Boro Stitching Bag, Thu., 1/12, 1/19, and 1/26, 1-4pm

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In person with Shanthi Rajan
Cost: $75 + supplies
Skill Level: Experienced Beginner

Thu., 1/12, 1/19, and 1/26, 1-4pm

Combine hand stitching with machine work to create a beautiful and unique boro stitched bag. Boro is essentially the practice of using a simple running stitch (a sashiko stitch) to attach spare or would-be-discarded scraps of fabric to a base fabric. It is a practice that began in medieval Japan as a way of prolonging the life of well used articles of clothing, and has evolved, four centuries later, into a distinctive and beautiful textile art form that combines practical functionality with beauty.

You will start by creating the exterior of your bag using a variety of small pieces of fabric and embellishments. You will begin by hand stitching the layers together. Once your new fabric has been created, you will construct your tote bag.

Students must be proficient using a sewing machine.

Supplies needed for class, to be purchased at Silk Road Textiles prior to the first day of class:

Assorted fabric scraps for the top - although any and all scraps will make the bag interesting, we recommend starting with roughly 2” or larger scraps if you are new to hand sewing. Combine scraps from home with 1/8 and 1/4 yd. cuts of fabric from SRT
2/3 yard backing fabric (lining of bag) 
1/2 yard cotton batting
Assorted 2 ½” strips of fabric, you will need  2 - 3 for binding and covering seams
1 1/2 yards 1” webbing for handles - 1 ½ yards
Sulky KK2000 basting spray
Sashiko needles
Thimble (optional)
Sashiko thread or perle cotton - 1 in a color of your choice
Sequins or beads for embellishing(optional)
12 wt. thread for machine stitching
50 wt. thread for bobbin and bag construction
90/14 top stitching machine needles 
Button for top closure