BORO inspired 'lucky bag' BLUES/BROWNS - NEW Japanese fabric & sashiko
As promised last week, here are my very first boro Lucky Bags!
Do you know the Japanese New Year sale tradition of the Lucky Bag? You get a great value discounted selection of goodies, but you can't look inside the bag first - it's a mystery. Lucky bags may be themed by products (stationery, accessories, makeup etc.) and are sold by stores in the New Year sales.
My lucky bags are themed by technique (sashiko, kogin etc.), materials and/or a keyword or phrase, such as 'wintertime', 'golden' or 'Japanese New Year' to give you a clue as to the products and colour themes of each bag.
Boro inspired fabric bits, blues and browns ... This bag will contain fabric pieces equivalent to approx 1 metre of 110cm wide new Japanese fabrics. These are cotton fabrics that are woven or printed to look like antique Japanese cottons - including tsumugi (slubbed cotton), stripes, checks, and geometric katazome (stencil dyed) fabrics - which are also available by the half metre on my website fabrics page. They are mostly thicker fabrics, rather than the patchwork weight ones, although some of the stripes and plaids are not so heavy in this selection.
They will be a similar selection to the indigo blues and browns that I used for the projects like the hanten jacket from 'The Book of Boro' (see detail photos of the jacket above, which was stitched with 370m fine 3ply sashiko thread in cream), although they will not be exactly the same fabrics - each pack will vary. There will be pieces of stripes, checks and traditional geometric prints as well as more solid blues, and they may include faux patchwork prints. The sizes of the pieces will vary, but they will be quite large so you can cut them down to the sizes you want to use. They are ideal for mixing with other fabrics from your stash to give your boro inspired project the Japanese boro style and texture. These fabrics are 100% cotton.
I will include a 370m skein of fine 4ply cream, white, brown or other dark coloured sashiko thread (solid colours only). Which colour you get will be a surprise, but if there is a particular shade you want, please ask when you order and I will do my best to include it - please use the link to see the different colours. Boro textiles were often stitched with darker threads instead of cream or white. This is excellent thread for stiching boro, and the biggest value skein I stock. I recommend using the smaller sizes of Clover sashiko needles for stitching boro inspired work with this thread, as they will go through the fabric a little easier than the larger sashiko needles.