Join Dr. Janette Knowles, art professor and gallery director at Ohio Dominican University and maker-artist, as she introduces the Japanese mending technique of Boro Stitching.
Derived from the Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired, boro refers to the practice of reworking and repairing textiles (often clothes or bedding) through piecing, patching and stitching, in order to extend their use. It is associated with the indigo-dyed hemp clothing traditional in Japan before the introduction of cotton. Worn areas of cloth are patched over or older garments cut up and joined, with running stitches or areas of sashiko (running stitches sewn through layers of fabric), used for reinforcement and to quilt layers of cloth together. Workshop participants will get a kit filled with a variety of hand-dyed indigo shibori (traditional Japanese “tie dye”) cloth pieces, sashiko thread, and a hand-dyed indigo base cloth. Students will need a favorite embroidery needle or two, cloth scissors, and pins.
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