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  • Publisher: David & Charles
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 02 November 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781446308325
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 210x273 mm
  • Illustrations: 256
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £15.99
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The Book of Boro


Techniques and patterns inspired by traditional Japanese textiles by Susan Briscoe

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Book Description

Boro is the ultimate slow stitching technique. 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, warmer and to mend torn and threadbare areas.

This collection explores how boro is being revived for a new audience using contemporary fabrics including denim, linen and shibori tie-dye as well as sashiko and embroidery threads.

The techniques section includes a short stitch directory with traditional stitches (running stitch and appliqué) and contemporary stitches (herringbone stitch, blanket stitch, chain stitch and whipped running stitch). Other techniques include improvisational patchwork; appliqué: raw, turned edge and reverse; darning techniques and methods for distressing and ageing your finished boro.

About the Author

About Susan Briscoe

Susan Briscoe is a designer and textile artist, author of several books and teaches creative textile workshops. For more information visit her website www.susanbriscoe.com


British Patchwork & Quilting

The history of boro, the Japanese technique of ultimate reuse and recycle, is covered first before moving onto tools and materials. Techniques are next with diagrams for the various stitches used. The traditional and modern stitch options are both covered along with simple sashiko.

There are ten project chapters inspired by original boro piece from Susan's personal collection. Each has a large and a small project to inspire you. They include a pincushion, quilt, throw, table wear, bags and even a jacket. 

This book is ideal for those interested in recycling fabrics and is comprehensive guide to this fascinating method. 

It is my book of the month. 

Embroidery The Textile Art Magazine

A mix of history, guidance on traditional and contemporary stitches and a host of projects bring the Japanese craft of boro, the ultimate slow stitching technique, to life for a new audience. 


Boro, which in Japanese means tattered or repaired, refers to cloth that has been mended or patched together for utilitarian, not decorative, purposes to make it stronger and warmer, or to mend torn and threadbare areas. Briscoe delves into a brief history of boro, before sharing traditional and contemporary stitch techniques and instructions on improvisational patchwork, appliqué, darning techniques and methods for distressing and ageing fabrics to achieve an authentic boro finish in the 20 projects in this book.

Using contemporary fabric, shes amongst those reviving Boro for a new audience, and brings her knowledge of Japan, as well as examples from her personal boro collection built over 30 years to bear, making this a useful introduction to the subject of Boros history and techniques.

Sew magazine - December 2020

A slow stitching skill is the perfect way to take your mind off the hectic festive season, so why not branch out into boro? The Book of Boro teaches the ancient Japanese process of mending and patching textiles - its purpose is to make fabric stronger, warmer and to mend torn and threadbare areas. The book runs through both traditional and contemporary stitches to help you master the technique, plus 20 patterns inspired by historic boro garments.

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