Boro Stitch

If I've calculated correctly I've had this textile for 13+ years. It's a block printed textile from India. I've been hard on it. It's been used as my bedspread. The sun has faded it in areas. My cat put lot's of holes in it as a kitten learning how to jump and retract his claws. It's almost used up but I wanted to get a little more life out of it.

I decided to make it my first Boro stitch project. I shared about Boro a little in my Sashiko stitch post. Boro is a Japanese mending stitch and oh did this need some mending. At first I thought I was fixing a couple large holes...

My first mendings on the piece are in the center and upper left of this image.

My first mendings on the piece are in the center and upper left of this image.

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But nope, tons of little holes from the years of use. In some areas this fabric is basically thread bare. It turned into the perfect project to explore this visible mending technique. My plan was to hang this as a shower curtain when I'd finished so I knew it would be forgiving to my novice skill level.

To mend something it's necessary to back the hole with a piece of fabric larger than the hole.

To tie off my thread I connected my back stitches securing my ends.

To tie off my thread I connected my back stitches securing my ends.

The back of my textile is very messy with these little scraps of cloth but in use they won't be seen.

The back of my textile is very messy with these little scraps of cloth but in use they won't be seen.

Perhaps my favorite little mend.

Perhaps my favorite little mend.

Mending, mending, mending...

Mending, mending, mending...

It ended up being a much larger project than I expected so I working on it every day for about 10 days. Sometimes for a couple hours, sometimes for 5 minutes. If you're trying this out for the first time I do recommend starting out with your smallest hole first before tackling the larger ones. I wish I had done that myself.

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Now it hangs in my bathroom totally transforming the tiny space! Because it's not backlit the mending scraps don't stand out just the boro stitches themselves.