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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. She also sells vintage Japanese fabrics and a wide range of sashiko and kogin threads and materials.

For more information visit her website www.susanbriscoe.com.


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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