02 January 2018

Spring Workshops 2018

Happy New Year to you all!

Mending on a large furoshiki found at a Tokyo Flea market

I was so fortunate that my art and teaching took me to so many interesting places where I met such wonderful people in 2017. Teaching took me to Arrowmont in Tennessee, and to the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico. Both storied places where artists have been visiting and creating for years. My part in co-curating the MUSUBU exhibit took me to Tokyo where I made many new friends and became even more enamored of that alluring city.

Boro fragment from my personal collection - I take this example to every class

Now here we are in 2018 and I have a number of workshops coming up in the first half of the year that I want to share with you. Here is my teaching schedule through the end of June 2018:

One of my Boro Sampler Book pages

Boro Sampler Books
French General, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, February 18th, 2018, 10-4
(class is full - get on waitlist!)

Japanese Mending as Utility and Embellishment
Saturday, April 21st, 2018, 11-5

Mending on a large furoshiki found at a Tokyo flea

Boro Sampler Books
A Work of Heart, San Jose, CA
Sunday, May 6th, 2018, 10:00-5:00

The Boro Aesthetic: Creating Fiber Arts Pieces Inspired by Japanese Textiles
Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
Friday-Sunday, June 1st-3rd, 2018

Boro Sampler Books and Boro Bags
Ashland Art Center, Ashland, Oregon
Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10th, 2018
10:00-4:00 each day

Boro Bags

At the end of June I will be traveling to France to join French General's France Getaway Retreat! I will be teaching in the afternoons after the morning outings and adventures. How can you NOT join us?

Exploring Craft, Textiles and Food
French General's France Getaway
June 22 - 29th, 2018 

detail from one of my teaching samplers

If none of these locales are near to you remember that my book The Boro Aesthetic: Books, Bags, Zakka and Zokin is available on Blurb and Amazon. It includes handouts from my workshops, text that covers what I discuss in class, color images and a glossary. It is a slim volume but it includes how-to information from three workshops.

I appreciate each and every time that any of you sign up and take a workshop with me and I hope to see you in 2018!


  1. Does your book include the process you use to remove old book covers? I love both the Japanese mending and your use of old book covers.

    1. No I don't talk about that in the book or teach that. I just do it!

  2. I would SO love to take your Oakland class...I had signed up for that last year, but it was cancelled. This year, I will be traveling. :( Am interested in the workshop in Ashland in June. How much is it and how do we sign up?

    1. Hmmm. None of my classes there have ever been cancelled. But, maybe you can make the Ashland one. Follow the link in the blogpost for sign up information.

  3. I ordered your book last year and go back to it frequently for inspiration. Could you do a blog post on your use of stamped images and why you add them to your stitched work?

  4. I talk about this a bit in the previous blog post about my Bibliomuse series. It is imagery from select withdrawn library books.

    1. What kind of inks/paints do you like for stencils and image transfers? What "adheres" well to the textiles?

    2. It really depends on your materials and what kind of effect you want. There are a lot of products out there. I recommend taking a class somewhere. Or online at Creativebug - I believe there are a few printmaking and fabric printing classes there.