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Join us for Boro Inspired Patchwork with Wendy Arbeit.
Learn to patch and stitch in a technique used for centuries in Japan to extend the life of ragged clothing, and now commonly referred to as 'boro', a term that literally translates as 'rag'. Today, with a growing interest in recycling and upcycling, a popular boro-inspired style of patching and stitching has evolved.
Explore the potential of the running stitch to define combinations of rough fabric patches. We will provide a tote bag for you to embellish with your hand-stitched boro patches.
You’ll love learning about the fresh approaches you can take to repair garments, enhance garments, or make items as small as pendants, or as large as fabric hangings ––armed just with patches of fabric, needle and thread.
All materials are provided. There will be a $10 supply fee paid to the instructor on the day of class. The fee includes a canvas tote bag, fabric, sashiko thread, needles and pins. Pages of photos of old and new examples of this approach will be given for future reference. Feel free to bring any items you’d like to mend or adorn.
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Wendy Arbeit received an MA in Art from Columbia University. She started making crafts from an early age and continued after her degree by learning the traditional arts of beading, back-strap weaving, basket making, and twining from Iroquois, Mexican, and Pacific island people. She learned sashiko and temari from Japanese books at a time when none were available in English and kumihimo at a Japan-sponsored program.
She has written four traditional-craft related books, What Are Fronds For? a manual for plaiting coconut fronds; Baskets in Polynesia, a survey of central Polynesian baskets; Tapa in Tonga, an introduction to Tongan barkcloth; and finally the award-winning, Links to the Past: the Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans, a compendium of 1000 objects made within 50 years of Western contact.
Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui members receive a discounted class fee. If you are interested in becoming a member please click HERE.
This class is open to adults, and minors ages 12-17 when accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you are interested in taking the class with your child, please register online and add your child as a guest. Those registering for a Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui class may add one guest based on availability.
We require a minimum of three participants for each class. A full refund will be issued to those registered, if class is cancelled by Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui. Refunds for class registration cancellation by participant will be issued in full only if the cancellation is made more than 14 days before the class begins.
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