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Japanese Boro Making (March 2018)

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The Japanese word BORO literally means ‘ragged or tattered’ and is a traditional example of patchworked fabric.  Historically in Japan, indigo and kimono fabric was truly precious and never discarded - old cloth was repaired and stitched together to make new items for every-day use.  In this class we will learn how to stitch, mend and quilt layers of recycled cloth to give them new life in this traditional Japanese way.

Enter Leanne from Kimono House.  Leanne is long time Japanophile, having lived and worked in Japan and spending up to 2 months a year in a place she describes as a land of "extreme contrasts.  The interesting mix of the new with the very traditional is her inspiration for textile creations combining new and vintage fabric with traditional and contemporary design”.   We are eager and delighted to welcome Leanne into The Windsor Workshop family, as she spreads her vast knowledge of Japanese slow stitch and Boro making….

Important info

The Windsor Workshop is located on level 1 of 115 Chapel Street, Windsor.  Windsor train station is a 4 minute walk, or jump off at Duke Street stop on Tram 78.  All day parking is available behind Paint Spot, Windsor (opposite the station) for around $7/day.

Our workshops are suitable for persons 16 years or older.

It is likely you will be photographed at the workshop, so please let us know if you do not want to be published.

Terms and Conditions / Cancellations

The Windsor Workshop reserves the right to cancel any scheduled workshop.  The reasons this may occur are (a) if a workshop does not reach the minimum number of students or (b) an Artist or Workshop Facilitator falls ill.  In the unfortunate circumstance of a workshop being cancelled, students will be notified at least 2 days before the commencement of the workshop and a credit note will be issued to be used at a later date.  Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds if the class is cancelled. 

If you are unable to attend your workshop, please let us know within four days of your workshop and we will give you a credit note to be used at a later date, or transfers are available upon request. No credit notes will be issued for cancellations when less than four working days' notice is given. Due to the nature of limited places, working with artists and purchase of materials, we cannot offer refunds.

Purchase of your ticket indicates acceptance to these terms

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What you will learn
  • The history of the Boro Cloth
  • how to stitch these pieces of traditional fabric together
What you will get
  • A variety of Japanese cotton cloth as well as vintage indigo cotton swatches
  • Japanese needles and thimble / Sashiko Threads
  • Information booklet to reference at home post workshop including a full list of suppliers for materials and tools
  • A delicious morning tea including french press coffee, loose leaf green tea, and of course a little something to nibble on

What to bring
  • Please bring bucket loads of enthusiasm - you will be unleashing your unfounded creativity.
What to wear

Something Japanese would be very welcomed. Your finest kimono?

Appropriate for

This class is for all skill levels


The Windsor Workshop

Vendor since 2015

We are a creative hub for the arts / crafts / design movement providing workshops and events to inspire.

We seek out and promote local Melbourne based Artists.

We unleash the unexplored creativity in people.

We provide a social gathering for people to slow down and team up.

We create a sensory experience that will get people talking.

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08 April 2018 • Japanese Boro Making (March 2018)

Fantastic workshop, great guidance and teaching throughout the session. Atmosphere was lovely, a very inviting and comfortable workspace that was easy to get to . well paced for beginners and others with some prior skill and knowledge. Food was amazing.! I did this work shop with my daughter, it was a really nice way to spend the day with her and learn something at the same time. Great idea for gifts or group activities with friends.


27 March 2018 • Japanese Boro Making (March 2018)

I attended the Japanese Boro making workshop in the afternoon after a morning of Sashiko stitching (see review). Leanne, our Sashiko teacher, continued her wonderful teaching throughout the afternoon in our fascinating Boro making class. Again, Leanne’s passion for Japanese stitching shone through. We learned the history of Boro, viewed samples from Leanne’s collection for inspiration and watched her patiently demonstrate techniques. We were supplied with beautiful fabrics to create our own Boro pieces throughout the afternoon. Again, organisers Bel and Bree ensured the smooth running of the workshop with a Japanese lunch and a delightful atmosphere in which we created our beautiful work. Everything about the Windsor Workshop is outstanding. I wish I could spend every Saturday there. Theresa