Boro Workshop - Stitch & Repair

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Boro Workshop - Stitch & Repair

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Session: 1


Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 10

Join us for an evening of mindful stitching and learn the art of visible mending and traditional Japanese repair work.

This is a single session workshop that explores the art of Boro. This term is derived from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired, it is a process that is perfect for beginners to learn hand stitching by way of experimenting with Sashiko, a simple running stitch that can be as rudimentary or elaborate as you want it to be.

Level: No previous experience is necessary however we also welcome experienced stitchers should they want to learn more about this intriguing process. There will be materials available to explore your creative side.

The objective of this class is to use hand stitches including Sashiko to repair or strengthen an item piece or fabric or item of clothing. We will begin the class by learning and discussing more about Boro and look through examples of how Boro has been used historically. Immersed in beautiful imagery and stitch samples, you will start to use this as inspiration to create your own samplers. You can spend your time in class practicing and create a stand alone textile or you can start working on a garment to repair and strengthen any tears and holes.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Learn a brief history of Boro and Sashiko stitching

  • Explore different stitches and how they can be utilised to repair your garment

  • Practice and develop an understanding of visible mending.

  • This class brings together like minded people while exploring your creative side, with guidance from our workshop leader and a few hours practice, you will accomplish a new skill that will help prolong the life of your clothes. We provide refreshments including a glass of wine to help you relax and unwind!

    Materials: We invite everyone to bring their own items of clothing that need repairing, however, fabric and thread will be supplied to add to or feature in your work. All tools, notions and refreshments are provided and you can also get 10% discount on everything in our store on the day of your class.


    Rosie Boycott-Brown developed an interest in fashion & textiles at a young age, she grew up in a creative environment and was taught the technical skills involved in dressmaking and pattern cutting from her mother who worked in the industry. She went on to study Fashion & Knitted Textiles at Winchester School of Art and enjoyed a career in the knitwear industry, designing commercially for several High Street retailers. She enjoys adapting patterns and making her own clothes in her spare time. In 2013 Rosie started her own label and now divides her time between working for our Sewing School and designing her own range of knitwear under the brand name Rose B. Brown.