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The Boro Stitch as a Brush Stroke

October 9 - 14, 2022

Deborah Fell  ·  deborahfell.com

Workshop at a glance

Slow down and relish the process of boro stitching as you explore personal mark making on cloth.


  • Use stitch lines as “brushstrokes”
  • Gee’s Bend Quilters, Boro and Kantha stitch practices


  • Fabric scraps (linen, cotton, silk, denim, muslin)
  • Sewing tools (scissors, needles, pearl cotton thread, straight pins)


  • Small compositions using different boro and stitch techniques
  • Ideas and techniques to jumpstart new projects

Artist Bio

Deborah Fell has been a professional educator for over 30 years and Artist-in-Residence in Mendocino, California; the Vermont Studio Center; and at the University of Illinois. Her work was featured on the front cover of Art Quilting Studio and she was the featured artist for the January 2017 Patchwork Professional in Germany. Fell had art exhibit openings in South Africa, Holland and France and won the Quilts Japan Prize at the Visions Art Museum in 2018.
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Workshop Description

Our world moves very fast. This retreat-like boro workshop will focus on slowing down and relishing in process rather than product. Students will create small compositions and use these designs to jumpstart their new work. This is not a technique workshop where you learn how to hand stitch, but how to use the stitch line as mark making on cloth, the brush strokes that make the composition complete. During class, the Gee’s Bend Quilters are included, and Boro and Kantha stitching practices, are examined. Each day will open with a design presentation and participants will explore personal mark making preferences in groups. Supplies needed are minimal and no machines are necessary. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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