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Fiber Art

Boro Exploration: Dye, Patch, and Stitch!

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Course Overview

Explore Japanese folk textile traditions such as shibori resist dyeing (itajame and stitch resist), Boro and stitching. Students will learn the history of Boro, fabric collage and the difference between sashiko and running stitch. As we work, students will learn advanced design techniques and principles such as composition, symmetry, texture, shape, color, placement, scale, balance. There will be discussion of visible mending, wellness and sustainability. Students are encouraged to bring fabric scraps for reuse and upcycling and incorporate them into your piece. Instructor will bring vintage Japanese fabrics. Some understanding of sewing, hand stitching and hand dyeing is required. Students will create a pillow cover, quilt block or wall hanging (11"x17").

Session Information

This course is part of Fiber Week! Plan to attend Fiber Friday, a new feature in 2020. On February 14, we’ll host a day of speakers, demonstrations, open studios and community gatherings free for all enrolled students. This popular model, borrowed from our Wood Week and Basket Week, allows students and instructors alike the opportunity to meet one another, expand their interests and enjoy our cozy campus learning atmosphere. Come early or stay late; you won’t want to miss Fiber Friday! Full schedule available in early 2020.


Sat, Feb 15th, 2020  –  Mon, Feb 17th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Tuition: $330.00
Materials fee: $30.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

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.

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Meet the Instructor

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

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Japanese Folk Textile Traditions: Modern Boro-Inspired Quilts - 2/15/2020