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Sashiko & Boro Japanese Mending Workshop

Sashiko & Boro Japanese Mending

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Come and learn the traditional Japanese mending embroidery method of Sashiko and Boro stitching- to fix and revive your damaged or old clothing...
Sashiko means "little stabs" in Japanese or "little pierce" and is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching that started out of practical need during the Edo era (1615-1868) in Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, making the piece ultimately stronger and warmer.

Worn out clothes were pieced together to make new garments by using simple running stitches. These clothes increased their strength with this durable embroidery.

Boro is very close to Sashiko, both use white thread on indigo and both are mending techniques but boro meaning “rags” or “tattered cloth,” refers to textiles that have been patched many times, so giving a far less structured effect. This sturdy method makes both Boro and Sashiko perfect for mending denim.


During this 2 hour workshop you will be given an introduction in to the traditional Japanese method of mending- using Sashiko and Boro embroidery, using beautiful fabrics as patches to fix any holes in your clothing and to create beautiful traditional designs.
You will have a range of stencils to choose from to outline your Sashiko design on your clothing or fabric. And our friendly tutor will give you design suggestions on how to layer up your patches, to give that authentic Japanese Boro effect.

You will leave feeling inspired to continue fixing and rejuvenating your favourite pieces at home!

This will be a hand sewing class, so no need to be a pro on the sewing machine! Which means you will be able to learn the techniques and continue to fix your clothing in the comfort of your own home.

All materials will be provided and a 10% discount will be given to those bringing their own clothing to the workshop. Just enter the code RESTORE at checkout.

Fabrics will also be provided if you just want to learn the techniques first.



Suitable for complete beginners

504Arch is a 3 min walk from Loughborough Junction Station and a 15 min walk from Brixton Tube Station

Once you've booked on to the workshop, you'll receive a confirmation email.

Looking forward to seeing you then!

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What's included in the price?


All materials will be provided and a 10% discount will be given to those bringing in their own clothing to the workshop.

You will be provided with and get to keep the following materials for the workshop:

1.) Fabric

2.) Embroidery Thread

3.) Sewing needle

4.) Hand out instructions

**We will provide scissors, stencils and tailors chalk during the session**


Including the lovely vegan kind! If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know before the workshop.


Hannah Porter at Restoration London
504 Arch
504 Arch, Brixton
Greater London
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Limited mobility
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users

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2 hours (11:30am to 1:30pm)

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