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Susan Briscoe

The Book of Boro by Susan Briscoe

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  • by Susan Briscoe

    Boro textiles are the traditional Japanese craft of recycling and repairing, from a time when very little could be wasted. Now popular as an inspiration for modern stitchers, you can discover boro history and techniques with this book.

    A history section introduces boro, and includes many examples from my personal boro collection, which has been gathering for almost 30 years and has provided the inspiration for the projects in this book.

    Fabrics and techniques are illustrated and explained, with detailed photos and diagrams covering antique boro and modern boro inspired techniques.

    Ten project chapters have large and small items to try out different boro inspired looks, with plenty of scope to use up your scraps and relax as you stitch your own boro treasures.

    Projects range from a hanten jacket (and its miniature counterpart) to several useful bags including a gadget slipcase, a gorgeous throw, several cushions, table linen and more. Each project takes an item from Susan's collection as its starting point, developing various features and details. Of course, this is just the beginning - you can use boro techniques on all kinds of things.

  • Paperback:
    128 pages

    David & Charles (10 Nov. 2020)

    20.96 x 1.27 x 27.31 cm
  • About Susan Briscoe

    I am a designer and textile artist, author of more than a dozen books and I teach creative textile workshops. I also sell vintage Japanese fabrics at exhibitions and events around the UK, including World Textile Day

    I appear on UK sewing channel Sewing Quarter from time to time too - previous shows are available to watch worldwide on YouTube -

    My Facebook artist page is -

    Follow my blog at

    I've been writing my blog for over 10 years now, so all the major events of the last decade are there, with lots of photos too.

    I live in Scotland with my husband Glyn.