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408: Boro: The Art of Japanese Patchwork

4 & 5 Jan: 9.30am - 4.45pm
408: Boro: The Art of Japanese Patchwork
Boro means, literally, “tatters” or patchwork. This was made by repurposing saved garment pieces and other fabrics. They were sewn together as a patchwork built up from many layers providing extra warmth. Makers used careful patching and stitching to craft these textiles, mending the same item many times over many generations. With Philippa Thomas leading the course, students will learn a modern-day version of boro. They will make a piece of boro fabric using scraps and hand stitchery, which will then be used to create a small bag. Once learned, the technique can be used in many other sewing projects at home.

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced (18+ years)

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Philippa Thomas

Philippa Thomas
Award-winning Western Australian quilter, Philippa Thomas, began quilting while she was living in Brazil in 1988. In 1990 she began teaching patchwork and quilting classes as part of the American Womens’ Association, giving courses of 8 lessons, approximately every 6 months. Between 1996 and 2011 she continued teaching, in India and the UK, then moved to Perth in 2011. Since then, she has been involved with quilting as a practitioner, administrator, judge and contributor to quilting publications. Since 1993 until now, she has been the winner of many awards including the 2012 West Australian Quilters Association (QuiltWest) 'Millennium Quilt' Mainly Applique Amateur 1st Place, 2015 West Australian Quilters' Association (Challenge) 'Half Light' on a theme ‘Illumination’, 1st Place Member's Choice Award and 1st place in the 2018 West Australian Quilters' Association (QuiltWest) ‘Beach Bum Boulevard’ in the pictorial quilt section.


Early Bird discount applies only until 30/10/2020, after which you will need to select the normal fee.

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