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Intro to Boro Fabrics


Michelle Greenhouse


Date & Time: February 29, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Class Fee: $55
Class fee includes cost of material for this class, if provided.

Skill Level: Beginner level with some stitching experience

Boro –a Japanese word meaning “broken:  an aesthetic that is based on fabric or garments that have been heavily used, tattered, and repaired using various darning techniques.

Boro cloth lends itself to several trending movements such as sustainability (upcycle, recycle, circular design); visible mending (sashiko stitching, slow stitching) and mindfulness, as people have become interested in more sustainable fashion and clothing.  Learn the History of Boro, the difference between sashiko and running stitch, embroidery floss and sashiko thread, fabric collage and practice stitching. Utilize vintage Japanese fabrics to patch and collage. We will create your own Boro piece approx. 8”-10” and leave with and an understanding of how to repurpose that special piece of fabric or repair or embellish a beloved piece of clothing.

Returning instructor Michelle Greenhouse makes learning to do what some think of as a chore (mending)  fun!  Her supplies of gorgeous fabrics and threads will allow you to create your own piece of art!   Watch for future classes:

  • Advanced Boro & Sustainability
  • Using Boro to mend a garment

Students should bring scissors, and reading glasses if needed.

Our Location: Marine Elementary School, 550 Pine St., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

NOTE: Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance teachers’ need to plan for materials with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.

Class Minimums:
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

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