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We are a group of like minded stitchers of all levels living in and around Bournemouth, Dorset; who are interested in all types of textile work; hand stitching, machine stitching and beyond.

We normaly meet at:- West Parley Memorial Hall on the 4th Friday of each Month (not necessarily the last Friday!!). Between 09.00am and 2 pm. Christchurch Rd, West Parley, Bournemouth, BH22 8SQ. 

Please arrive by about 9.00, for a prompt start at 9.30am;

this will allow time to set up the room, prepare your own materials and have an initial coffe

This will allow time for you to help set up the room, prepare your own materials and have an initial coffee/tea.

We are always very pleased to showcase the high standards and talents of members. If you would like to take a workshop, for our branch, please speak to one of the committee members.


Programme of events 2022

Needs list for the Bournemouth Stitchers



Program and needs list for Friday the 28th January 2022

The Art of Boro by Paula Simpson


Boro work originates from the Japanese word ‘boroboro’ which means tattered or repaired. It is a technique which traditionally relates to the repairing and piecing of worn clothing worn by the workers in the fields of Japan. Prior to the introduction of cotton fabrics, the fabric which would have been repaired would have been indigo dyed hemp, which is the lovely deep blue colour. The stitches used would have been running stitches; however, it has become somewhat of an art form with the introduction of Sashiko which is a decorative, Japanese style of embroidery.


In this workshop we will design and make a bag by taking pieces of new and recycled blue fabrics to create a piece with a layered, collaged effect in the ‘Boro Style’.


I have provided the requirements list below for making a small bag. I will bring along a supply of some blue fabrics which can be used for the collage, and Moda Shibori printed fabrics, which can be bought at a small cost.


Requirements for the Boro Bag – finished size 11 ½” x 15 ½”


 1 metre of medium weight blue fabric would be more than enough to make the bag, but as it is a recycling-style project you may wish to use fabric that you already have. I will bring along a pattern for the pieces used to make the bag.



The size of the pieces are listed below:

  • Front and back of bag – two pieces of medium weight blue fabric 12 x 14” on to which the small pieces of fabric can be collaged
  • Handle main fabric – two pieces 4 x 28”
  • Lining fabric – 2 pieces 12 x 14”
  • Tab - 2 pieces 4 x 5”
  • Wadding or Bosel to provide structure – 2 pieces 12 x 14”
  • Button for fastening
  • Sashiko or darning needle (a long needle with a small eye) or embroidery, crewel or chenille needle with a sharp point and large eye
  • Sashiko thread, high twist cotton, cotton perle in white weight 8 or 12 or stranded embroidery thread; coloured threads could also be used to add a ‘pop’ of colour
  • Hand sewing equipment
  • A ruler and fabric chalk or pen suitable for darker fabrics (if you wish to have neat lines). 
  • Fabrics for the collage:

Traditionally hemp dyed with indigo would be used, however cotton, linen, silk indigo-dyed fabrics are suitable. Shibori hand dyed fabrics are interesting to use and Moda fabrics have a range of printed shibori-style fabrics.

In the style of Boro any blue fabrics new and upcycled could be used to create a design.

Recycled fabrics e.g., old denim jeans, old clothes, left over scraps of fabrics. It is a good way of upcycling; however, the firmer, heavier weight denim is difficult to sew by hand.

As only small pieces are needed to create the collage, it’s great to share fabric, with members of your group.



Requirements List for Eileen's ‘Coiled Baskets’ Workshop – 25th Feb 2022

  1. Piping Cord.

Available from Fabric Land. 3 Dominion Rd, West Howe Industrial Estate, Bournemouth. BH11 8LH. Fabricland.co.uk  

I bought a whole box so as not to run out, and it was cheaper – you will use more than you think.

Size 6 worked for me, but it is not critical.

  1. Heavy fabric – upholstery fabric, velvet. To wrap round the cord.
  2. Thread to wrap round fabric to hold it in place.
  3. Strong thread to create basket – This will be ‘sewn’ round and through the wrapped cord to make up the basket.


This method using cord makes quite a strong basket. A softer version can be made without using the piping cord. For this you will need

  1. Heavy fabric eg. tweed to make the centre of your coil.
  2. Wool/thread to wrap round it.
  3. Strong thread/wool to create basket.


Large and small scissors and a mixture of needles – you might not be sure of which needle works best on your combination of fabrics until you try to work with it.



2022-Tea Coffee Rota

   Date.                Teas and Coffees providers.                 Teacher's lunch provider.       


28.01,22 :-                  Maggie & Gill                     Janet Lincoln - for Paula Simpson   

25.02.22 :-

25.03.22 :-

22.04.22 :-

27.05.22 :-