Japanese Boro: Mending in Mind

Supplies Students Need To Have

A. Fabrics:

1. Background Fabric and Focal Points:

– Finished piece will be 9” x 18”, collect enough to cover about double that area so you have plenty to choose from.

– Cottons, silks, linens, rayons, or woolens are suitable for this project. Prewash whenever possible. – Hand dyes, painted scraps, stenciled, rusted, or sun printed fabrics work great.
– Vintage fabrics: old linen napkins, kimono scraps, bits of lace, embroidery
– Fabric scraps to practice stitches on, (2) 8” squares

2. Fabric for Stabilizer or Base:
– 11” wide x 20”, cut 1, white silk organza, unwashed (42” wide at Dharma Trading Company)

B. Papers: Look for a mid-weight paper that will hold up to stitching. Something between tissue pa- per and card stock that you can tear easily and stitch through.

– Hand made papers, gelli prints with acrylic paints, assorted patterns or textures can work really well.

– Old book pages or text from other sources, little bits of ink work or drawings, tickets, letters, or other ephemera

3. Embroidery Floss and Threads
A. DMC cotton embroidery floss in an assortment of colors to go with your color scheme – or use whatever you have on hand or prefer
B. Regular sewing thread, assorted colors for sewing down your shapes

II. Tools:
A. Hand embroidery needles: assorted packs that are sizes 5-10 work best

B. Fabric marking tools: items below, or whatever you prefer

– Stabilo white pencil #8052, water-erasable marker (from me or art supply stores)

– Frixion Pens # 31557, heat-erasable ink, set of 3 colors (at Amazon or office supply stores)

– Fine-grit sandpaper, 1 sheet

C. Basic sewing kit, including:

Sharp small scissors for embroidery, regular scissors for cutting paper, straight pins, regular hand sewing needles, and regular sewing thread for basting.

  • Beeswax for your threads
  • Ruler, rotary cutter, and cutting mat
  • Color Wheel, available at any art supply store or online