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Boro Box

Boro Box
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Contemporary boro

Boroboroぼろぼろ is Japanese for rags. It is now often used to refer to the patched and repaired hemp clothing and household linens of poor rural workers of the 19th and early 20th century. Families mended through necessity, salvaging and patching fabrics continually to prolong their usefulness. Original boro pieces are highly prized today.

These boxes contain everything you need to start stitching a contemporary boro-style piece, either in traditional blues or contemporary reds.

In the blue version you will find at least 20 different fabrics - some old, some new, most cotton, maybe a little linen or fine woollen suiting but certainly from many countries where indigo blues are favoured.

In the red version also 20+ fabrics - some old, some new, most cotton and these pieces come from India, Africa, Asia and Europe

There is also a backing cloth in cotton to stitch into or for use as a lining, a skein of embroidery thread and a needle. You can add fabric scraps and threads from your stash - even tiny scraps can find a new purpose. The backing fabric allows for an approximate 20cm square to be stitched but there is more fabric in the box than you will need for this. Keep your stitches small for maximum effect. I've included a simple guide to get you started, and the pack is wrapped in a print of my own boro-style stitching to give you additional stitching ideas.

It is all about slowing down and exploring a 'no rules' approach to relaxed and simple stitching. Regardless of whether you have never used a needle and thread before or are an accomplished embroiderer, you can enjoy arranging and stitching these pieces.

Take your time!

Precise fabric contents will vary from box to box

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New stitched samples awaiting their turn under the lights…

Maybe tomorrow😉
Tart holding forth at this afternoon’s workshop @atbirkhillhousecic ☺️

This is such a welcoming and relaxing venue and I am delighted to be headed back in July to run Kantha sessions.

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Find out more about these and lots of inspiring workshops at
Stitchy Sunday - - - - -

🧵 Boro boxes back in stock
🪡 New Fat Quarter packs listed
💙 Off to run a Slow Stitchin’ Blues workshop this afternoon 🤗
In the shop very soon🤞🏻
🧵One boro-style workshop space has opened up for Sunday (26th) in the Borders😳🪡

Grab it by following the workshop link @atbirkhillhousecic 

Boro bits as far as the eye can see here today. Busily making more #boroboxes for all those who missed out recently. They will be in the shop on Saturday sometime..🏃🏻‍♀️💙
A rainbow of possibilities 🤗

Just collected this morning, these will be transformed into joyful little stitchery works at a workshop in the Borders this summer.
Wednesday windowsill

Roses and Shadows edition🌹
Shades of serenity, 
with a splash of joy


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