September 24, 2011

Something BORO something Blue

I have posted part of this boro cloth once before, but since then I have added more stitching on different parts of the cloth. I could say this is a true boro cloth, my boro cloth. All fabric used is vintage and even the backing came from an old yukata (cotton kimono) that I ripped apart. This is my first try at boro cloth and I didn't have design in mind. I threw the fabric together and started stitching. My aim was to create a boro cloth and to re-purpose and recycle as much as possible. I believe in giving new life to old cloth - rags to riches.

The more stitches I added to it the more I liked it. I named this cloth Boro Moon because of the many moon pieces I hand dyed and used in the cloth. When I took the photos of it today I thought wow, it has already aged. That's how I wanted it!


I imagine this is how boro cloth was made in the old days. You started with a backing and added larger pieces then you layered the smaller pieces to fill the gaps or used overlapping pieces to make it interesting. I have some plain pieces on there that I stitched over with shashiko designs to make it stronger and more decorative. I will use less stitching on the pieces that already have designs on it. 


Collages of stitched blocks. You can double click on the above picture for a close-up view. 


Don't you just love this piece of tenugui! It was a piece of indigo fabric I received from Japan. I received a mix of indigo fabric, but this piece jumped out at me when I opened the box. It was only big enough to make a tote-bag. I didn't waste any of it; I even pieced small bits together for the handles. I turned the raw edge on the out side of the bag as a design feature. I only had just enough fabric for the handles so I used the same running stitches on them too. The fabric already has a gorgeous design on it and with some stitches it looks amazing! 


Enjoy
Nat


24 comments:

homeschooled said...

Oh Nat that boro is just beautiful!

kaiteM said...

Beautiful boro moon, something to be proud of forever.

Kathie said...

oh Nat thats exactly what I want to do with the indigo fabrics just a mosaic of many different pieces of indigos and then stitch, stitch, stitch it
just beautiful....
you should just be so happy with your progress.

Janet said...

As you know, I love the look and purpose of Boro and yours is looking so authentic, it's like a sampler. The fabric in the tote is very lovely, good use too so you can enjoy it often.

Suedio said...

Hi Nat. Love the boro moon! Glad you made the tote using all of the fabric. I like the texture of the raw edge. Very nice, indeed.

Regards, Sue

deanna7trees said...

your Boro Moon is looking fabulous. I know you love handling it as you stitch. and the tote bag is wonderful. you sure know how to make good use of every little piece of cloth.

Willow said...

I have never heard of Boro Moon, but I love it now. Great job.

Bev C said...

Hello Nat,

Your Boro Moon is beautiful. Did you do the bird stitchery on it or was that on the material. Lucky to make a handy bag with the material that was sent to you. We will have to call you the lady in blue.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Kim said...

I just love blue fabric of any kind but this is just beautiful. Do you turn the fabric edges under
as you add more patches? Are you sewing this by hand or by machine? How large is it now?
Have you already done a tutorial on our process?

Lovely work as always, how will you use this piece?

I still laugh about your wearing a boro piece in Japan while the Japanese looked on in pity that you don't have better clothing.

Happy Sewing

Lynda Howells said...

sooooooooooooooooooo beautiful Natxx
ps..love the last comment kim's comment..giggle!xxlynda

Nancy said...

Nat what a beautiful boro collage!

Jeannie said...

Your boro cloth is gorgeous. It is one of those pieces that you can look at forever and still find something new. The indigo fabric in your tote is so striking! Beautiful!!!

handstories said...

this is WONDERFUL and your stitching is brilliant.

woman with wings said...

Nat, boro moon is absolutely wonderful, all the moons and patterns and layers -- it looks like you've been able to get back to cloth, you busy woman!

I love the effect of your decorative stitching on the edges of the new totebag, the fabric is beautiful and the stitching is just right, very nice. xo

aracne said...

What can I say that hasn't been said: your boro is fantastic, I love the way in which you put together these little pieces, and most of all I love the sashiko-ed ones.
I hope to collect bags of indigo dyed samples on the tour and one day stitch my own boro.
Oh, so many things to try and so little time!

Kitiya Palaskas said...

Looking good Mum! Love the title, very smart :)

Els said...

Hi nat, what a beautiful post: and when I look at the long list of comments untill now already I think that lots of people agree !!!!! Love all the blues!!!! A true boro piece!
The dark blue of the bag is smashing!
That post name: .... someone getting married???
;-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Boro Nat .... I love how this has all come together and those moons are beautiful, and remind me of our dyeing day. Fun!
The tote bag is really sweet and such deep indigo colour.

Jacky xox

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Nat, just beautiful...and the bag is stunning!!!

Michele Pacey said...

I love the blueness of your boro! the stitching really puts it over the top for me. I LOVE the photo that shows all those little details! :)

sheila at shecological said...

Nat, I feel fortunate to have seen these in real life! Soooo beautiful! I love the birds stitched on the one piece, and really all of it is amazingly beautiful. Natural beauty from indigo and hand stitching! well done! I may have to start one.

ria vogelzang said...

Dear Nat, you are just so amazing!!
Love your fabric-style!!
Hugs, Ria.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Nat. The stitching on your boro cloth brings it to life--very lovely. I also liked your bag--You put in just enough stitching to enhance the pretty fabric.
best, nadia

Marie said...

Nat, what beautiful boro!
All of your stitching just adds such beautiful character and life to the fabric. That purse is fabulous!
<3

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