Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Boro-Style Fun in June & July: Online Workshops with Julie

 

Boro-style Bag Project (large bag).

Update May 6, 2022: Classes are starting to form up! Let me know if you'd like to join in on the fun in one or more of these workshops:

June 13 & 20 (10 AM-12:30 PM): Itty Bitty Boro Book
June 15 & 22 (6:30-9): Boro-Style Bag
June 18 (1 PM-6:30 PM includes half hour lunch break): Boro-Style Bag
July 6 & 7 (10 AM-12:30 PM): Boro-Style Bag
July 26 & 27 (6:30-9 PM) Itty Bitty Boro Book

Looking for some creative projects to keep you busy and stitching over the summer? I hope that you'll join me on Zoom in June and/or July for a choice of two Boro-style stitching projects: My popular Itty Bitty Boro Book and for the first time on Zoom...my Boro-Style Bag. With both projects you'll enjoy the meditative flow of the Running stitch, build patterns from intersecting stitching and beautiful textural surfaces while creating something special for yourself or to share.

Just like the May Minis workshops, I will list dates and times that I'm available to teach. You get to choose which of the two workshops you'd like to take (or maybe try both!) and the dates and times that work best for you. Contact me at threadborn@gmail.com and I will match you with others having the same interest and availability. I need at least three people for a workshop to run. You can also choose to put your own group together to guarantee a spot. Scheduling is on a first come, first served basis, so contact me as soon as you can!

Working on the closure for the Itty Bitty Boro Book.

These workshops are longer that the Minis...they are five hours. You can choose to do the one day 5-hour option (plus a half hour break) or the two shorter sessions of 2.5 hours each. I'm also offering some different times to accommodate time zones. The cost of each workshop is $65.

Large Boro-Style Bag in Traditional Indigos

Kits

This time I'll be offering optional project kits. You can choose between a Bare Bones option where you will supply your own fabric scraps or a Full Kit option where I supply you with everything except for thread. Contact me for color palettes. Kits must be ordered at least two weeks before the class is scheduled. 

Email me at threadborn@gmail.com for more particulars such as how to pay, supply lists and handouts.

The workshops will be recorded and students will have access to the recording for a month.


Possible Dates and Times: All times are Eastern USA:

Full-day includes a half-hour break:

Saturday, June 18: 10:00 AM-3:30 PM OR 1:00-6:30 PM

Saturday, July 2: 10:00 AM-3:30 PM OR 1:00-6:30 PM


Two-session options:

Monday, June 13 and June 20: 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Wednesday. June 15 and June 22: 6:30-9:00 PM

Wednesday, July 6 and Thursday July 7: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday July 27: 6:30-9:00 PM


ITTY BITTY BORO BOOK

Itty Bitty Boro Books
Design a small format (3"square), accordion-style cloth book using special fabric scraps from your own collection (or select a kit option). Arrange your scraps on wool felt square pages and embellish with Sashiko-style Running stitch patterns for a beautiful and rustic 2-sided book.
Two kit options: Bare Bones: Wool felt squares, ribbon, and #3 needle $10 plus shipping. Full Kit: Bare Bones plus assorted fabric scraps, painted cheesecloth and 2 buttons for closures $20 plus shipping.

One of two sides of the book.

BORO-STYLE BAG
Two of the small size bags.
Design a beautiful hand-stitched Boro-style bag from special fabric scraps. Enhance your bag with patterns and details using variations of the Running stitch. Add a closure and lining. Learn a twining technique for creating trim and a strap.
Kit comes in two sizes: Small (3.5" x 14.5") and Large (4.5"-5" x 18" cellphone size). Bare Bones: Wool felt base, tulle, button, #3 needle. Small $10, Large $12 plus shipping. Full kit: Bare Bones plus fabric scraps, lining fabric, yarns for trim and strap. Small $25, Large $35 plus shipping.

Large Boro Bag in Earthy tones.

Thanks and hope to see you in class!-- Julie















Sunday, March 27, 2022

May Minis "Madness"

 

Introduction to Boro-Style Stitching

An Update: 

Thank you to those of you who responded to May Minis "Madness"! Workshops are now on the calendar and spaces are still available if you'd like to join in. Below is a list of workshops with dates and times (Eastern Daylight Savings Time USA). Scroll down this post for workshop descriptions.

May 7 (10 AM-1 PM) Introduction to Boro Stitching

May 9 (10 AM-1 PM) Hand Stitching Primer

May 11 (10 AM-1 PM) Introduction to Visible Mending

May 11 (6-9 PM) Introduction to Visible Mending

May 25 (10 AM-1 PM) Stitch Mandalas

May 28 (2-5 PM) Stitch Mandalas

I have a student interested in a May 25 (6-9 PM) timeslot for either Stitch Mandalas or Introduction to Boro Stitching. Please contact me if you'd like to take one of these workshops in this time slot.

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Hi all- Hope that you are enjoying the Spring (or Fall if you're in the Southern Hemisphere). I've been on a short teaching hiatus while sorting through papers, book, supplies and STUFF in general. It's a big job and will continue to take time. But I am itching to get back to some online teaching so I am offering a selection of some of my popular 3-hour "mini" hand stitching workshops before diving into more and new summer offerings. So if your fingers are "itching" (like mine) to do some hand stitching, I hope you can join me.

Hand Stitching Primer

For this workshop series I am reintroducing a successful method of putting students, workshops and dates/times together. This is how it works...review the descriptions of the 3-hour minis and the list of possible dates and times. I'm now including several time options to hopefully cover many time zones. Choose the best workshop, date and time options for you and contact me at threadborn@gmail.com. I will group you with others who have similar choices. I need at least three students to run a workshop. You can also choose to guarantee a workshop by putting together your own group. I'm scheduling on a first-come, first served basis, so be sure to contact me as soon as you can.

Stitch Mandalas: Couching

Once a workshop is scheduled, I will notify you about payment. Each 3-hour mini is $40. You will receive a supply list with your payment confirmation. Handouts will be emailed to you the day before class. Once you receive the handout you will no longer be able to receive a refund but will have access to a recording of the workshop.

All workshops are taught on Zoom and you will receive a link to give you access to the recorded workshop for one month.

If enrollment for a workshop goes under three people, it will either be rescheduled or cancelled.

Introduction to Visible Mending

Here are the date/time options:

All times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (USA). I live in the Washington DC area so you can Google the time there to calculate the time difference.

Saturday, May 7: 10 AM-1 PM;  2-5 PM;  6-9 PM

Monday, May 9: 10 AM-1 PM;  6-9 PM

Wednesday, May 11: 10 AM-1 PM;  6-9 PM

Monday, May 23: 10 AM-1 PM;  6-9 PM

Wednesday May 25: 10 AM-1 PM;  6-9 PM

Saturday May 28: 10 AM-1 PM;  2-5 PM;  6-9 PM

Here are the 3-hour Mini Workshops ($40 per workshop)

Hand Stitching Primer: Variations of Fly Stitch

Hand Stitching Primer/Refresher
Here's an opportunity to start your hand stitching adventure or refresh your memory about certain stitches. Julie will teach you a small selection of stitches and give you tips on how you can modify them for different effects. Students will create a small stitch sampler.

Boro-Style Stitch Sampler

Introduction to Boro-Style Stitching: Running Stitch/Sashiko Patterns
Explore the possibilities of using Boro-style patching and simple Running stitches to create intricate designs. Julie will show you how can combine rows, columns, and diagonals of stitch to design patterns. Students will stitch a small sampler.

Visible Mending Sampler
Introduction to Visible Mending
Mending clothes has become a socially conscious endeavor and an artistic statement. Students will have the option to work on a mending sampler or a piece of their own clothing. Julie will show you several playful approaches to visible mending (mending that is meant to stand out) and enhancing including different patching techniques, reverse applique and surface darning.

Stitch Mandalas Sampler
Stitch Mandalas
Hand stitching can be a meditative practice. Mandala, which means circle in the ancient language of Sanskrit, is a form often used in meditation to center and focus one's attention. In this workshop, Julie will teach variations of a select number of basic embroidery stitches that can be worked within a circular format with beautiful results. Stitches covered will include variations of: Running, Blanket, Straight and Couching stitches, and needle woven Spider's Webs. Students will create samplers featuring their Stitch Mandalas.

Thank you and hope to hear from you!-- Julie



Sunday, February 6, 2022

What I've been up to... Marie's Medicine Bag

Marie's Medicine Bag and the sister bag.

It's been a while since I posted about what I've been up to...stitching project-wise. With the ease of posting on Instagram and Facebook, I've tended to focus my blog posts on featuring student work and upcoming workshops. Now that those are all underway for the Winter session, I thought I'd post about one of my in-progress projects. For those of you who want to follow me on a more regular basis...I post nearly every day on Instagram (boothjb4757) and Facebook (Julie Basseches Booth). Feel free to pop over to my feed to get almost daily posts of my work.

Marie's Medicine Bag is an ongoing project started in 2021. Marie's been very patient! I'm finally back to seriously stitching on her bag. I'm very excited about it and how she plans to use it. I'm hoping for more opportunities to create meaningful pieces such as this that will be used with a spiritual purpose in mind. This is also a collaboration...which gives it additional meaning. Marie beaded around the amazing Sonoran stone that will be the centerpiece of the bag. She wants the beaded stone piece to be removable so it can also be used as pendant. That required a bit of brainstorming and the Sonoran had to travel back and forth in order to receive a beaded bail that would fit through a slit in front flap.

Here's a mock-up sample that I made of the front flap so that Marie could create the bail to fit.


The bag went through two design iterations... another part of the collaboration. One design plan was to work with fabric patches and cover them with Running stitch patterns in my Boro-style stitching. This was a "quieter" design.

First design attempt for the Medicine bag.

Although Marie liked the layout and colors. This was not what was in her mind's eye. She gave me permission to "go wild and crazy"! So I switched gears and out came the yarns and fabric bits and tulle and the fun really started!

Lots of fun "stuff" to play with for the second design!

The final layout for the bag is full of energy and the opportunity for lots of  "organic" stitching.

Final layout of the front.
Final layout of the back.

Here are a couple of recent photos of my stitching on the bag. I looking forward to carving out more time to work on it over the coming months. I plan to update here but also be sure to check my Instagram (booth jb4757) and Facebook (Julie Basseches Booth) feeds for more immediate images of my progress. Thanks for stopping by....
Beginning with some couching.


More stitching details.