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Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Boro: From rags to riches
a Camp STITCHES exclusive

Learn to embrace imperfection and take your creative expression to new heights in this Camp STITCHES exclusive. Come with us and explore the exciting Japanese textile art of Boro! We’ll use the fabric piecing principles of Boro, the traditional Japanese mending and quilting technique, and associated Sashiko hand-sewing skills to elevate a stack of everyday rags to rich textiles that will adorn your home and wardrobe.

To say that Boro is just Japanese mending or quilting seems insufficient. But, in fact, it adapts perfectly to quilting: taking little pieces of fabric and sewing them together to make a new, larger piece of fabric! Boro garments, blankets, and household textiles were traditionally handed down for generations with each set of hands enhancing the scruffy-beauty of the magnificent textured fabric.

Fast forward to present day – these traditional Japanese mending and sewing techniques have been brought into the 21st Century by the sustainable fashion and slow stitching movements. Garments made from recycled fabrics pieced together using Boro and Sashiko walk down runways and fill boutiques while the blankets and fiber art pieces adorn homes around the world. Modern day makers, both novice and experienced, can’t deny the pleasure that comes from repurposing as they create.

Beginners encouraged – No experience necessary! Even if you have never done any hand sewing and never fused two pieces of fabric together with a needle and thread, this is the class for you! And, if you’ve always wanted to try but were intimidated by traditional quilting techniques, you’re going to love this class. This technique for creating textiles is perfect for the maker who is ready to try something new and exciting.

In this class, we’ll use Boro techniques to create a whole new panel of unique fabric from seemingly unusable remnants and odd pieces. We’ll start by learning to “listen” to the scraps, deciding which types of fabrics and what shapes and sizes work best together in harmonious imperfection. After that, we’ll piece it all together and start the “little stabs” of Sashiko hand-sewing. By the end of the weekend, you will have a stunning new fabric that you can use by itself to enhance a favorite garment, accessory, or home décor item. You can also use your new textile creation as the basis for a larger project like a quilt top or throw.

Want to make your fabric even more special? Bring an old shirt, pair of jeans, old ties, or favorite fabric remnants and we’ll make them into scraps to work into your design! Note: solid, woven fabrics work best but even pieces of lace and crocheted or knitted motifs can be worked into the rich fabric of these textiles.

Have a garment that could use a little dressing up? Bring a pair of jeans that have worn through, a jacket that still fits but bores you and we’ll show you how to use your newly created fabrics and stunning stitching skills to take them from DRAB to FAB!

Join us and reignite your creativity – one stitch at a time.

Shannon and Jason are the dynamic DIY duo behind the design studios of Shibaguyz Designz and Shibaguyz Photography.

Jason is a fashion, portrait, and event photographer whose work can be seen in many of the Shibaguyz’ pattern books. Jason is also a freelance book-packaging designer and photographer for indie knitwear designers and major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, Quayside, and Creative Publishing. He is known for candid portrait work and his insights into what it takes to show a fiber-artist’s work at its best.

Shannon’s award-winning crochet and knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of both US and international publications with over 300 patterns credited to his name. Shannon has been teaching for 20+ years and is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor.

Together, they combine technical know-how and artistic vision along with a quirky sense of humor and relatable teaching style making The Shibaguyz much sought-after instructors in both local and national venues.

Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu… the namesakes for their company.

For more about Shannon and Jason go to ShibaguyzDesignz.com

HUGE thanks to our class sponsors for all of their support: 

  • Clover - for providing special Sashiko needles and thimbles as well as the transfer paper for our templates.
  • Valley Yarns - for providing the cotton yarn for sewing
  • Marcus Fabrics - for providing their beautiful fabrics for us to work with in class.