Saturday, 14 May 2016

Sue Spargo Instastitch

During the week I was looking for a new project to do at the Japanese Group
that I run at the shop. I wanted to do something using my collection of old
indigo fabrics that I have collected over many visits to Japan.

And I had an urge to do some Boro style work. I had scrolled through my 
magazines and books featuring Boro but nothing had grabbed me.
Then I remembered Sue Spargo's recent posts on her Instastitch project
 so went off on a  tangent to investigate.

And yes it will be perfect. She is offering free downloadable blocks each month
for twelve months and they are based loosely around a log 
cabin block - perfect for what I wanted.

And I can add my "Boro" patches to it and lots of 'wild' sashiko stitching.

This my first block all pieced and ready for the sashiko stitching.
I have decided that is it near impossible to get an accurate photo of these colours.
I have tried and tried to get it truer with no luck, so you will have to visualise it
in darker and duller blues. Sorry.

Note the holes in the old fabric - I will make them more of a feature with 
stitching - so watch this spot!

These are the three "Boro" hangings that I had in the Auckland Quiltmakers 
Show a few weeks ago.

In Japan, mended and patched textiles are referred to as "Boro". 
Boro fabric dates from the 1800s. Traditional indigo dyed cotton was a 
popular everyday textile at this time. It came in a huge range of shades depending mostly on how long it had been left in the indigo dyeing vat.

Times were tough in rural Japan at this time but still the women managed 
to create was is now widely recognised as a stunning art form
which includes patching and sashiko stitching.

Thanks Sue for inspiring me again.


  1. Your fabric are lovely, I'm drawn to the check/pId one in particular. So far I'm just collecting the patterns.

  2. I so loved making this one that I have now pieced the first three and am just starting the hand stitching / embellishing. That is goi g to be so much fun.. You should start soon and send through photos of what you do. What colours are you collecting?