Japanese EmbroideryTechniques – Boroboro And Sashiko

Learn the Japanese embroidery and patching techniques of Sashiko and Boro, producing stitched samples that could lead to other projects.
The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Your tutor, Lara Hailey, is a textile artist and educator. She studied at Goldsmiths college and has taught at a number of London colleges, galleries and museums. She has exhibited her work throughout the UK and has recently been selected for a residency in New York.

Who is this course for

The course is for anyone who has an interest in stitch and wants to practice and learn new techniques. It is suitable for any level, beginner or advanced as you will be encouraged to develop your skills at an appropriate rate to your experience.

What does this course cover

Learning about traditional Japanese textiles.
Introduces different Sashiko patterns and the how to stitch them.
The concept behind Boro work, how to piece and stitch fabric together.
Discussions about colour, composition and pattern.
Please see below for your course materials list

What will it be like

Hand-outs and images of samples sent via email.
Practical demonstrations via zoom.
Discussion and questions via zoom.
Finish sample for homework.
Group evaluation of finished samples via zoom.

Your progress will be assessed by individual presentation and group discussion/feedback via zoom.

What else do you need to buy or do

Ideally you will have sashiko thread, you can order it here: https://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/acatalog/Sashiko_Thread.html

You could use stranded embroidery cotton but you will find the technique easier with the correct thread.
Medium weight woven fabric with a loose weave. Traditional sashiko fabric is indigo dyed cotton, but a linen/cotton weave would also work.
Sashiko embroidery needle (ordered from above website). If you can't get the above needle then a long, sharp darning needle could substitute.
A ruler
A water soluble fabric pen.

Woven cotton for base of Boro patching.
Range of assorted fabric scraps for Boro patching, including plain and patterned woven fabrics.
Sashiko needle and thread (but stranded embroidery cotton and a long sharp needle could be used.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:


You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Further Study at Mary Ward; Embroidery class on Thursday afternoons.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.

Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’