Susan Egge Haftel

​Susan has traveled around the world collecting textiles. She would be delighted to share her experiences and her collection with your group.  A three-hour workshop featuring boro, the Japanese mending technique, is a fitting follow-up.

Boro is a traditional method of Japanese mending. Patches of fabric are sewn randomly to the surface of the base cloth using a simple running stitch. This mending is done quickly and does not require fine sewing techniques. After we make a small patchwork piece, we will fold it, add a zipper, and make a small change purse. Students should be able to finish during the workshop.


All purse materials will be supplied for a kit fee of $10.00. Kit includes Japanese fabrics, batting, lining, thread, needle, zipper. 


Supply list. Please bring the following:

  • small scissors to snip embroidery threads
  • large scissors for trimming fabric. You will be trimming the purse top to size, so a larger, sharp scissors is helpful
  • thimble or needle puller
  • needle and thread for sewing seams. I use quilting thread for this step since it's strong and doesn't tangle. The supplied chenille needle and pearl cotton are not good for this step.
  • (optional) a charm or a tassel is a cute addition to this purse.

This is a boro-style coin purse that took Susan about 4 hours to make by hand. Workshop participants who work more slowly than Susan does can easily finish this small purse at home.