Wednesday, March 29, 2017

More Boro and Beyond Part 1

Jean T.: Showing all the techniques we did on the first day: A Line Can Be; Sashiko, Pattern Darning and Lacing.

Last October, I taught Boro and Beyond: The Versatile Running Stitch for the first time (at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia). I was inspired by a student to do a class in Boro (a Japanese mending technique using Running Stitch) and as per usual...decided to go a step further and spend time exploring the Running Stitch in depth and what it can do. Click here to read that post.

I taught the class again, at Artistic Artifacts, this past weekend...with 16 enthusiastic and talented students! I have many stitched works to share and so once again, I'm going to split the work into two posts.

Susan P.: A Line Can Be...
This first post focuses on what we did during the first day. We explored the Running Stitch itself...using a list of adjectives (A Line Can Be...) and first drawing and then interpreting the drawings.

Cheryl H.: Radiating lines.
Susan H.: A Line Can Be...
Susan S.: Meandering line
Ruth T.: Meandering
We then created patterns with Running Stitch...both Sashiko style and Pattern Darning.
Sashiko patterns are based on the intersection of rows of horizontal and vertical (and sometimes diagonal) lines of Running Stitch. The stitches and the spaces between are very uniform. We worked rows where the stitches lined up in columns and others where the stitches lined up like bricks.

Susan P.: Sashiko
Carol B.: Sashiko (and A Line Can Be)
Cheryl H.: Sashiko
Etta S.: Sashiko
Judith K-P: Sashiko
Jutta M.: Sashiko (and some Pattern Darning)
Susan H.: Sashiko
Susan S.: Sashiko and Pattern Darning

Pattern Darning is made up of closely stitched rows of Running Stitch...where the stitches and the spaces between change length to create the patterns. One of my students brought in this wonderful pillow from Bangladesh that has great examples of Pattern Darning.

Pattern Darning on a pillow from Bangladesh.
Pattern Darning on a pillow from Bangladesh.
Diana G.: Showing both Pattern Darning and Sashiko
Ellen S.: Pattern Darning and Lacing
Linda M.: Pattern Darning and Sashiko.
Susan H.: Pattern Darning and Lacing.

The last challenge of the day was to lace and wrap rows (and sometimes lines) of Running Stitch to create even more patterns.

Carol B.: Lacing and Pattern Darning.
Diana G.: Lacing
Etta S.: Lacing and Pattern Darning.
Judith K-P: Lacing and Pattern Darning.
Linda M.: Lacing.
Lindy M: Lacing.
Melanie H.: Lacing
Ruth T.: Lacing.
Susan P.: Lacing.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this workshop!

If you are interested in joining me for this 2-day workshop, I'll be teaching it again at Artistic Artifacts on October 21 and 22.

1 comment:

  1. I so admire groups of women gathering...learning, and expressing. These are such great examples of exploration and imagination!