Japanese Boro Embroidery Workshop, Sunday, March 8th (10.00 – 16.00)

Japanese Boro Embroidery Workshop, Sunday, March 8th (10.00 – 16.00)


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Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 10


You have probably heard of Sashiko, a Japanese embroidery style with fascinating geometrical patterns made by running stitch to a dark blue fabric with a white thread. Sashiko has actually developed from Boro embroidery. 

Boroboro is Japanese and means tattered or repaired. Boro textiles were made out of necessity, when Japan was still a poor country, cotton was luxury and even hemp fabric was so expensive that people needed to make it last as long as possible. Japanese mended their garments with spare fabric scraps and simple running stitch. As a result, beautiful, unique handicrafts were created and handed down over generations, eventually resembling a patchwork after decades of mending. 

Today Boro is a popular technique for decorative jeans fixing – perfect for people, who want to be sustainable by making their clothes last longer and do something creative with their hands.

In this workshop you will learn how to embroider, be inspired by fascinating examples and make your own, unique Boro textile. It can be your old jeans or other garment (from woven material) that needs repairing or decorating, or you can use fabric scraps to create a new piece of fabric (and maybe even sew a little product, like a pouch or tote bag from it). 

You can bring with you the piece of clothing to be repaired (if you have one) and if you happen to have some fabric scraps or embroidery threads, but we have plenty of materials available, so no need to bring anything. All the equipment, needle and threads are provided.

No previous experience in embroidery is required, this course is suitable for everyone.

The course is led by Helka Mäki, qualified textile handicrafts teacher from Finland. She teaches in English, but can also guide in German.

Cost: CHF 125.- (All materials are included in the course fee: needle, fabric and embroidery threads).

This course is 5 hours in total from 10am to 4pm – with a one hour lunch break in the middle. Bring your lunch (a fridge and a microwave is available), or buy lunch from the local bakery. The workshop is located in Social Fabric’s atelier at Eichstrasse 29, 8045 Zürich (next to Bahnhof Binz and the atelier is at the 3. floor).

There are a limited number of 10 spots for this course, so sign up in advance to reserve your spot.