I have a love/hate relationship with sewing machines. I'm not proud of it, exactly, but it is something I have felt for most of my life. I like to make things and while I have used a sewing machine in the past, it usually was a painful and difficult project. I guess this is why hand stitching appeals to me so much.
I have a wonderful collection of Japanese indigo fabrics. I've been squirreling it away as I come across new pieces for years. And for years the idea of doing something in a Boro style has been growing and hand stitching it. (Boro textiles are a sort of Japanese indigo fabric patchwork done by frugal people to use, reuse and re-purpose textile scraps.)
I believe that Boro style came about when something useful was damaged, it was patched with some available scrap. In the process these textiles became a sort of "story" and many are multi-generational textiles. These fabrics have become quite collectible and I have been fascinated with them ever since I first stumbled upon a futon cover about ten years ago at an auction. I love how the tiniest piece of hand-woven indigo might be used to "fix" a hole in a useful fabric, from a futon cover to a workman's coat. Many fisher men's clothing was made in this style as it becomes thick and "padded" with the addition of layers and quilting to hold it all together, and so warm clothing to be worn while fishing
|woven square of various fabrics, basted onto tea-dyed backing of light weight cotton|
|a woven moon, 6 inches square, hand quilted|
|close up of a woven moon|