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The Book of Boro

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

by Susan Briscoe

The word boro comes from the Japanese boroboro meaning something tattered or repaired. It refers to textiles that have been mended or patched together for utilitarian, not decorative, purposes to make the fabric stronger and warmer, and to mend torn and threadbare areas.

In this collection of boro-inspired projects and techniques, learn about the history of boro and how it is being revived for a new audience using contemporary fabrics including denim, linen and shibori tie dye, as well as sashiko and other embroidery stitches.

The techniques section includes a short stitch directory with traditional stitches (running stitch and applique) and contemporary stitches (herringbone stitch, blanket stitch, chain stitch and whipped running stitch). Other techniques include instructions on improvisational patchwork; applique: raw, turned edge and reverse; darning techniques and methods for distressing and ageing fabrics to achieve an authentic boro finish.

David & Charles, 2020, softcover, 8 x 11 inches, 128 pages.