The Book of Boro: Techniques and Patterns Inspired By Traditional Japanese Textiles

December 4, 2020
The Book of Boro: Techniques and Patterns Inspired By Traditional Japanese Textiles

A collection of boro-inspired projects and techniqueswhich celebrates this traditional Japanese textile and itsrelevance to the modern sewer and quilter.Learn about the history of boro and how it is being revived fora new audience using contemporary fabrics including denim, linenand shibori tie dye as well as sashiko and other embroiderystitches.The word boro comes from the Japanese boroboro meaningsomething tattered or repaired. It refers to textiles that havebeen mended or patched together for utilitarian, not decorative,purposes to make the fabric stronger and warmer, and to mend tornand threadbare areas.The techniques section includes a short stitch directory withtraditional stitches (running stitch and applique) and contemporarystitches (herringbone stitch, blanket stitch, chain stitch andwhipped running stitch). Other techniques include instructions onimprovisational patchwork; applique: raw, turned edge and reverse;darning techniques and methods for distressing and ageing fabricsto achieve an authentic boro finish.