This is not the best picture in the world, but it gives an idea of my latest boro-inspired experiment. I used a convenient pomeranian dog to prop it up against for the photograph and I don’t think it really worked.
This piece, which is about the size of an A4 piece of paper, is made from strips of silk, mainly slubbed dupion, which I tore ages ago to make a scarf. I had made about a foot of the scarf before I realised it looks fantastic in the book but would look ridiculous on me. So, I was left with a bag of bits, and, as regular readers will know, I can’t bear to throw anything away. I found them recently when looking for something else of course. I rather like them as a variation on the boro idea of making up a cloth using tiny scraps, and I particularly like the rich colours of the shot dupion:
The strips were hand sewn with perlé cotton onto a piece of linen from a charity shop skirt, and the whole thing was a delight to sew.
I am doing quit a bit of hand sewing at the moment as it is too hot for machining in my studio and the fan blows all my stuff about. Plus, I am still learning how to use my behemoth of a new machine. Watch this space, though, for when it cools down and I start to become more machine confident.