Stag & Bow


Stag and Bow host a continuously evolving wide programme of workshops from beginners’ standards - knitting, crochet and understanding your sewing machine - to more advanced classes in spoon carving, felting, lino printing and more. We also run classes themed round new book and product launches. Many of our tutors are local makers.

Boro Japanese style repairs Sunday 16th June 2-5pm

Boro Japanese style repairs Sunday 16th June 2-5pm


Boro (more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching. A source of shame in Japan for many years, the fabrics are now highly prized and can fetch significant sums. Boro work follows the British wartime tradition of ‘make do and mend’ but was used out of necessity in Japan to prolong the life of clothes and bedding due to extreme poverty and the scarcity of textiles. 

In this class you will learn:

• The history and origins of Boro

• How to repair a garment using scraps, both modern and vintage 

• How to use sashiko stitching to enhance your work

• Practice using visible repair to enhance and strengthen textiles


It is recommended that students bring an item of clothing they wish to repair although fabric and threads are provided should you wish to just practice or start on a piece of your very own boro.

The tutor will bring examples of their work as well as a number of reference books should anyone wish to continue their practice at home.

Packs of indigo dyed shibori and vintage textiles will be available to purchase on the day in addition to the class should you wish to continue your practice at home.

Class size: 8

level: beginners

what to bring: all materials included for practising during workshop though you are welcome to bring an item from home in need of mending to get you really stuck in!

About the tutor: 

Rob Jones is a textiles designer who takes his inspiration from Japanese textiles disciplines including sashiko, boro, shibori and katagami stenciling. Rob works with indigo and a selection of natural plant dyes and works out of a studio under an old railway arch in Hackney. He teaches at various venues in and around London.

All participants will receive a 10% discount in the Stag & Bow shop for the duration of the class.

Please note our workshops/classes are not refundable

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