Sun 14 April, 2024
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Liz Sardone
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Cost:  $110 Full  $100 Members
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Scrap piecing in the ‘boro’ style

Be part of the Slow Stitching movement!  In this workshop, Liz Sardone will show you how to use pre-loved fabric scraps to construct your own piece of cloth, then turn it into a small bag. 

Boro stitching is an art form that that grew out of necessity in medieval Japan.  Using slow, meditative stitches, scraps are transformed into something beautiful and practical. 

How the day will run:

After a brief outline of the history of Boro you will select your fabric scraps and decide how they go together.

Liz will teach you different stitching techniques and you’ll be on your way to creating a beautiful piece of fabric. This can then be turned into a simple bag to take home. 

Only hand stitching is involved on the day. (no sewing machines required).

This workshop would suit people who have done some stitching and who have access to a store of old and used fabrics (or you could visit your local op shop!).  It doesn’t have to be Japanese fabric, cotton fabric is preferable and the easiest fabric to work with.

Things to bring:

  • A piece of backing fabric that can be cut into 20cm x 20cm squares (a pre-loved tablecloth, sheet, or washed calico)
  • Cotton threads, (e.g Broder cotton, Sashiko thread, etc. tacking threads)
  • needles, pins, ruler, scissors
  • fabric scraps from your stash of cottons, and/or pre-loved clean cotton clothing
  • Liz will also have some fabric scraps available to use on the day, plus bag patterns at no extra cost
  • You might like to bring previously embroidered pieces to include in your piece (Sashiko for example)

Join us for this wonderful workshop, the ultimate in upcycling and repurposing!

Liz Sardone comes from a family of dressmakers, milliners, woodworkers, musicians and a leatherworker. She inherited a passion to make unique textile pieces for artistic and practical purposes.

In her small business, East West Textiles, Liz used beautiful Japanese kimono or Yakata fabrics and refashioned them into little bags and wearable jackets.

She is a skilful maker and creates a wonderful, warm environment to learn a new skill in.