February Meeting


Thanks to our lovely chairperson Theresa, who stepped in as speaker at our February meeting after our original speaker was postponed, we all enjoyed a talk about three very interesting Japanese crafts:

Boro Quilting - Boro are a particular kind of Japanese textiles that have been mended or patched together by simple stitching in order to reuse. The term Boro comes from the Japanese boroboro,which means something tattered or repaired. Theresa made this beautifully stitched Boro bag.

Furoshiki- These are a kind of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport clothes, gifts or other things. Furoshiki wrapping has a particular style which reflects Japanese interest in ceremony,beauty,multi-functional objects and attention to detail in everyday living. Cloth wrapping has been around for more than 1200 years in Japan. The word furoshiki actually means 'bath spread' and originated in the Edo period (1603-1868) when the cloths were commonly used in bath houses to wrap clothes and as a bath mat.

Some examples of how one furoshiki cloth can be used multiple times are:

wrapping a gift

a bag for shopping

picnic hamper

a tablecloth

a scarf or belt

Furoshiki is not only aesthetically  pleasing, but eco friendly too. It can replace wrapping paper and plastic bags and is recyclable. 

Theresa brought in some beautiful examples of furoshiki that she has done

Sashiko- A Japanese hand-sewing technique using a running stitch to embroider a patterned background.

Sashiko means 'little stabs' and this technique originated in the Edo era (1615-1868) and was traditionally used to repair, recycle or reinforce garments. The patterns are geometric and include both straight and curved lines arranged in a repeating pattern. Below is an example of a Sashiko stitched sampler hand-sewn by one of our talented GQ members.

Japanese textile supplies are available online from Euro-Japan links.

Our members also shared their wonderful work with us in our Show and Tell time, inspiring us with their talent and ideas.

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