by itself to enhance a favorite garment, accessory, or home décor item. Or use your new textile creation as the basis for a larger project like a quilt top, tote, or throw.
Want to make your reworked fabric even more special? Bring an old shirt, pair of jeans, old ties, or favorite fabric remnants and we will use those items or scraps to work into your design! Any fabric will do. Woven fabrics, pieces of lace, crocheted or knitted motifs… bring it on!
Have a garment that could use a little dressing up? Or a grocery tote that is just plain bland? Bring your favorite jeans that have worn through, a jacket that still fits but you ’re bored with… and we ’ll show you how to use your newly created fabrics and stunning stitching skills to take them from drab to FAB!
Join us and reignite your creativity – one stitch at a time.
Day 1: Welcome to the Rabbit Hole
We will explore a little of the history of Boro as a patching technique; why and how it helped springboard visible mending into the modern craze we see today. We’ll also discuss the nature of sashiko stitching and its variations.
It all starts by learning the ‘rules ’ of how to lay out our Boro patches so they work together in harmonious imperfection. We call this “purposeful abstraction”. Sounds Fancy, right?
We will then really get our hands involved with learning how to stitch Hitomizashi and Moyouzashi sashiko. You ’ll master Unshin - handling the needle and thread. Through the exercise of putting needle to fabric using the unique palm thimble and rocker motion of sashiko that we will make you proficient at this awe-inspiring stitching skill.
Finally, we begin the process of piecing together a tote bag using Boro patches and Sashiko stitching and begin to create new one-of-a-kind fabric.
Day 2: The Fruit of our Labors
We will continue to embellish our new textiles with a selection of hand-embroidered Sashiko patterns. By the end of the day you will take home a tote bag made from stunning new fabric, or a panel of Boro fabric that can be used to enhance a garment, act as an accessory or home décor item, or use as the basis for a larger project like a quilt or throw.
Students should bring:
- Fabric scissors
- Pencil and pen
- Washable fabric pen/pencil
- Gently (or not so gently!) used garment for patching, embellishing, and altering
- Any special scrap fabric to use and share in class
- Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
- Materials Fee: There is a materials fee of $10 included in the price of class. Materials provided by the instructors:
- Sashiko Thimble
- Sashiko Needles
- Aurifil 12wt Thread
- Transfer paper
- Tote body and handles for class project
- Extensive handout including Sashiko pattern templates
- Skill Level: Universal -- all skill levels welcome.
- Ages 14+ Welcome.
- Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
- Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave for your use.
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.
The Shibaguyz’ award winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010.
Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing.
The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.
Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. They are working on a new book with C&T Publishing. Look for it in December 2020.
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