Skip to main content Skip to footer

Fiber Art

Boro + Sustainability: The Japanese Art of Repurposing Fabric

previous slide
next slide

Course Overview

Boro is a Japanese word meaning “broken” and has now become known as Boro cloth or fabric, an aesthetic that is based on fabric or garments that have been heavily used, tattered and repaired using darning techniques such as sashiko. Boro cloth has a sense of humility and an understated eloquence in that each piece becomes its own patchwork landscape.

In this course, students will review a brief history of Boro and discuss how Boro has inspired many movement such as mindfulness, sustainability and visible mending.

Students will create their own 11” x 17” Boro piece of cloth using vintage and traditional Japanese fabrics (brought by instructor) or their own precious fabrics. Students will learn a combination of running stitch and traditional sashiko stitch to repurpose your precious fabric scraps into a modern Boro piece. Students are welcome to bring their own fabrics, garments, or textiles.


Sun, Feb 17th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 1 day
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Tuition: $85.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies (approx $20)


You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Embroidery scissors
  • Scissors

Optional Tools

  • Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
  • If students choose to bring the following items, no materials fee will be charged.
    • Sashiko needles
    • Sashiko thimble
    • Your own precious fabrics scraps

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Latest Update: View recent changes →

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Michelle Greenhouse
Michelle Greenhouse
Bloomington, MN

Request a Catalog

Enjoy the tactile sensation of browsing our newsprint catalog of courses? Request your free copy of the North House Catalog here! And browse the digital edition while you wait!

Stay in touch!

Subscribe to our e-newsletter

Be the first to know about new courses and events!

Boro + Sustainability: The Japanese Art of Repurposing Fabric - 2/17/2019