Boro Workshop - Stitch & Repair

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Boro Workshop - Stitch & Repair

Saturday 02 May 2020

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm

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.


    Luisa Tobitt began to develop her interest in stitch and textiles whilst studying for a BA in Sculpture at Brighton University. Much of her work involved taking garments apart, reworking them and stitching onto them. On completion of her degree, Luisa returned to London and studied a Diploma in Theatrical Costume at Kensington & Chelsea College. She spent the next two years studying design, pattern cutting, construction and decoration for 18th Century dress and the Victorian era. Gaining a Diploma in Handcraft Tailoring at London College of Fashion closely followed this and three years later Luisa also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Pattern Cutting & Garment Technology, also at London College of Fashion. With a strong love for vintage fashion, Luisa enjoys using vintage patterns, reworking vintage garments and studying traditional sewing techniques.