In Japanese, boro literally means “rags, scraps or tattered” items. Boro mending techniques were used by Japanese peasants during the 17th-19th centuries. Laws at the time prohibited the poor to access fine silk and cotton fabrics. They patched their clothing and household items with scraps of fabric on hand.
During the 20th century, modernization meant more people could afford to purchase new textiles, and boro fell out of favor.
Boro mending has made a resurgence in the past several years. Now, original boro creations are admired as cultural artifacts.
Boro mending is also is gaining popularity as many of us try to consume less. Boro represents a no-waste aesthetic where nothing is thrown away – even scraps are precious.
I have a growing collection of vintage Japanese fabrics to use for boro hand mending. Also, you may choose from a variety of stitch patterns known as sashiko or Japanese embroidery. I have several colors of thread available to give your garment a traditional or more updated look.
Contact me and we can arrange a time to talk about your items and how you’d like to transform them.
I have several English Wool sweater made by Black Sheep Knitgwear in Marsham, Norfolk, UK. I love sweaters and I’m totally convinced that the English just have a way with wool. Over the years beginning in the late 90s, I’ve aquired several sweaters from Black Sheep. Regular wearing created a need for some repair. After looking for several years for a local craftperson to whom I could trust my sweaters, Staff at Fibre Space put me in toudh with Christina. Christina has expertly done all the repairs needed and I’ve learned an amazing amount about caring for my sweaters. She is a craftspperson at the top of her game
When I saw what Christina had accomplished with my Scottish tweed coat, I was astounded and delighted. I recommend her work without reservation.
The damage on the coat’s left shoulder was the result of over 40 years of handbag shoulder straps and car seat belts rubbing against the fibers. Bluntly, there were no fibers left in a hole about 4 inches in diameter and I thought I would have to finally discard the coat, kicking myself for my carelessness.
Christina sourced wool fibers that exactly matched the original tweed weave and rewove the area such that it is now identical to the right shoulder. Her work is exceptional, and such a joy to encounter in this age of throw-away clothing.
Frankly, I did not think that this level of expertise existed any longer.
Lovely! They’re smooth and lightweight. I’m excited to start on my sock project!
Quick shipping. Packaged very well. I am very happy with the quality of these needles. Beautiful – very well made. I love they also have the size of the needle on them. Overall I expect to repurchase from this shop in the future.
Fantastic customer service! My item came days before I expected it, the packaging was environmentally conscious, and there was a personalized thank you note included with my item. The crochet hook is just what I needed too!