Japanese BORO Sashiko stitch & repair workshop with Rhyannan Hall


Sat 27 Nov 2021 16:00 - 19:00

Book Before 17:00 Fri 26 Nov 2021

Fee: £35.00 | Platform: ZOOM

Image from Rhyannan’s exhibition

Japanese BORO Sashiko stitch & repair workshop with Rhyannan Hall

Japanese Boro is a ‘visible mending’ method that restores structural integrity to textiles. Originally conceived as a means of prolonging the life of clothing and bedding due to scarcity of fabrics, this traditional art-form goes deeper than simply patching up worn-out garments. It’s an analogy for personal self-care, celebrating each individual’s own “wear & tear” and sense of self-empowerment through the therapeutic process of strengthening the garment.

Using a simple stitching method called ‘sashiko’ – meaning ‘little stabs’ in Japanese – each item of clothing is lovingly reinforced and injected with its own personal history, while promoting the wabi sabi philosophy of the beauty of imperfection.

Following the popular talk session of Shibori in August, Japanese textile artist Rhyannan Hall will return to HYPER JAPAN to share her knowledge and expertise on Japanese Sashiko stitch & repair to give your favourite worn out denim or cloth a new look! There is an option for you to purchase a BORO repair kit which includes offcut vintage Japanese fabric you would not find at your local haberdashers!

Date:                            27th November 2021, Saturday
Time:                           16:00-19:00 GMT (3 hours lesson, short breaks in between)
Instructor’s profile:    Rhyannan Hall
Online tool:                 ZOOM (link will be sent to you before your workshop**)
Max Number:              10

Ticket Price (to participate the workshop):

  • £35 – Single person ticket
  • £55 – DUO ticket ( 2 person to join with 1 Zoom access )

Price includes access to exclusive online content and video that you can refer back to for your learning.

Above Ticket sales will close at 5pm on 26th November 2021, Friday.

Add-on Options for BORO repair kit (available for the mainland U.K. residents only):

  • Option A: £31 Basic starter kit (see the details and photos below)
  • Option B: £53 Super size kit (see the details and photos below)

(Incl. first class shipping fee inside the mainland UK. Please see below for kit details and photos.)
Above Option sales will close at 5pm on 19th November 2021, Friday.on

You will need to purchase Single or DUO Ticket to participate Rhyannan’s workshop. Option A & B are ONLY available to purchase along with Single or DUO tickets.

Option A & B are only available for the mainland U.K. residents. Please send us an email prior to your purchase for any questions.

Note: We can only process a refund for a kit, only if requested within 14days after your purchase – as specified in our T&C – and you return the kit in its original condition to Rhyannan in case she has already dispatched to you.

Precautions: Over 14 years old

** Please read our Terms and Conditions before you purchase your tickets: Terms and Conditions for HYPER JAPAN ONLINE EVENTS
** If you don’t receive any information one day before the class, please send an email here: contact@hyperjapan.co.uk
** This online session will NOT be recorded to protect the privacy of workshop participants.

Workshop plan

Please take 15 minutes before the start of the session to prepare your workspace.

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Introduction to the history of sashiko and boro
  3. Why is it relevant to us now?
  4. Show and tell of our garments to fix
  5. (Quick break)
  6. Identifying the area to repair
  7. Starting to repair – building the foundational patch
  8. Attaching the foundational patch – working from the inside out
  9. Preparing the outside – making it look beautiful
  10. Begin sashiko stitching
  11. Completing works (may not be finished by end of session, but you should have a good start)
  12. Questions and answers

You will receive exclusive online content and video that you can refer back to for your learning. Rhyannan will be happy to provide feedback on your repair if you email her once you have finished.

Workshop kit you will need for the class

Please prepare this equipment by yourself before the workshop starts.

You will need a table, good lighting, small scissors and something to repair. Denim items such as jeans or a jacket are ideal for beginners. Coats and knitted jumpers are not suitable for this workshop.

If you have not purchased a starter kit, please use it (lists and photos below) as a reference list for things you will require to complete the workshop. Beeswax is not essential but many people find it useful.

💫Option A – Basic starter kit – 💫

  1. Sashiko needles – 2 needles
  2. Beeswax
  3. Water-eraseable pen
  4. Sashiko Thread – 1 colour (blue)
  5. 100g of vintage Japanese textiles (potluck bag of pattern and plain)

💫Option B – Super size kit 💫

  1. Sashiko needles – 4 needles
  2. Beeswax
  3. Water-erasable pens – 2 pens
  4. Sashiko threads – 3 plain colours and 2 variated colours
  5. 200 g of vintage Japanese textiles (potluck bag of pattern and plain)


Rhyannan Hall


Japanese Textile Artist

Oxidate Design

Rhyannan’s work is an inventive reimagining of a 140-year-old Japanese textile dyeing method called ‘Arashi Shibori’. Seeing the potential for this craft to become an expressive art form, she has been practising arashi since 2014 – always experimenting with different materials, media and methods. There is a world of possibility. She brings a fresh angle to this esoteric craft by adding a dash of Bristol – the art, the politics, the music.

Operating under the moniker ‘Oxidate Design’, she produces fine art textiles, commercial textiles and leads workshops. Her work Eraser was on show at the Toyama Museum of Art and Design (Japan) as part of the prestigious inter-national KOGEI award – which celebrates innovation in artisan crafts. Since then, she has been awarded a grant by the Daiwa Foundation and the Great British Sasakawa Foundation for travel and research in Japan in 2022.
You can often find Rhyannan hiding in her ‘Art Cave’ which is located in The Island on Nelson Street. Concocting alchemical potions of synthetic and plant-based colours, she creates a palette of taste and rhythm and feeling.

In a previous life, she was a textile artist for theatre, film and TV. She has trained under artists from the Royal Opera House and worked for clients such as the Dominion Theatre, Red Bull and Mushroom from Massive Attack.

Rhyannan will host Itajime Shibori workshops at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2022. Itajime Shibori is a Japanese method of ‘tie and dye’ that makes mesmerising kaleidoscopic patterns. Join her to take one special piece to take home with you.


‘Arashi Shibori’ is a specific and refined ‘tie-and-dye’ technique. Cloth is first wrapped around a pole, bound with thread, then compressed and dyed. In its most basic form, it creates a striped pattern but are over 400 distinct patterns.
Rhyannan has often wondered why she is so enamored by this peculiar method. Perhaps it is the name that seduces her. ‘Arashi’ means storm, as the traditional form looks like rainfall being driven by wind. Climate change weighs heavy on her mind: the environmental destruction caused by the fashion industry, built on a bedrock of social injustice. She told us “There is a radical political potential in textiles- we need a new approach to textiles, one for a socially just and environmentally regenerative future.”
Perhaps it is because ‘arashi’ epitomises a delicate balance between control and chaos – the tight-rope that we all walk in life. She pleats her cloth so carefully, binds her poles so precisely, and gives in to the chaotic unknown of a dye vat. “It is a deep life lesson in letting go. Sometimes I try to ruin my work, but it comes out looking better.”
Perhaps it is also the element of surprise – you can never tell how a finished shibori will look until you open it, and once opened you can never go back. Nothing is perfect, nothing is finished, everything comes to an end.
Whatever it is that keeps her obsessed, she insisted they are made with both love and with rage.

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