I love to discover and try new sewing techniques. I have come across sashiko before but only recently heard about boro. A few months ago I attended an online Boro stitch mending workshop as part of Hey Craft! an event to raise awareness for mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s a fun craft and I was excited to discover more about it.
Boro and Sashiko – Harmonious Imperfection
Search Press kindly sent me a copy of Boro and Sashiko Harmonious Imperfection: The art of Japanese mending & stitching by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby to review. Authors Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, a.k.a The Shibaguyz, teach 30+ sashiko and boro designs in the traditional Japanese style.
This guide includes nine contemporary projects including a pillow, wall hanging, tote and kimono jacket. There was also a reversible knot bag which you may remember I recently made on a course at Ray Stitch! The example in the book is stitched which gives the bag an amazing texture.
Chapters include The Tools, Basic Principles of Sashiko, Combining Fabrics, Reading Sashiko Pattern Charts, Sashiko Stitch Directory and several inspiring projects to try out the techniques of boro and sashiko.
Boro and Sashiko Harmonious Imperfection: The art of Japanese mending & stitching is a lovely book for beginners or those who want to find out more. Published by Search Press the book costs £24.99 and is out now.
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