Boro is the Japanese word for rags! These much sought after recycled garments and bed covers were repaired and reused out of necessity. Spend a day learning all about these unintended works of art. Taking inspiration from my real Japanese Boro and new pieces I have made in this style to make a small piece of your own using new or recycled cotton fabrics with simple piecing methods and relaxing Sashiko style hand stitching.
· Indigo dyed Shibori or similar fabrics
· Any other indigo fabrics you may have and a little contrast fabric in red, green or rust colour works well too.
· Rotary Cutter, Mat and ruler/rulers
· Sewing Machine (Don’t forget your instruction book and power lead and foot pedal!) and needles – I use top stitch 80’s, they are easy to thread!
· Sewing kit – scissors, pins, stitch ripper etc
· Dark blue sewing thread for piecing
· 2-3 reels machine quilting thread (include a blue, gold or copper coloured metallic) or hand quilting thread (thicker, sashiko style works best)
· ½ metre minimum each of backing fabric and wadding (the wadding can be used as a design wall while you are planning your piece)
· ½ metre maximum of Bond-a-Web in case you want to applique (optional)
· Note Pad and pencil
· Digital Camera (optional)
· Masking tape